Excellent, Kirk, thanks so much for your response!
Yeah, I realize that there are certainly trade-offs to be had. I was recently searching for property and found a real gem: 83 acres for $27,500. However, it's smack in the middle of forested area and doesn't even have a road leading to it! It'd be an experience, certainly, dealing with something like that, but I think I'd have to make sure that I'm down for that kind of commitment before I dive head-first into it.
Thanks so much for the links to the books. I'll have to check them out and do some more reading on the financials of it all. I'm thinking that $50,000 would be a good starting point to get myself set up, especially for what I want to accomplish. And yeah, visiting areas I'm interested in and talking to the locals is a very good idea.
Thanks again for your help!