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Looking for our Michigan homestead

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So I'm finally selling my suburban prison and I'm hoping to find a home and land for our next phase. My goal is to intensively plant one acre (Zone 1), raise chickens and alpacas (Zone 2), and traditionally farm an acre or two (Zone 3). I figure I'll need 6-7 acres (including house, yard, and outbuildings) for that. If I find a larger parcel, what's left will become a food forest and possibly a sustainable bamboo farm (Zone 4).

Now for the caveat: I'll need seller financing. We are selling our house after an 8-year struggle to keep it which has left my credit in shambles. I'll walk away from this sale with about 15-20K for a down payment. I'm very familiar with how to structure a land contract, and I expect to repair my credit in three years and be able to finance a balloon payment at that time, but in the interim I'll need to make arrangements directly with the seller.

The areas I'm most interested in would be the lower Thumb (below Marlette), the Webberville/Fowlerville area, or the Tip o' the Mitt (North of Gaylord).

Ideal would be northern Macomb County near New Haven and Richmond, but I suspect that area is priced out of my reach.

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