This included such things as some winter, but not a lot; enough rain that I would not have to irrigate a garden all summer long; hills and trees. Also included on this list were man-made things: low-taxes, few building codes and such. The second list was things I wanted in my specific property: south-facing slope, good garden spot, trees, building materials such as rocks.
I then started looking on the net for general areas that seemed to meet the first list, and then looked for RE ads that seemed to fit the second.
Two pieces of advice:
One. Take the time to really decide what you want before you start hunting. You may have to do some preliminary searching to help you decide what you want, but if you're still not sure what you want, don't buy anything.
Two: Check out the area and the land well before you sign the papers. I've met half a dozen or so people in this area that bought over the Internet. Some had never been in the state before. None are on their land now. A couple never would have made it anywhere. One moved to a different farm in the same area. One left due to illness. All that sold lost money. All of them initially said they were happy with their purchase and that they thought they got a good deal.
Who determines property taxes, state or county?
Brenda Groth wrote:
how? well FIL owned the house and land and although it needed a lot of work in 1971 we got it for $9k on a land contract..couldn't beat that
What does FIL mean?