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Where is a good place to start looking for available land to buy?  RSS feed

 
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Sorry if this is the wrong forum for a question like this, but I couldn't find a more suitable one.

Where do I go to find available land? I've been using http://www.windermere.com/ but it seems like using a site like that is the same as walking into a brand new car salesman's showroom.
Anyone have any recommendations on finding available land to buy?

Also, sorry if this question has been asked a thousand times. I did some searching on here and couldn't find any relevant posts. If you know of some, I wouldn't mind reading discussions already had on here.
Thank you kindly.
 
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Do you know what state you want to be in?

You can look at all sorts of websites (don't forget craigslist) but your best bet when you've decided on a state is to talk to a realtor. a good realtor will set you up with a searchable online MLS database with all available properties within the state. Their list will be more complete than any other website.
 
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Look up land auction sites. Dicide if you want to buy rent or lease. Owning land is exspensive. Deep pockets are required to own land. Check out Geoff Lawtons web site Geofflawton.com he has videos to watch for looking into getting land. Very valuable even if you do not want to maintain the land. Have a great day
 
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My wife and I just purchased land in Washington State. We have had a couple of sour dealings with realtors, so we decided to go without a buyers agent (seller's agent still involved). I would only do this if you have been through a property transaction before and know what to watch out for. These are the websites I watched. I watched them for over a year and actually flew in to view a couple properties before we found the right one. Hotpads is the one I liked the best. It's best to keep an eye on multiple sites as well as the local MLS. You don't always need to be connected to a realtor to access the MLS. It varies by area. Craigslist will also have properties that don't make it onto the MLS.
www.hotpads.com
www.trulia.com
www.zillow.com
www.landandfarm.com
www.landflip.com
www.landsofamerica.com
www.landwatch.com
 
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I agree with Emily, find a good realtor.

When I bought my house, I bought a spiral notebook and made a list of EVERYTHING I wanted. From there I decided how far I was willing to move and what areas were in my price range. After that I went looking online by myself on all the typical listing sites. That was only really valuable in figuring out how reasonable my "dream list" was.
Once I got a feel for the market I started doing drive-bys of places that seemed worthwhile. From that I learned that the pictures on the website are as good as it gets. Just like people's facebook pictures, real life is VERY different. You'll also get a good idea of the area around the houses or land your looking at. VERY IMPORTANT

Then... get a realtor to listen carefully to what you want and then go find it for you. That's what they are paid for. Don't let them tell you that you're criteria for a "good home" are not ideal or realistic.
A good realtor won't waste your time taking you to places that aren't in your "comfort zone". But if you feel like you're not getting anywhere, switch realtors.

I had crap luck with the first two realtors I had looking for me. I was in rush by the time I found the right realtor and he got the job done in three days. He respected my time and listened to what I wanted (even though he thought I was nuts).
I feel like I got what I wanted and at the price I was comfortable with. Now I'm actually looking to upgrade to a bigger piece of property and a smaller house, so maybe in the spring you'll see a post with my Semi-permie landscape for sale.
 
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Thanks for the advice everyone. I'm comfortable with buying the land outright, but I've never interacted in a land transaction before. I would love to find a community that I could spend a week with to see if it's a good fit, then buy the land and build an Earthship on it.

E Reimer, I'm actually looking for land in Western Washington or Oregon. Are there any specific concerns for Washington that I need to be aware of?
 
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Are you building, or buying a home? Washington now has a statewide building code, but certain counties don't enforce it. That would be something to consider. We wanted to be East of the mountains, so I don't know what specific counties are like over on the West side. Are you going to set up rainwater catchment? Washington eased up on rainwater catchment a while back. I'm not sure what Oregon is like for that.
http://www.ecy.wa.gov/programs/wr/hq/rwh.html
 
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Howdy Ben, I like the landwatch website. Just plug in your search criteria and go!

http://www.landwatch.com/United_States_land_for_sale
 
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I found mine on land watch.com. it listed the wrong county. I'm not sure where it pulls results from, my realtor didn't list it there. But the site does work

 
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Second landwatch, unitedcountry.com and craigslist. My wife found our property on craigslist. Let me add that a good local attorney is a plus. Go visit a few in the town(s) near the property and interview them. They know that you are a prospective future client for more than the transfer of the property. Plus, they have local knowledge from handling many, many real estate transactions. You should get a feel for who you are comfortable with and who you are not. They may know of property that isn't listed, while a real estate agent isn't going to tell you about those, for the obvious reason of no commission.
 
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