Thanks for reaching out. I'll also send you a PM, but here is an update for anyone else interested.
The good news for you is that I haven't sold the property yet but am still looking to! (My life has been pretty, we'll say, interesting the last couple of years.)
The other good news is that I cleared the minor title issue by paying a bunch of money. The less-good news is that I still don't have an easement. However, the CdA Tribe now owns the farm with the access road so there may be a path forward to getting an easement (the previous owner didn't want to deal with easements because they were selling the land).
As far as steps needed to homestead, were you thinking more of what the land would need, or how to get the land?
As far as I can tell it would probably be off-grid for, well, everything. One power company gave me a quick rough guess of like $70K to bring power on (based on the distance to nearest existing power), which I imagine would be prohibitive. A couple possibilities might be: Find others nearby who could split the cost with (10 acres adjacent also sold last year, 20 others are for sale, the tribe or the logging co on the other sides seem less likely). Or maybe I contacted the wrong power company, I had meant to follow that up to find out because there are at least two in the area and I don't know for sure who has anything closer. Or of course, off-grid solar, etc. That set of plans that was recently featured on Permies for free might be interesting - Solar Station Construction Plans by Ben Peterson -- ebook.
Water - probably need to drill a well
Wastewater - the usual
Road - the existing road is pretty passable even for my old sedan, as long as the snow is gone, and as far as the road goes. Tried to go out with someone last year in a jacked-up 4WD truck and got stuck, so there's that. If you were going to homestead it would more than likely need more road sooner or later (and an easement too, of course). I'll add that I have a guy I'd trust to do the work, whose info I could pass on.
Umm, anyway, there's probably more that I'm not thinking of now, but feel free to ask.
I had it on the market through a Realtor TM for $35,000 for a while, but the hangups were too much for most people. Now that I've fixed the title I suppose it'll be more saleable and I might be asking somewhere in that same range. We can talk more by PM.
aside to thomas - haha, checking the county records online is exactly what I would probably do too!