Before you become entangled finding land for your homestead, take a look at “Backwoods Home Magazine” for May/June, 2017 (Issue #165). It contains an excellent, in depth article on how to look for and find land to suit your needs.
Topics covered include…
- The run-down place
- The ready-to-use-tract
- Raw land
- Junk land
Below is an article excerpt, followed by a link where you can read the whole thing.
There’s no such thing as free land!
(But if you’re smart, you can get it cheap)
By Setanta O’Ceillaigh
I have been a homeowner since I was 18 years old and I still continually shop for land opportunities in the northeastern United States. My forester education includes land surveying, and as a Tribal Forester, I was tasked with mapping the forest cover types on the reservation. While I couldn’t go walking onto private property without permission, I could use remote tools to fill in the blanks. I use this same knowledge to assess properties that I am looking into for my own use. Some of the tools I use are available to the public but are not widely known.
I have noticed on some online forums I follow that many people are asking where to find free land. One person insisted they heard about the government giving away free tracts of farmland to any applicant and was hoping also to find some secret way to be given a piece of a state or national forest. From what I could tell, they were probably talking about the old Homestead Acts which have long been discontinued. While there is no free land, it’s very possible to find affordable land. (It should be noted that land prices vary greatly from region to region.)
Read the whole article here:
Excerpt used with permission of Backwoods Home Magazine.