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How to Build a Homestead While Serving in the Military

Veterans and current military service members can and do live rural. Here are some tips and resources for those looking to get off base and onto...

top 10 land clearing tips from the experts

Wooded lots or timberland can offer an ideal alternative to hard-to-find open land and a great return on investment. The key is knowing how to get...

Due Diligence: How to make sure your land is buildable

The post-offer due diligence period can be as crucial as the search itself. We asked two land specialists for their tips on how to ensure your...

How covenants, Conditions and Restrictions Help Protect Your Investment

If you’re buying rural land, you’ll want to become familiar with any covenants, conditions and restrictions (AKA: CCRs) that apply to your...

How to Start a Successful Airbnb in the Country, from Scratch

Have you dreamed of designing and renting out a country retreat through a popular site like Airbnb.com? One family shares how they made their...

You Buy a House, But You Earn a Homeplace

Jim Mize shares how his family rebuilt a homeplace that has been in the family since the 1800s.

7 Pros and Cons of Being Your Own General Contractor

Would you be able to serve as the general contractor for your own home? Experts explain the work involved in self-contracting.

How to Start Your Own Multi-Family Compound

Whether you’re looking to share responsibilities, launch a business, or just spend more time together, we’ll give you the tools you need before...

Using Architectural Salvage to Build Your New Home

Looking to give your new build a vintage feel? Here are a few tips on how to incorporate architectural salvage and used building materials into...

18 Steps to Build a Custom Home in Nassau County, FL

Custom home builder Steve Johnson walks us through the steps to build a house on land in Nassau County, Florida, from choosing the land to moving...