Judith Browning wrote:We are not in an area where you are looking, but I thought I could mention what we are thinking from a land owners perspective to possibly suggest it to others who could part with a few acres.
We have self surveyed a six acre corner of our forty that we have always thought looked like a good place to have a small homestead. Our hope is to find a young couple with kids (or not) who were looking to dig in and build a home and organic/permaculture gardens, etc. We are still dragging our feet about whether to lease to own or to owner finance...we have settled on $200 a month (with nothing down) for five years and the possibility of some part being for trade for work. We would prefer the five years instead of cash up front because some of our concerns are that when the land is owned by the new owner they could mortgage it and the bank could end up owning it or they could sell to a nightmare neighbor, but at some point we are just going to have to take a leap of faith. Actually your story (from the wandering "aging on the homestead" thread) got us thinking about how to make the deal more fair and secure for both parties. We still haven't worked out all of the implications. It seems like it should be so simple. We are trying to keep in view what would have made our path easier in our twenties and thirties....
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