Episode-311- Things to Consider When Buying Rural Land

Well I still have country living on the brain after our recent trip to our BOL and soon to be primary residence in Arkansas.  I have also gotten a tremendous number of requests lately to evaluate property listings as potential BOLs, retreats and homesteads.  It is honestly almost impossible to really know a property from just a listing, they are simply starting points.  So I decided to do this show with some general things to consider when making such a personal decision such as purchasing land or a  home.

Tune is Today as I Discuss…

  • Remote is a relative term
  • Water, got it, don’t got it, what’s it gonna cost
  • The advantages of unimproved and unincorporated land
  • Service from a government comes at a cost, which is more valuable to you freedom or “services”
  • Who is going with you, you can’t be happy if your family is miserable
  • Gates, the simple solution to BS excuses like “I was lost, not trespassing”
  • The value of good neighbors
  • Talk to neighbors BEFORE you buy
  • Pick a community you fit into, don’t try to change one

Resources for today’s show…

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7 Responses to Episode-311- Things to Consider When Buying Rural Land

  1. Jack,
    A fortune is to be made for an individual with the computer skills to set up a website that can tell people what a community is like before buying (ie; shooting guns, race track noise ,ect)
    Defines locations better for real estate.

  2. Yeah, I moved to rural land with extended family, like I said on FaceBook tonight: “I finally found a gental approach to explaining libertarianism and anti NWO to my hippie family. Buy organic food and stop supporting the NWO! I showed them “Food Inc” tonight and tomorrow it’s Fall of the Republic, and they want to see it! Humble…:)

  3. Great show. Read my comment from a few days ago regarding newcomers moving in and trying to change things – in short, we were out shooting on a buddies place – lived there 42 YEARS and new neighbor comes over to tell us how he didn’t move out there to hear such noise – should have listened to your podcast and talked to the neighbors …

    One other suggestion for the rules to a homeowner’s covenant – what would you think about a “right of first refusal” so that if somebody decides to move the other owners get first dibbs at buying out the property?

  4. Jack:

    This is a pretty cool video from Kevin at one of the forums that you recommend. He replaces the standard batteries in solar powered lights with higher amped vatteries to increase the burn time.

    I hope it’s OK to post the URL.



  5. Sorry, I must be speaking German.

    vatteries = batteries

  6. Jack
    Great show. Any thoughts from you / forum members on propane heat. I’m currently shopping for a place in Colorado and wondering if you / forum members have any experience / words of wisdom. Propane is more expensive than natural gas, tied to oil prices, etc…, but the only thing available to homesteads not near a town. Thanks for any info.

  7. endure2survive

    @ WB: Propane has a lot of advantages, insomuch as you can usually store 4-6 months of fuel in relative safety (compared to trying to store the equivelent in kerosene, gasoline or even diesel). However, it\’s not without its risks. Buy propane detectors and place them in the house on the lowest floor. Unlike natural gas, which rises, propane is denser than air and sinks, so you may never smell a leak in the basement. Additionally, in the case of wildland fires, you have a giant torch next to your home if you don\’t shield it (they generally don\’t actually blow up, the valve blows off and you get a 50-100\’ tall super-intense torch flame that will ignite anything within 2-300\’, including your home).

    If you are using propane for just hot water, it\’s not expensive to have at all. If you heat with it, it can be spendy, but with a wood stove as your primary heat, propane makes a great back up to fend off the cold of morning when the stove has burned down to ashes.

    @ Jack and others: My only concern out of the show was the recommendation of property with one road in and one road out. From a wildfire perspective this can be a deathtrap. An individual can do everything right, removing every tree within 100\’ of the house, removing forest litter, and cutting grasses, but if there\’s a major wildfire, it may not be enough to save your home. Having one way out can be fatal if the fire starts at that end of the road and burns toward your home and the end of the road.

    Understand the effects of topography on wildfire behavior, know the prevailing winds, and make sure your neighbors are as firewise as you are or it may all be for naught.