Just wanted to say a quick hello and introduce myself to the forum.
I am a new member - directed here on a search for homestead forums for those in BC, Canada.
I am early thirties, single male, with cool dog, somewhere on my journey to land owning and homesteading. I currently own/service a mortgage on a fancy new cookie cutter home in small town Alberta, Canada. At the end of the (last) summer I took a huge step (for me) and came clean to my family and friends that the cravings for a real life
just wouldn't go away. Luckily for me; all was met with acceptance and encouragement.
I have a bit of experience in the horticultural side of things so, hopefully I can be a useful member of the forum right away. I've got a few questions though so if you guys would be so kind to offer some experience/ opinions/ thoughts it would be appreciated.
I have two big questions so far and both somewhat different from each other. First off - my interest is to buy in the Kootenay region of British Columbia, Canada. I know I've picked a sought after area so will save you guys the tears over pricing, but isn't the name of the game for real estate 'location, location, location'?
Anyways I am currently looking at two different pieces of property and they would both hold drastically different finance options (one is in foreclosure).
For those who have been faced with the decision of spending every cent they have to own land; mortgage free OR to not blow your whole wad and be left with a small land loan. Which did you chose, why and was the decision right (for you)? I will be faced with a few more years of work, either way - so in no way do I think I can show up with no money and be ok or show up with some money to just throw at problems and think I'll be ok. Both will have their own set of circumstances and I understand that.
Secondly for others who have bought in any mountain region - what was the ratio of flat/benched land vs. sloped land (say over 20 degrees) that you were looking for, accepted or think is reasonable? Hilly land is just part and parcel with where I would like to be, I know not all will understand but some will understand the call of the mountains and get it.
Thanks very much for your time and good luck to everyone else out there!