Cheapest Land in America – 3 Cheap Retreats

Land in Alabama

Land is one of the most durable and valuable investments you can make. Countless people have seen the value of their land skyrocket while just a few years before it was worth no more than average. Thanks to changes in housing and job markets as well as environmentally-related issues, the price of land can increase rapidly. Even if it does not increase significantly in value, investment in land is a sound choice and with a little land of your own you can create a great retreat away from the world.

If you’re looking to purchase land, consider looking for the cheapest land in America. You’ll be able to get more land for your money and secure a sound investment for the future or a cheap retreat to enjoy yourself on your very own property.

Some of the cheapest land in the United States is found in the Midwest (North Dakota, Kansas) and south (Missouri, Arkansas), but can also be found in rural areas throughout the country, such as in upper New York.

The United States has always had an abundance of land suited for people because of its enormous size and its varied, but almost all inhabitable, climates. There is cheap land available in part because it is often located in rural areas, where there is less infrastructure and less demand. It is possible to find cheap land near to towns and even urban centers, however. Land prices have dropped in many areas due to the recent economic crisis and like any other commodity land is subject to various trends in price.

Listings for land in these areas can be found through internet searches on general search engines, but there are few land realty searches that are especially useful and will yield clearer results.

Here are just a few properties that can serve as examples for what types of cheap land you can find online:

Acreage in Wyoming

I found 160 Acres in Carbon County for sale. This property shows the unbelievable land deals that can be found in the United States today. A price tag of $34,400 gets you 160 acres of gorgeous undeveloped land in Wyoming. The down payment is only $1,400 for an extraordinary chance to live your dream.

Land in Alabama

I found 2.65 Acres in Birmingham, Alabama using the link above. This property is undeveloped land conveniently located near town but still with its own separate environment. Sixteen lots are contained in one parcel on this property. Wooded and containing a paved road, this is a great deal on some beautiful land in Alabama. This property shows how cheap, good land can be found even close to all the modern conveniences one could desire.

Retreats in South Dakota

Using the link above, I found 480 Acres in Hand County, South Dakota. This is is the perfect opportunity for ranchers and anyone else who needs or love wide open land. These 480 acres of beautiful South Dakota grassland also contain mature trees and is being auctioned off in August of 2014. There are many similar opportunities to place your bid on rich land all the time and the internet is a great way to keep an eye on the latest opportunities across the country.

However you choose to search for it, there is definitely an abundance of cheap land available across the United States.

3 Ways Buying Land and Farms is Different from other Real Estate

I recently bought some land that I plan to farm on, and I’ve learned a few things that I’d like to share.

Buying Rural Land

When purchasing land or a farm, there are many things that buyers should consider that may not immediately come to their minds. Buying a farm, ranch, or other tract of land is different than buying other forms of real estate, like houses and apartments. Particularly in rural areas where there is a lot of farming, ranching, or mining activity, buyers need to be aware of these issues.

Buyers who are inexperienced in these types of purchases should be especially careful. By educating yourself, you can ensure that you really get the deal you’re looking for.

Here are 3 important ways that buying land and farms differs from purchasing other real estate:

Mineral and water rights

Particularly when buying rural and undeveloped land – and especially in the western or upper Midwest regions of the United States – buyers should be sure to ask about mineral and water rights. Sometimes mineral and water agreements are entirely separate from the purchase and sale of land. A previous owner, a corporation, or a government agency may have the rights to any mineral wealth or water that is known or discovered on the property. Occasionally, there may be split agreements: a previous owner or other entity may retain, for example, 50% of the rights while you, as the new owner, gain the remaining portion. Be sure to ask before you buy!

Restrictions and Rules

Just because a piece of land is undeveloped or devoted to farming doesn’t mean that there aren’t rules. Some land may be suitable for some type of farming, ranching, or building, but restrictions may be in place that will prevent you from undertaking these activities. For example, there may be a ban on having a certain number of livestock in an area. You may learn that there are special rules about water use (see above) that prevent you from putting in an irrigation system or pond, for example. Always inquire about building and other restrictions that may be in place on the land you’re looking at.

If you’re looking to live on the land in an RV or a trailer full time, you’ll also need to check to see that the county will allow this.

Neighbors

Everyone knows that new neighbors can result in both unexpected benefits and unexpected horrors. When purchasing land or a farm, it’s especially important to not only meet your future neighbors but to inquire about how they use their land. When purchasing land in a rural area, you’ll want to know if there is a farmer next door whose activities, equipment, or chemicals may affect your land, home, or routine. Sometimes you may find that a corporation or a government body owns the land nearby, and that access is restricted or there are activities that may interfere with your own.

In other cases, the issue with a neighbor may simply be about the future of their property. You may be looking to get away from it all only to learn that your potential neighbor is in the middle of selling their farm to a developer who plans to build a subdivision. By asking neighbors and your realtor about the situation around the property you are considering, you can save yourself many headaches and regrets.

Picking Apples from my Neighbors Yard

The apples on my neighbor’s tree are starting to get quite big. Don’t worry about the holes. They’ll get picked out when we process them in a month or so!

Have you ever picked free apples from a neighbor’s yard? I just love these “trespass fruits” – but we always ask first, so we’re not really trespassing. We’re just taking advantage of the bounty all around us. It will go into applesauce, apple pie filling, dried apples and perhaps a bit of apple cider. Applesauce is super easy to make and it’s soooooo much better than storebought, dontchathink?

I found a great site that has info on apple picking – it’s one of my favorites for putting things away for the winter. The site is a bit, well, dated. But the information is really really good. I visit it often to find out how to can or dry or where to pick something.

Here is the unidentified breed of apple growing:

Apple Picking

 

We think it might be a Gravenstein or just a plain old yellow delicious. What do you think?