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Before You Buy Your Dream Land

Make the property search a family affair! Get every members opinion before you decide to purchase land in rural areas! After all, it may be the place your kids call home in the future also.

At last, you have found a tract of land that sounds like what you have been looking for. The property description reads too good to be true. Often it is! Remember the old proverb: beauty is in the eye of the beholder. THat can be especially true with real estate. Before you visit the property owner, find out exactly where it is located. An areal photograph or even a snap shot from google earth would be very helpful. 

Through the Map Maze...

The country road map will help you find the property and guide you around the surrounding neighborhood. It's suggested to bring the areal map with you because it's like flying over it in a plane and is most valuable for evaluating the property. If you seriously looking at the land, you should not forget about this important detail because this will save many unnecessary trips. Many times you will detect factories, subdivisions etc. that you may not want to have as a neighbor.

First impression counts...

On the first visit to the property, leave your checkbook at home, but bring a notebook, pen, binoculars and camera with you. As the real estate agent or landowner shows you the property, or soon after, make a list of the things you like and don't like about it. The very best is to take pictures of things you like and dislike! It helps later when you are away from the land and trying to remember features. Observe the access to the property and find out what the access road conditions are like during heavy snow or rain. 

Ask the person showing you the property to point out potential building sites, garden plots, pasture conditions and caves including other interesting features. Ask whether there are any easements or ''rights of way'' through the property. In addition, ask what rights do not go with the property. For example, does a hunting lease on the property have to be honored after the purchase ? Although its a funny question, keep in mind to question everything! 

After visiting the actual property, ride around the property on all sides if possible to look at what negative or positive features are in the area. It doesn't hurt not only to look at property but also to listen while on the property. A couple of years ago, I was looking at some choice property on a mountain. It seemed a peaceful and serene. On my second visit to the property on a Sunday afternoon, the quietness was broken by car engines! At the bottom of the mountain was the local dirt racing track and races were held every weekends! It was as quiet as an empty church on the first visit, but much different on the second. Make sure you are getting the peace you think you are!

Get the information you need to make the right decision and you won't regret later!

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Good tips.

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