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Need some advice on buying land, septic, electric,

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Posted by Dorothy509 on October 22, 2003 at 22:43:29 from (

Please forgive this long thread, I have so much to say.
I've found an old homestead, it has no electric, propane, and likely, no good well. Electric will have to run approx. 100 ft or more from the raodside, no existing poles! This property has been abandoned for years! It has the potential, with tons of hard work, and monetary investment, of becoming heaven on earth. I'm almost certain the owner (who owns the whole section) would like to sell or rent. They rent the rest of the section to be farmed. I had heard a year ago that the owner(don't know if it's the same one) would like someone to move a mobile home out there to live, but if they ever moved, they would agree to leave the house there, which I can understand, considering what the owners investment would be. The owner is in his 40's,(good news) and used to have amusic store.
I'm thinking, I'd rather own it, as he could sell it out from under me, and all my hard work goes out the door! I'm thinking about my interests, AND his (it has to be worth it for him, too).
Please advise as to how you would approach this with the owner, land is approx. 4 acres, kansas land is pretty cheap.
In my county, to be able to have a house in the country, it has to be 20 acres, or surveyed & platted. Again, i'd rather own. I have income that can fund these things in time, but am a chronic do it yourselfer, and need to save money like everyone else.
What about utilities?
How can anyone make this work?????
Does anyone know of any internet sites? Forums that are alive and kicking? :)
I am having a really hard time finding info. on the net about surveys-expense, electric-ballpark cost of, septic,propane set up-cost, you name it!
My county DOES allow the owner to build their own septic, rules apply, of course.
BTW, I am a single mom with two lovely girls who will be helping me (as always), I'm used to doing many things on my own, but I'm aware that my limitations may become agonizingly clear at times throughout this adventure I'm about to embark on!
Please Help!!

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