We're looking back at some of the best expert advice we've received about buying rural land in celebration of Rethink:Rural's one-year birthday.
Whether it's asking the right questions when visiting a property, financing a land loan, or ensuring a tract has adequate access, there are so many details to get right when purchasing land.
That’s why Rethink:Rural has turned to the experts to offer you the guidance you need to one day purchase land with confidence.
Other highlights from our first year:
- 10 fascinating country people we have met
- Land ownership for beginners: Our favorite advice
- The many ways country living benefits your health
- Rural vacation destinations, drives and sights to "sample" country life
If you’ve never purchased land before, you may be concerned about asking the right questions during the land-buying process. An Alabama land agent offers an overview of key questions and explains how critical it is to consider how the property fits what you intend to use it for.
First of all, how big is an acre? In this video, we showed you example of what an acre is. Then we interviewed experts about the right size property for specific purposes, including how many acres you need for:
- a mini farm
- a larger hobby farm
- a hunting tract
- a horse boarding property
- an outdoor retreat, and
- a cattle farm.
This primer will help you get a much better idea of the amount of land you need for whatever you hope to do with your property.
|Ben Godfrey uses front horses on his sustainable hobby farm. He explains how to determine how many acres you need for your farm here.|
Even more important than location, location is access. If you can’t get rights to reach the land, it doesn’t matter how otherwise ideal it is. A land agent explains different
types of access rights and discusses how to get the rights to the land you want.
Home loans and land loans are two different animals, and in this article the senior vice president of a farm credit institution explains why. He walks us through the steps to obtain a land loan and offers advice on how to set your budget and get your land loan approved.
There are so many ways to invest your money, but land ownership may be one of the least risky - and with great reward. A Georgia land agent explains how land ownership pays off, in the value of the land itself, the ways you can use the land to make money and the enjoyment you get from owning the land.
You’re coming up with your land-buying budget, but does insurance need to be a part of that plan? What kind of insurance would you need for raw acreage? A Farm Bureau insurance agent who works with rural landowners explains what insurance you may need - and what you won’t.
You don’t want to find out a property has problems after you’ve signed on the dotted line. A land agent outlines 6 ways to make sure the property you’re buying isn’t a lemon.
If you’re looking to live off the grid, this guide will get you started on finding the perfect land for a sustainable lifestyle. A land agent highlights 6 key features to look for as you begin looking for an off-the-grid property.
You’re finally ready to get out on that land and decide whether it’s the property of your dreams. So how do you prepare for your first property visit? A land agent offers five practical tips to ensure you get the most out of your property preview.
Do you have questions about buying country land? Ask us, and we'll find the expert with the answer! Email your questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.