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Old 02-12-2019, 01:19 PM
 
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Greetings! I would like to buy some land to start my own small homestead, but I have no idea about how to buy land or even how much land I would need to buy. My desire is to own enough land to grow my own organic fruits and vegetables, keep a few chickens, and (eventually) build a home and workshop for my creative/craft businesses. Being in a rural area is not a problem. I just need to be within easy distance of a city with great healthcare facilities and have access to high-speed internet (cable or fiber optic).

What's the minimum amount of land I need to do this? And, can anybody point me to some land purchase websites? Thanks!

CN
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Old 02-12-2019, 01:48 PM
 
Location: Rochester, WA
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If you could find a nice five acre parcel that is mostly usable, you would have more than enough room for a home and shop and or barn with a large garden, chickens, and perhaps a few other animals. 5 acre rural residential is a very common semi-rural zoning around here, for the areas just outside of town. In these areas, you can build one home per five acres, and usually they allow/encourage small farming activity. Further out, you may find zoning that is 1 in 20 acres or 1 in 40.

The prices for land will be all over the board, and I would encourage talking to a good buyer's agent who does land and farms, who can help you navigate through what you need to know to evaluate the properties that are for sale for flooding, hydric soils, rocky or steep terrain, trees on the property, timber or agricultural tax statuses, and other things that will greatly affect the land value and usability.


Much depends on where you are, and where you want to live.
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Old 02-12-2019, 01:53 PM
 
Location: The Triad (NC)
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And, can anybody point me to some land purchase websites?
I think you'll be far better off pointing toward some gardening and farming websites.


Make some friends and get a JOB doing it all.
Get paid to learn the 1000 things for which you don't even know the questions to ask.
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Old 02-12-2019, 02:00 PM
 
Location: Rochester, WA
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In our area, facebook has some really great local groups for small farms, homesteaders, etc. Lots of really encouraging members who want to talk about raising chickens, goats, gardening... and buy/sell/trade barter soap and eggs and goat milk and other produce.

Search for Homesteading groups in your area.
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Old 02-12-2019, 02:03 PM
 
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Best land 4 sale sites:. www.unitedcountry.com. www.landwatch.com. Don't underestimate the cost of infrastructure.
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Old 02-12-2019, 03:53 PM
 
Location: Raleigh NC
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how are you going to pay for the land? From other threads, you have some specific environmental/geographical needs, and you need to spend less than $500/mo on your living arrangements. Maybe you have a lot in savings?
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Old 02-12-2019, 05:35 PM
 
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Five or ten acres would be a typical smaller parcel, but you could probably get by with as little as two acres. Everything really depends on where you want to live.

For larger parcels, I like perusing www.farmandland.com and www.landwatch.com . Your best bet, however, is to figure out where you want to live and look at the local MLS listings. Heck, you might even check out what is listed on Craigslist. As always, buyer beware.

The act of buying land is easy, but buying land requires thorough due diligence. There are more things to consider when buying land than there are when buying a house. Everything from soils and water availability (and quality) to local zoning requirements. Pick an area and then become fully educated. Don't let your homesteading dream turn into a nightmare. And above all, be realistic.

Why not just by land with an existing small house? In some areas, that may make even more sense from an economic perspective. (It's also easier to finance land with a house, if you'll need financing.)
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Old 02-12-2019, 06:21 PM
 
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Getting access to fast internet is a big problem in rural and semi-rural areas. Health care might be an hour or more away for specialists but often there is at least an urgent care type place within 10 or so miles. You also need to consider how difficult it is to grow crops in each area. Soils may be poor or there may be too much shade. Often it is not the amount of land that is critical but the amount of useable land.
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Old 02-12-2019, 07:22 PM
 
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I think you'll be far better off pointing toward some gardening and farming websites.


Make some friends and get a JOB doing it all.
Get paid to learn the 1000 things for which you don't even know the questions to ask.
MrRational, you totally just mansplained to me something that I didn't even ask about. Not cool. But, I know you didn't mean any harm, so we're good.

For future reference, though, don't do again what you just did here. Women don't like that.
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Old 02-12-2019, 07:59 PM
 
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how are you going to pay for the land? From other threads, you have some specific environmental/geographical needs, and you need to spend less than $500/mo on your living arrangements. Maybe you have a lot in savings?
The $500 is what my ideal rent was, not what I can actually pay.
As for the rest of what you asked, why do you want/need to know?
Have a nice night.

Edited to add: I see you're a RE agent. Gotcha! I'm a veteran and I'll probably use my VA home loan benefit.
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