Re-reading this thread, I realized that I hadn’t actually talked about how I found and purchased our current property. I was planning a move two-thirds of the way across the country, to an area where I knew almost nobody (my oldest daughter’s in-laws live about an hour east of us - I looked first at property near them, hoping to make it easier on daughter and her hubby to visit both of us when they come down from Ohio. Additionally, there is a member here who turned out to live practically a stone’s throw from this property, but I didn’t know that until after I’d purchased it.). With an extremely limited budget, I spent many hours poring over real estate list8ngs on-line, and visiting Google Earth. The latter was invaluable, because it let me eliminate a lot of unsuitable properties. Some were right on busy highways, which was undesirable for a number of reasons. A couple had close neighbors, including businesses, which didn’t show in the pictures in the listings. Some were in active flood zones (there are a couple of towns in Kentucky which have flooded badly in recent years - property in the flooded areas was very cheap!). The setting where you can look at the topography from the side let me eliminate some places that were at the bottom of ‘hollows,’ and would get little to no sun in the winter. I couldn’t discover every undesirable feature that way, but it did let me thin things out.
Then I made some appointments with realtors, flew out here (leaving my handicapped youngest daughter home with the fifteen-year-old granddaughter - my mother spent the nights with them, and was only a few miles and a phone call away), rented a vehicle, and started further winnowing. I almost didn’t even look at this place, because the morning I’d planned to look at it, the rental car broke down, and I had to cancel the viewing. But when several more days of looking hadn’t turned up anything I really felt good about, I contacted the realtor again and made a new appointment to see this place. Love at first sight! Oh, it isn’t perfect - the house still needs a lot of work (I’ve already had the plumbing and wiring completely re-done), anf the fencing around the property keeps the neighbor’s cows out, but won’t hold dogs or goats in. But we are well off the ‘main’ road, nearly half a mile back at the end of a dead-end spur road. It’s private, with only one neighbor house visible from our place. The house is small but plenty for my daughter and I (granddaughter went home to live with Mom shortly after we moved here). We have two barns, plenty of land for a garden, a small pond, some trees, and room to plant lots more trees. And it’s beautiful here. All for $46,000, which I was able to have completely paid off within two months after signing the papers. Perhaps more important, people here are great. I’ve since talked to several other people who had looked at the property, loved it, but for one reason or another decided not to buy it. I think it was meant for us!