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Re: Finding Land
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Posted by Tom A on December 26, 2003 at 03:48:58 from (184.108.40.206):
In Reply to: Finding Land posted by Joel Rand on December 25, 2003 at 19:25:03:
Once we firmly decided to "take the plunge" and buy our little farm "ASAP", it took us almost 3 years of very serious searching to find the place we now own. We looked at probably dozens if not hundreds of farms, dropped our sights a couple of times, and made many many offers before we landed our little 19 acres.
You can't find a place with just one search technique or without a lot of serious work, unless you're just really lucky. Buy newspapers from all over and watch the classifieds; buy those "Thrifty Nickle" type papers, too; talk to everyone you see and ask about places that might be available; stop in every little country store and barbershop and such places. Make friends in the area you want to live in: we actually found our place through word-of-mouth from a retired farmer who had lived in the area his whole life and knew third-hand that if we made any offer on this place it would be accepted (the asking price was almost double what we paid so we weren't going to even offer!!) I know of one or two farms around here that are not for sale, but might actually sell to the "right" young couple if they came around and asked...old timers who don't want *their* land to go to developers and would like it go to somebody who'll preserve and farm it. Until they see the right buyer, they're happy to continue to live there and hay off the farm themselves til they drop.
So don't get discouraged, you're following a road many of us have before you. If you really want a place, you'll get one with some work and patience.
Good luck, Merry Christmas.
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