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Old 06-08-2010, 07:08 PM
 
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Default Best state to homestead in?

Are there any you can still homestead in? If so which one is best?
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Old 06-08-2010, 08:46 PM
 
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Are there any you can still homestead in? If so which one is best?
Define homestead. I know here in NJ we have the homestaed tax rebate, (although soon we might not have it anymore)
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Old 06-08-2010, 09:09 PM
 
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You move to uninhabited unowned land, and if you build a house and live there for some time it becomes your land. Like in the Old West.
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Old 06-08-2010, 09:32 PM
 
Location: Hernando County, FL
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You won't find any unowned land. It is possible you could find some parcels that the owner has died and attempt to build a home. Depending on the state you will have a certain amount of years living there before you would be able to file for possession.

Of course most areas require building permits and you would need to show ownership to pull the permits and what if you build the home and a year later the kids come along and tell you to move? You can't exactly take the home with you.

The areas that you are apt to find land where there are not many people around which would give you a better chance at possession would also be in the areas the land is dirt cheap. Why not just buy some land?
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Old 06-09-2010, 12:24 AM
 
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I think there are some small towns around somewhere that have instituted homesteading policies as a way to increase the local population. I can't remember the details, but I'm pretty sure I saw something like that listed for somewhere in NW Illinois. Wherever it was, I believe there were some stipulations, and they may have required that you have children. It wasn't exactly old west-style homesteading, but I think they did give you free land. (sorry my details are so fuzzy; it just stuck in my head, minus the specifics, because I thought it was an interesting idea when I read about it a couple of months ago.)
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Old 06-09-2010, 08:34 AM
 
Location: Arvada, CO
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I think there are some small towns around somewhere that have instituted homesteading policies as a way to increase the local population.
There is a program like that in Kit Carson County, Colorado as well. I want to say it was specifically the town of Flagler, but I could be mistaken (but it was definitely one of the non-Burlington towns on I-70).

I know Kansas has some counties that participate in that sort of thing too.
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Old 06-09-2010, 09:13 AM
 
Location: Brooklyn
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Isn't the original Homestead Act still applicable in Alaska?
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Old 06-09-2010, 11:36 AM
 
Location: Hernando County, FL
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The original Homestead Act was until 1976 except Alaska which was 1986 I think.

When I posted earlier I did forget about those areas that will give away land to people. Only problem is most of those areas are either very remote or have no industry and very hard for someone to make money. I guess it might be good for someone with an internet business or such.
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Old 06-09-2010, 04:43 PM
 
Location: Western North Carolina
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I'm pretty sure there are places in Kanses. However, you must build a qualified regular stick-built home on the land (no mobiles), etc. And I think they're in very rural areas. There's a catch to everything these days.
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Old 06-09-2010, 07:54 PM
 
Location: Chariton, Iowa
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The original Homestead Act was until 1976 except Alaska which was 1986 I think.

When I posted earlier I did forget about those areas that will give away land to people. Only problem is most of those areas are either very remote or have no industry and very hard for someone to make money. I guess it might be good for someone with an internet business or such.
I'm sorry to rain on your parade, but I think that's the point. Even going back to the original Homestead Act, the goal was to get people out into remote places and start up industry and commerce where before there was none.

I guess my point is, if you want something for nothing, as MontanaMom said, it's going to come with a catch.
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