Land For Sale In Missouri By Owner Financing

Finding land for sale in Missouri by owner financing is a very quick way to secure your dream property. If the land you have found is for sale by owner, you will be able to work directly with the seller to discuss owner finance options.

As discussed previously, owner financing has many benefits for both the buyer and the seller.

It allows you to work with the seller to obtain a successful result for both parties.

The buyer has the opportunity to take the property off the market quickly and make sure they do not miss out on the land for sale.

The owner is able to secure a down payment and sell their land gradually over time.

If you have been thinking about moving to Missouri for a while, here are a few more great reasons to check out this great state!

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What happens after an owner finance deal is reached?

You and the seller will both sign paperwork that outlines the subject property, the purchase price, the terms you have agreed, the interest rate and the monthly payment.

The completion of the owner financed deal in Missouri usually occurs in one of 3 ways:

1) The down payment is made, then the agreed monthly payments occur for the term of the owner financed loan. Once the seller has received the agreed sale price in full, the new deed will be recorded in the buyer’s name at the county

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2) The down payment is made, the buyer then secures traditional funding with a bank or lending institution. In some cases a bank will lend you the money for the land. In other cases, the bank will lend you the total funding for the home and land together. The buyer is able to complete early. The seller is paid in full by the bank/lending institution and the buyer continues their arrangement with the bank.

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3) The down payment is made, the buyer starts their monthly payments. Sometimes buyer may elect to pay the seller in full early to get the title in their name. Often this is if they wish to start the building process, or wish to live on the property.

Typically with owner financing, you will not be able to live on the land until you have paid for the property in full. If you are seeking bank financing for a home, the bank will want to see that you own the real estate that the house is built on before they will lend you the money for the house.

Makes sense!

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What can I do with a property during the owner financed term?

Firstly be sure to discuss your plans openly with the seller. The worst thing you can do is start building your dream home or your underground bunker or your fabulous ranchette only to find that it is not permitted and that you are in breach of your contract.

You may have to demolish everything and pay to have the land restored to the way it was before. Sometimes the owners will allow you to start doing basic work to the property like installing utilities or putting up fencing, or clearing the land.

Also be sure to check for any zoning restrictions with the county.

And check for any subdivision covenants if there are any.

Most sellers will allow you to get started to some extent with your project- just be sure to keep them informed and ensure you have the correct permissions. Until you have fully paid for the land, you do not have full rights to do whatever you choose.

Where can I find land for sale with owner financing?

Typically, to get a chance to obtain land with owner financing, you will need to find land for sale by owner. You can talk directly with the seller and make them an offer. Remember though, that the seller is not a bank. They will not be able to make similar terms as a bank. Do not expect your owner financed deal to be strung out over 20-30 years.

In many land sales, the owner is selling because they need the cash. Maybe they have an unexpected illness, or a family emergency or kids college fees. You may get 2-5 years, or you may be able to let them grant you a 2 year pay off term to give you time to arrange bank finance or allow you time to sell your boat, your trailer or your vacation home to raise the cash.

What type of properties can be owner financed?

Almost anything can be owner financed. Typical land for sale in Missouri that we have seen with owner financed terms include ranches, hunting properties, rural homes, tracts of undeveloped land and cabin properties.

How do I strike a good deal when owner financing land?

The best way to operate in any land deal is to think from the seller’s perspective. You know that their goal is to sell their land. You know that they would prefer to receive all the money upfront to keep things simple, clean and easy. If you, the buyer do not have all the money upfront to pay for the land for sale, the seller might be willing to delay receiving payments.

However, now they are at risk.

What happens if you stop paying?

What if you start using the land before you agreed to?

What if you start causing trouble for the seller with the county by violating zoning restrictions?

The seller is more likely to work with you and give you some flexibility in terms if they trust you. The best way to convey your trustworthiness? Talk to them. Be friendly, explain why you love the land, explain your plans and explain how quickly you will pay them back. 

If you have a good job or a successful business, let them know. 

When negotiating your position, the larger the down payment, you are able to come up with , the more likely the seller will trust you. You will have more skin in the game and it will help reduce their risk.

If you do not have a large down payment but can afford larger monthly payments, you may be able to negotiate this.

In general most sellers are willing to hear your proposal. If the seller has a proposed owner finance deal on their listing, many are still willing to engage in some willing room with you if you make a decent offer.

It is all about both getting what you want.

If you can find a way to make them feel secure, give them a non-complicated sale and ensure you are trustworthy, most sellers will be able to be flexible with you.

Should I owner finance my land purchase?

The answer is (of course!) that it depends. If you have the full cash price in cash -ready to go, you are in a strong position to negotiate a little discount off the asking price for a firm offer, quick sale, no complications.

If you do not quite have the full funds ready to go, owner financing is a smart way to make sure you can snap up your dream property when you find it and pay for it over time.

As always you must be responsible, and never commit to any purchase that you cannot afford. In most cases, if you stop paying, you will lose the land, plus all the money you have paid towards the property.

Now sellers do not wish to do this to good honest folk. No one is out to get you! As always communication is key. If, for example, you lost your job or something unexpected happens, do not bury your head in the sand! Simply let the seller know what has happened and see if they are willing to reduce the payments for a few weeks or a few months until you are back on your feet.

Be fair with the seller. If your agreement is full pay off in 2 years, you cannot expect them to hang around for 5 years until you feel like paying again. Communication is key to any transaction. 

Aim to have the seller paid in full as soon as possible.

If owner financing in Missouri appeals to you, there are certainly some deals around to be had. They do get snapped up quickly- as they are a super popular way to purchase land. Know what you are looking for in advance ad when you find it, move quickly!

Good luck and go get your land!

Will Solar Panels Truly Save Me Money?

Will solar panels truly save me money or will the initial set ups costs destroy any chance of coming out ahead?

It’s the question we ALL want to know:-

  • Yes- we all know the sun’s energy is “free”
  • Yes- we are all sick of paying $200-$500 a month in electric bills to utility companies and being at the whim of random pricing structures
  • Yes- saving money and helping the environment sounds great

But Are Solar Panels Going To Save Me Money?

Because without that- let’s just go and talk about something else!

Luckily, over the last 2 decades, solar panels have become WAY more popular as because:

  • There have been generous tax incentives to help offset the initial purchase costs. There was a 30% federal tax credit on the total cost of a system. Though, we believe this is being phased out now :(. Congress authorized the subsidies through 2019, but it declined to 26% in 2020 and 22% in 2021 and then it is scheduled to disappear.  Here is more information on renewable energy tax credits. (Obviously check for any changes at the time you read this- as things may change).
  • The tax credit could save the average homeowner $5,000 or more (depending on the size of the system), according to EnergySage, a solar marketplace with a calculator to help estimate savings.
  • Technology continues to improve and is much more efficient at converting more of the sun’s energy into useable energy. A solar panel a few years ago used to only be able to convert approximately 5% of the sun’s energy that it captured to useable energy. Now that figure is closer to 55%.
  • Solar panels themselves continue to become cheaper over time.
  • People continue to be more self-reliant and want to future proof themselves against black outs or cyber hacks on the grid network from a hostile enemy.

How To Get Started Saving Money With Solar Power

To ensure that solar panels save money, it is important to have a basic idea of how a solar system works. Review our previous article on off grid solar systems. This gives you the low down on the basic components of a solar power energy system and gives you an idea on how much power output you are likely to need.

As well as the panels themselves, you will also need an inverter (to convert the DC energy to AC energy that can be used by household appliances) and a batteries to store to excess energy that you can use at any time including when the sun does not shine for a few days.

Excess energy can also be sold back to the grid to help off set any costs.

In fact, some states, like California, now require new homes to install solar panels to create more renewable energy sources.

Will Solar Panels Save Me Money?

Many of our clients approach us to buy land because they want to live “off the grid”. There are different levels of truly “living off the grid”.

Some people still want electric utilities available (so is that really off the grid???)

They set up a hybrid system- where they are still connected to the grid, but they have solar installed and supplement their own energy with the grid energy. So they reduce their monthly electric bill but do not eliminate it.

This is a good way to “test” out your systems and get a good understanding of your usage, learn how the solar systems work and iron out all the potential “issues’ before you go completely off the grid.

However other folk like to buy land in remote areas where they are totally self-sufficient and can supply their own power, water and waste systems.

As with any new system or new skill, there is an inevitable learning curve and initial set ups costs(especially in the first year).

This way of living is becoming increasingly popular and recent events like those in 2020 have accelerated this trend of moving to more rural locations and becoming more self-reliant.

How Much Money Can I Expect To Save By Using Solar Energy?

It depends how many panels you purchase, how much sun your area gets on average each year and how much energy your household uses.

But it is not unusual to go from $300 a month electric bills down to $50 a month or even zero. So yes, solar panels save money for most people in most states.

Over the long term, this can amount to thousands of dollars saved.

From our research, the typical payback time of the standard system is usually around 7-10 years. This may amount to savings of $11K-$27K over 20 years.

If you can find a way of getting solar energy much cheaper (eg DIY solar energy) your savings will be even greater and much quicker!

Hint: keep reading….

Should Everyone Be Using Solar Energy?

We believe that everyone should certainly be investigating a back up energy system of some sort. Whether that be a generator or solar or wind energy or some other method. It is never wise to rely on just one source for something as important as your family’s energy systems.

It depends on the amount of sunshine your area gets per year whether solar energy will work for you. (Studies show that approximately 46 states have adequate sunshine to make solar energy well worth the investment!)

The fact is the USA’s current energy grid is out-dated!

It is way past its “use by” date.

It desperately needs billions of dollars in overhaul and upgrades in next few years.

And you guessed it…. There is no plan in place to fix it!

Imagine if you had no power for 3 weeks due to a hurricane or tornado?

Most people could not last 1 hour without internet!

But what if there was also no lighting, no heating, no TV, no oven and no hot water?

Life would be very miserable, very quickly!

What if all the goods in your refrigerator and freezer go bad?

What if then your pipes freeze and burst as well?

What about cyber attacks on the nation’s grid from a hostile foreign power? 

Or it may be a innocent worker who accidentally cuts a cable while doing maintenance….

Don’t wait until a crisis occurs before you start to prepare….

We do not wish to be alarmist at all- but everybody knows that at some point, things can and do go wrong from time to time.

Is There A More Affordable Solution To Solar Power?

The average cost of a solar power system for an average house runs at $21,450-$25,000.

That is quite an upfront investment!

Most estimates say that you will get your money back through savings in 7-10 years. If this sounds like the solution for you, get several quotes for companies near you.

Or we have also come across a DIY home energy system that may just revolutionize the solar industry.

It allows you to create your own off grid system at home and cheaply!

This method completely eliminates the need to buy overpriced (retail) solar panels and hire expensive installation companies.

(Yes this is an affiliate link which means if you do purchase anything through it, we may generate a small fee which helps the running of the website at no extra cost to you. But either way, we just knew this was too valuable to keep to ourselves!)

Solar panels save me money

Solar power used to be expensive and involve a lot of labor and be hugely technical- but not any more!

Learning how to generate solar power at home will save you money and lots of it. You do not have to be a electrician, no maintenance is required and it is incredibly easy to set up.

Over 42,000 people have used this system and most have seen their electric bill drop over 75%.

Does the wind blow where you live?

Wind is also a valuable form of energy. This DIY Home Energy system will also show you how to build a wind turbine.

What Is The Best Way Forward To Save Money On Solar Power?

It really depends on your purpose and your goals.

If you live in or near a city and want to remain connected to the grid and merely supplement your energy needs with your solar power, you should just get the professionals in and have it installed by licensed professionals.

This way you will also have the ability to sell excess energy back to the grid. Without this, it is unlikely you will be allowed to connect to the grid.

If you do buy a very rural property, you will not be connecting to the grid anyway (which is the whole point for many of our customers!). You will need alternate energy solutions.

It is worth checking out these videos on DIY solar power solutions and seeing if you can slash thousands of dollars off. These are several options available these days and they are getting better all the time.

But we love this one as it takes you through step by step through the process in video format which is easy to follow and easy to implement.

As with any investment, the return you get depends in large part on how much your purchase price is.

Whether the cost of your solar system is $5,000 or $25,000 will massively influence your return rate and payback time! 

If you are new to solar energy, we always recommend starting slow and inexpensively. For instance, you could start with a very small solar panel and power up your camping night light.

There is also a lot to learn about your own energy usage, where you can make improvements and how the solar systems work.

If you do go “off the grid” and plan to live in a rural location, it is very important when you are “self-sufficient” that you do have a good understanding of how every system in your home works and how to fix it if something goes wrong- whether it’s the solar system, the water well, the septic system or the chicken coop.

Some people watch this DIY home energy system and gain a really good overview of how the whole thing works. They may then choose to get a professional in for peace of mind.

Other people love everything DIY, they are confident enough and skilled enough to run with it and kit out their whole home energy needs with no problem, saving thousands of dollars in the process.

Its up to you.

But always make sure YOU have a good grasp of every system in your house as sometimes in rural locations, you may be on your own for several days if something goes wrong before someone is able to come to you!

Good luck and enjoy massively reduced electric bills!

When you follow these DIY home energy system videos, let us know how it goes!

Do I Really Need To Get A Land Survey? What, When, Why And How Much?

Is a land survey essential to get when buying a parcel of land? Or is it an unnecessary cost?

The answer will be different depending on what you choose to do with your land, the size of the parcel and where it is.

So when should you get a land survey, how much does a land survey cost and what is the purpose?

What Is A Land Survey?

A land survey is a graphical depiction of a property, much like a map. It defines the legal boundaries and other features of the property.

Land surveys are not compulsory when you purchase land-unless you are seeking financing and then the lender will probably insist on a survey- which you will pay for.

What Is The Land Surveying Process?

Professional surveyors will use a variety of instruments and equipment to perform exact measurements and draw out the boundaries of your land.

They may use tools like GPS or an altimeter (which measures elevation) or a theodolite (which is used to triangulate the position of objects).

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They will also use information within the property deed which may refer to certain landmarks and descriptions of the land. Your surveyor will understand compass bearings, waypoints and navigation to mark out the boundaries using metal posts (sometimes called “stakes”).

It is unlawful to remove, replace or move any survey monument (unless you are the licensed professional and have a valid reason).

Each state has its own minimum standard for monumentation that a surveyor is required to follow. The surveyor may set rebar with a plastic cap identifying it into the ground. Or if property corners are on concrete, magnetic nails or marks might be chipped into the pavement.

When Should I Get A Land Survey?

Many times, rural land owners do not need a survey. The county GIS map and /or the legal description and parcel outline will suffice.

Sometimes it will be obvious where your property boundaries begin and end.

In other cases, it may be impossible to know the exact boundary but it is does not matter too much as there is no one for miles around and no one is using the property boundary at all. 

For example if you have bought 40 acre parcel in the middle of nowhere that you use twice a year to go camping with your kids in the summer, there is no need at all to fork out for the cost of a land survey.

Tools and technology have improved so much that it is possible to buy your own handheld GPS tool and enter the GPS coordinates from the county data.

Check out how to use GPS to find your property here. You can “walk” your own property and get a very good idea where your property boundary is.

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Many of our customers are hunters and have their own hunting apps which shows them boundary lines. Though please note that none of these methods are exact. They are only approximations. If an approximation is good enough for your purposes (and it is for many rural land owners) then you won’t require a survey.

However if you do decide to put up a building or fence that is near a boundary, a survey is a good idea to ensure there are no problems later on if you accidently build on someone else’s land.

If you believe someone has built on your property without your permission, a professional survey is the only legally binding way to decide the outcome in a property dispute.

Are There Different Types Of Land Surveys?

Yes -it depends on your reasons for getting a land survey.

1.         ALTA survey (American Land Title Association) is what a title company requires before issuing title insurance. This is also called a mortgage survey and is required by most financial institutions before lending on the property.

This is the most common form of survey and involves a simple evaluation of the boundaries and identifies any easements or fences.

2.         A boundary survey or location survey will determine the exact location of the boundary or may locate easements. It will also confirm the exact size of the property.

A boundary survey will ensure your structure will not encroach on your neighbors land and will identify if your neighbour is encroaching on your land.

Sometimes if you are looking to have a parcel of land re-zoned, you will need to provide a location survey.

A lot of land in rural locations has never been surveyed. Even the assessor may not know exactly how big the parcel is.

Sometimes the legal description will actually say “10acres, more or less”. This is nothing to worry about and for most people makes no difference at all if their land is 9.9acres or 10.1acres, especially if you are not putting up structures.

If, and when you decide to build, you may decide to invest in a survey at that time.  However if you are certain that your building is nowhere near the boundary, you may decide that a survey is not warranted.

3.           If you are looking to buy a large parcel then subdivide the land,  you will require a subdivision survey to create new plats to be filed in the recorder’s office.

4.          If you are applying for a building permit, you may need a site-plan survey to outline the proposed building showing where it is in relation to the boundary survey.

5.          A construction survey involves the surveyor staking out the location of planned structures so the builders know exactly where to build.

6.          A topographical survey identifies the natural and man made features on the property. These may include ponds, lake, buildings, trees, hills, fences and utilities. This type of survey is often used by architects and engineers for planning site improvements.

For most of us, buying rural land to build an off-grid cabin or for recreational use or homesteading on large acreage probably won’t require a land survey.

How Much Does A Land Survey Cost?

The real answer is “it depends.

Typically most standard land surveys for standard houses in standard subdivisions may cost between $500-$1000.

This is because they are usually small plots without much variation in terrain.

Most land surveys are quoted on a project by project basis as rural land parcels vary so much in terrain, acreage and topography.

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You can imagine that it is a completely different prospect to survey a standard residential 0.25acre plot in a easy subdivision compared to a hilly 40 acre parcel way out of town with 3 lakes on it and dense woodland.

Typical survey fees range from $150-$220 per hour.

It may take most surveyors 2-4 hours to survey a small 0.25acre lot.

It may take 6-8 hours to survey a 3ac lot.

We recently had a survey performed for a 10ac parcel we had and it took 2 days to survey the property and 2 weeks to get the report back.

Do the math for a property of 160acres in size….. It adds up very quickly!

A land survey easily costs several thousand dollars for larger properties like these. If you are looking for a land surveyor, you could try here.

Who Should Pay For A Land Survey?

As with anything related to property, this is always up for negotiation.

Typically the buyer will pay for a land survey as it is in their interest to fully understand what they are buying and to identify any potential conflicts, hazards or disputes prior to parting with their cash.

The buyer will need to assess the potential “risk” of not getting a survey versus the cost of getting a land survey. Depending on the size of the land, the purpose you wish to use the land for, your risk tolerance, the presence or lack of neighbors and whether you are seeking external finance or paying cash.

It is the buyer who will benefit from the results of the land survey. The buyer could request the seller share some of the costs of the survey. This request may or may not be granted. It depends on the situation.

So Do I Really Need A Land Survey?

If you are buying a parcel of land out in the middle of nowhere with no boundary disputes, without a bunch of houses or fences around, it is probably not worth having a property survey. You can get the GPS coordinates from the county GIS or ask the seller if they have this information and a parcel outline.

From this information you can easily work out your own property boundaries to the extent that you need it.

If you are buying a small parcel of land in California, New York or Chicago and are planning to build a multi million dollar property on it, you will absolutely need a land survey to ensure the property boundaries are crystal clear as you will be looking to maximise every square inch.

You will need to be absolutely certain that you are not encroaching on your neighbor’s land.

For most of our customers buying land in rural areas, it is not worth having a land survey as there is no dispute, no fencing and no encroaching on any boundaries. Many of these properties have no structures on them.

As ever though, it is up to you and your risk tolerance. If you are buying 40 acres and you are looking to build a house and place it in the middle of the land, there is no danger that you will be encroaching on the boundary, a land survey will provide you very little value.

If you are buying 10 acres and need to fence in your property boundary to protect livestock, it may be a good idea to have a land survey to ensure you know where the exact boundary is.

Let us know if you have gained value from a land survey?

Tiny House Living-The Good, Bad And The Ugly

Tiny house living can be super rewarding and liberating but, like anything, it involves a lot of planning and forethought before jumping in with both feet.

Maybe you, like us have been binge watching Tiny House Nation and are buzzing with great ideas and dreams of ditching city living and all that clutter for an idyllic life on your own land and embracing affordable tiny house living.

These are a few important factors to consider before putting your home on the market, buying vacant landand beginning to build your tiny house living future.

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Tiny House Building: DIY Or Hire A Builder?

The usual rules apply when deciding whether to buy or build a tiny house as they do to a standard house. If you choose to build your own tiny house, you can often make considerable savings. But it is best to actually have design skills and building skills if you choose to go this route.

If you have no building skills or experience, it is not a good idea to make your first project your own home.

There are plenty of places you can buy tiny houses that are stylish and modern with everything done for you.

Yes, you can even buy a pre- made cabin kit on Amazon.

All you DIYer’s and HGTV’s aficionados can take this kit and build the perfect tiny house and make it uniquely yours. You could also draft the blue prints yourself and make your tiny house out of recycled materials.

However if you don’t know anything about building a home, please just hire the professionals and get it done properly. You will save a lot of money and headaches in the log run.

Check out this fabulous video of a couple of who did build their own unique tiny home. Note the guy was a bathroom/kitchen installer and already had many skills.

This enabled him to build a home to their own spec- and get a much bigger, modern tiny home and one that they could stand up in on the top floor.

How Much Will You Need To Spend On Tiny House Living?

There are two main things to consider here- the cost of the actual tiny home itself plus the ongoing costs of living.

A tiny house should cost less to build and require less cash and work to maintain. But be careful and do your homework as a tiny house does not always equal tiny bills!

It depends what you need, the size you choose and how luxurious you decide to make it.

A luxury tiny house with all the bells and whistles could cost you up to $150,000.

If you are handy and you plan to build the tiny house on your own, possibly using recycled materials, it should cost a lot less. If you have building experience, you can get the costs way down to below $20K.

The average self built tiny house tends to cost between $35,000 to $45,000.

In this article we break down the typical tiny home costs you may not have thought of that you need to factor into when building your tiny home. 

A tiny house built by a licensed builder could run you anywhere from $50,000 to $80,000. The bottom line is this, the smaller your square footage the more likely your tiny house will be affordable.

Where Can You Place Your Tiny House?

Where are you going to put your tiny house? A tiny house isn’t typically designed to be moved frequently like an RV.

Sure, a tiny house is mobile and generally on a trailer on wheels, but the goal for many people is to put your tiny house on a parcel of land that you own and live a minimalist lifestyle. The amount of land you need for a tiny house varies on personal preference and what the zoning calls for.

While there will not be much room inside for a big party, many “tiny homers” do create a nice big deck with a good size outside area where you can entertain guests. This is also a great strategy to make tiny home living easier for day to day living as well by feeling like you have more space.tiny house living

Prior to beginning the build, check with your local municipalities about any zoning laws to follow and building permits needed to start construction. Rural areas are the most popular for tiny houses, because of privacy and more affordable land.

Some counties do NOT allow tiny house living. If you are buying land specifically for tiny home living, be sure you have express permission from your planning and zoning department before you start your project.

These are the top states that are tiny house friendly:

  • Arizona
  • Missouri
  • Oregon
  • California
  • Colorado
  • Florida
  • North Carolina

Also remember that the zoning rules can change at any time, so please do your own research. Also note that different counties in each state can have very different rules.

Many counties class a tiny home as an RV and will not permit you to live in your tiny home as a permanent dwelling.

American Tiny House association also has some useful resources.

Am I Required To Pay Property Taxes When I Am Tiny House Living?

Yes, if you own your land, you will pay property tax on it.

If you create a permanent dwelling, even if the tiny home is on wheels, you will pay property tax on it.

You will typically pay extra tax per square footage of the property. Living in a tiny home with average square footage 100ft-400ft, you will pay a lot less property tax than the standard 2000 sq ft home.

Property taxes will be one of your ongoing costs along with energy costs, and maintenance.

Tiny House Living Off The Grid

You can choose to live in your tiny house either on or off the grid. Some people love total isolation with peace and quiet. The whole point of tiny house living is to require less possessions, use less resources, get off the grid and minimize environmental impact.

If you choose a rural location, the land will be more affordable, you may have enough space to grow your own food in the garden, have a few animals and supply your own energy and water through rain water harvesting, solar panels or a well.

Modern homesteading is a common minimalist strategy for tiny house owners. Many grow their own produce, chop wood for their heating source, collect rain water and raise livestock. Also, many tiny house owners use their own solar power for their energy needs and some even make more money by selling any surplus back to the grid.

For more information on how you can make your own solar panels DIY style and save thousands on traditional solar companies check out this.

Tiny House Living And The Purge

If you make the big decision to move from your big home with all its “stuff” and move to a tiny home, you will have to declutter –on a massive scale. The minimalist lifestyle often looks attractive but can you actually say goodbye to all those possessions you have kept around you for years “just in case”? 

If you can, you will often feel extremely liberated and find you can think more clearly with less clutter, less clothes, less knick-knacks, less expensive bills, and only keeping those items around you that you actually use and need.

Tiny house living and minimalism means that you enjoy living with less, you enjoy less financial burdens and you value experiences over possessions. 

Minimalist’s create room for what’s important in their life and as a result, have more freedom, can focus on health, hobbies and happiness. If you are patient and weather the storms that can come with any big lifestyle changes you will live a simpler, happier and more peaceful life.

Entertaining When Tiny House Living

 

Some people worry about social isolation. But depending how remote you decide to be, there can still be plenty of scope for parties and entertaining friends and family.

Other people who choose tiny home living prefer to live in closer proximity to services and community. There are several tiny house communities around.

Here are two examples of many tiny house communities around the country:

Lux Tiny in Lakeside, Arizona

Community First in Austin, Texas

Is Tiny House Living For You?

Living a minimalist lifestyle in a tiny house is hard work and is not for the faint of heart. Living without as many possessions, working to cultivate your land for food and shelter and not seeing friends as often are some prices you pay living the tiny house, minimalist lifestyle.

For many, this way of life is a reward not a punishment. Eliminating possessions and negative influences, like the media and politics can actually keep us healthier and living a more satisfied life.

There are a lot of considerations and pros and cons to weigh up but this is a trend that is here to stay. More and more people will move to tiny house living over the next few years for many reasons. Technology is also allowing more people to work from anywhere which further allows people to move out of big expensive cities and into smaller communities and be closer to nature.

If you are looking for land for your new tiny home, be sure to check out what land for sale we have available at the time. Remember to give planning and zoning a call to confirm the land can be used for the purpose you need.

Any questions, always feel free to get in touch with us and we will help you as best we can. There are no silly questions 🙂

17 Best Ways To Make Money From Raw Land

How to make money from raw land is one of the topics that occupy the minds of every land owner, whether they have inherited land or whether they considering raw land as an investment and comparing it to the stock market.

It is true that most people will tell you right away that you are “foolish” if you are looking at raw land as an investment.

It is also true that the same people who say this the loudest are very often the ones who know nothing at all about raw land! (If you ask where they got their information, it will turn out to be from a random tweet or a headline they read once rather than a 20 year career in the industry!)

It is wise to speak to many people about the topic and consider all sides of every argument, but be very careful that you do not get dissuaded from a great idea to secure your family’s future wealth by people who have no idea what they are talking about.

(Annoyingly these are often the people who drone on with the loudest voices!)

Anyway, I am not here to persuade you to do anything at all.

Quite frankly, the less people invest in raw land, the better it is for all land investors as there will be way less competition.

However as you are a loyal a reader of our blog, I am happy to share some ideas with you.

Caveat- I am not suggesting that you rush out and do any of these, they are just ideas to get you thinking creatively about what is possible.

What will work for you will depend on the size of land you have, the terrain, which part of the country you are in, the population density around you and your own expertise, interests and skills.

Simply, I wish to help you get your creative juices flowing and perhaps provide a little inspiration.

The greatest wealth is often found in the simplest things. Very often the best opportunities are those that are lying right in front of you the whole time.

Here I will give you the 17 best ways to make money from raw land.

It should keep you going with solid income streams for decades to come!

Whatever you decide, start slowly, do your research and then take action. As always, before doing anything, check with planning and zoning in your county what is permitted on the land in question.

Make sure you understand the setbacks required, cost of utilities and any other restrictions on land use before starting on any project. Ok, here we go….

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#1 Make Money From Raw Land By Creating A Rural AirBnB

People are desperate to get out of the city right now. In addition, there is a huge movement for minimalism, simplicity and getting back to nature.

If you own some raw land that is attractive, with lovely views, perhaps in the woods, by a river, near mountains or local fishing/hunting spots, you could have a goldmine on your hands.

And it does not have to be fancy or luxurious either.

Just good quality, clean and functional. Many people love a rustic cabin. Many people want an affordable weekend away in nature that won’t break the bank.

You could make it a cabin, a yurt, a treehouse or even a glamping experience depending on your acreage and personal interests.

AirBnB is often seasonal, so it is likely you would not have guests all the time, but it could be an easy profitable side hustle.

#2 Make Money From Raw Land By Creating Plots For A Local Community Garden

Many people do not have enough land for themselves but would love to share a garden where they can grow their own produce for their family.

You could create a community garden and rent out plots to others.

Once people start these type of projects, they become super popular. Very few people leave and a waiting list builds up very quickly.

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People love the community aspect of it and love teaching and learning from each other.

It is also a wonderful place for kids to be to learn about the natural environment and learn wonderful skills for life like patience, nurturing living things and understanding where food comes from.

#3 Make Money From Raw Land By Creating a Hobby Farm

One variation from this is to grow a lot of produce, enough for your own family plus a surplus. The surplus you can then sell back to the community at farmers markets.

Or if you produce high quality goods consistently enough, you might be able to get some local restaurants or cafes as regular customers.

Do not limit yourself to produce that is grown in the ground. What about branching out into orchards? Think about lemon trees, apple trees, pears, nuts, oranges etc This list is endless!

By the way, you do not have to even be the farmer if you do not have a green thumb.

You could just lease the land to the farmer who is responsible for the growing, harvesting and all the hard work.

It depends where your interests and skills lie.

#4 Raise Livestock To Make Money From Raw Land

All sorts of animals can provide you a good income. Perhaps you can raise cattle, sheep, goats, chickens, horses, ostriches or pigs.

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 Maybe you sell them for meat. Maybe you sell their produce- wool, eggs or milk.

Do not forget about the smaller animals too- beehives are very popular now. There is a risk of bees becoming extinct. More beekeepers are urgently needed. You can learn more about beginners beekeeping here.

Honey and honeycomb can be sold for food that we all know and love. But it can also be used for medicinal proposes. Bees are also beloved by gardeners everywhere as they help pollinate the flowers.

Or have you considered worm farms as a way to make money from raw land?

Some people have a great business creating compost for farmers with worm farms improving the quality of the soil. Gardeners always need them for fertilizer.

Plus fishermen always need an every ready supply of worms and other bugs for bait. You could have a nice little side income going with free ads on craigslist and very little work.

If you are fencing your property to protect ad contai livestock, always consider whether you need to get a land survey to ensure your fencing is not goign over onto your neighbors property.

#5 Turn Your Raw Land Into A Nature Reserve

Some people buy raw land to conserve the environment. This allows native animals to return to their natural habitats without encroachment from constant building, pollution, noise and humans.

It is amazing to witness the return of foxes, deer, bear, wolves and other animals and see them start thriving again. Smaller animals like bees, birds, fish and insects are also under threat in many places.

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People who undertake these type of conservation projects usually buy hundreds of thousands of acres.

But ordinary people do this on a smaller scale as well. If they notice the vacant land next to them or across the road from them is for sale, they may buy it up right away.

Either, they may wish to preserve the land in its natural state.

Or buying the land will preserve their views and ensure that adjacent neighbors will not ever build next to them.

Or the extra acreage will massively boost their own existing home and land value immediately without having to make any improvements at all to the raw land.

It is a smart move.

Land tends to appreciate in value over time anyway, without doing anything. So it is a pleasant way to enjoy watching the sunrise and sunset over your ever more valuable asset.

#6 Make Your Land A Sports Persons Paradise To Generate Income

If you’ve got a nice size acreage, you can make money from your raw land in many ways.

Depending on the natural terrain, you could:

Turn it into a dirt bike track

Turn it into a paintball venue

Make it a mountain biking mecca

Put skateboard half pipes on it

Create a zipline course

Hire it out to local municipalities for firework nights, county fairs, bonfire nights, concerts and festivals, corporate team building events.

Hire it out to camping organisations, to boy scouts/girl guides groups, to orienteering groups, survivalist/prepper courses

Sell hunting leases on it

Create an outdoor shooting range. Your land needs to be a certain terrain but if you’ve got some up/down this could be a perfect venue and so much better than the indoor ranges.

Create an archery center

If you have a pond/creek/river, you could hire it out to local fishing groups

#7 Make Money From Your Vacant Land As A Land Photogenic Venue

Wedding venues are the obvious first choice which is always possible if you have a lovely garden.

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But you could also make money from raw land from film crews hiring your land for their next film.

I did have a client who was able to lease their land to Hollywood studio for 3 months to film their next movie…

His land was not even particularly photogenic. It was barren and desolate but perfect for a wild west film.

So you never know!

#8 Make Money From Your Land As A Parking Venue

This one is very location dependant.

If you are on the outskirts of a city or a venue like a concert hall or sports arena, this would be a goldmine. Simply allow people to park for the day/night and charge them for it.

A lot of millionaires have been created this way!

#9 Make Money From Your Land As Horse Stables

People who love horses, typically have a lot of money. Surprisingly not everyone has enough land themselves to keep their horses and require stables.

This one would require some investment up front and a bit of know-how but the going rate for horse stables is $300-$3000/month depending on location and the extra services you could provide to the horses and their owners.

#10 Lease Your Raw Land To Outdoor Advertisers

This is very easy money. You need land where there is a lot of pass by traffic. Typically you may not live on the land, but it might be near a major highway or State Rd.

A billboard company would lease the land from you. They do all the work of installation and maintenance.

You do nothing but collect the checks!

If you have land somewhere local with a fence, sometimes you could get local business to pay you to put up a banner on your fence.

#11 Lease Your Land To Utility Companies

Energy companies are always looking for more land to lease to set up more wind turbines and more solar energy panels.

Again, you do nothing. They do all the work and typically sign long leases like 20-50 years.

Very easy.

With the demanding push for renewable energy, this trend is tipped to continue strong growth in the coming years.

I have been approached myself with land I own to lease it to a solar energy company. It did not work out at the time, but I know several people for whom it did.

Or if you have a large acreage you can set up your own solar panels, use what you need for your own house, then sell the surplus energy back to the grid.

I also had a client who leased their land to a cell phone company for a cell tower. They collect circa $20K per year for “rent” for doing nothing with no maintenance costs.

#12 Storage is a Lucrative Business

There are so many opportunities once you start thinking of storage.

Firstly self-storage. A lot of people are familiar with this attractive business model.

Obviously to start from scratch there would be a lot of expense to set up the warehouses, security and staffing but as a long term business in the right location, once you get it set up, it is very hands off. (The land must be zoned commercial).

But there are so many other storage needs you could consider as well.

People always need somewhere to store their RVs, trailers, ATVs, dirt bikes, and boats. If you have land sitting there doing nothing, this may be a possibility for you.

#13 Make Money From Your Land By Harvesting Timber

Timber harvesting is a full time career for many people.

Check this USDA link to see how much money you could make from the existing resources on your land. 

You would need to bring the experts in on this one. People like a forestry consultant, sawmill, logging company and wood broker. Wood is always need for all sorts of uses like construction, furniture, paper, fuel and musical instruments.

Timber value per acre may be worth between $500-$5,000 per acre. You would need to pay for timber management to ensure the trees and harvested sustainably and that the whole forest continues to thrive long term.

#14 Make Money From Your Land By Offering Education Classes

What do you know about? Are you an expert in a particular topic?

If you have a few animals- you could offer local schools lessons on  how to raise animals. Offer the children a chance to pet the animals, collect the eggs or ride a pony.

What about teaching a survival course?

Or gardening for newbies?

Or canning and preserving food techniques to aspiring homesteaders?

Or how to live off the grid?

Or how to make honey?

#15 Natural Pet Sitting Service

People love their animals and hate leaving them in kennels while they are away.

What if you offered a lovely safe place their animals could roam around outside safely. And be fed and loved by a fellow animal lover.

#16 Hemp Farming To Make Money From Land

Hemp farming is huge already.  In some states there has been an explosion of people buying up land to grow hemp. Hemp can be used for hemp fibres or for CBD oil.

CBD oil is the more lucrative. It is possible to generate $2,500-$75,000 in revenue for just 1 acre of hemp grown for CBD oil. Of course, like any farming it is not easy but you can start small and learn. Or lease your land to experts who will do the farming and processing.

If it eventually becomes legalized across USA, this market will explode.

#17 Tiny Home On Your Land

Tiny homes are so popular these days with the minimalist movement, with the environment movement, with the “don’t waste money on a huge house” movement.

They are typically 70 sq ft to a few hundred sq feet where as standard homes are typically 700 sq feet and up.

Tiny homes are often built on a trailer with wheels rather than a permanent foundation.

Maybe you are looking to build your own tiny home or modular home on the land to scale down excessive housing and energy costs.

Tiny homes are popular with young first time buyers for the affordability aspect.

If you do not yet have your first home, you could start with a tiny home and immediately stop paying rent.

If you already have your own home, you could generate an income by buying land, setting up a tiny home ready to go and selling it together with the land to an investor or first home buyer.

Then rinse and repeat.

They are many tiny home building specialists on the market now who can design and build the whole thing to your specs.

If you fancy building your own tiny home, here is some information that might help. There is a lot to know of course, so only attempt this is you already have building skills. But this DIY information will be invaluable anyway even if you have someone else build it as you will be aware of the pitfalls, the risks and important questions you need to ask in advance.

If you enjoy this process and make it work financially, you could continue to buy more land, set up the tiny home for other people, install utilities and a nice driveway, put it on the market and do this several times a year.

You could set yourself up for life.

It has huge profit margin potential when done right.

Tiny houses or cabins are also placed on people’s land as an extra “mother-in-law” flat or guest house.

If you need an income you can create a well appointed tiny home or cabin and give your guests an amazing experience.

Obviously as always, you need to check the zoning very carefully and work with the county planning department to ensure it is done properly. Once you know how it works and have a proven profitable model, simply rinse and repeat.

Make Money From Raw Land

There are the 17 best ways to make money from raw land. There are many others as well that we just could not cover like digging up minerals on your land and land banking, subdividing and re-zoning.

But these all require a lot of extra expertise and capital upfront.

Whichever direction you decide to go in, we hope you can see there are a ton of ways to either enjoy the land this country provides or to generate immense value from using it together with your existing skills and interests and providing a sustained benefit either for yourself or the environment or the community at large.

Check here for available land for sale. Sometimes we have a rush and sell out quickly. We are always trying to  replenish!

If you are looking for something in particular, you can email us and let us know.

We cannot guarantee to source everything, but do get in touch so we know what you are looking for.

As always, not everything we discussed will be allowable on your particular parcel of land. You will need to contact your county and see what is permitted within the zoning restrictions on your land.

If you have not yet purchased land, make sure to check this in advance as sometimes land can be re-zoned, there is no guarantee. It is much easier to simply find land that allows what you intend to use it for than to tie up capital and waste 3-4 years buried in paperwork.

These are some of our favorite ways to make money from raw land. Let us know if you have embarked on some of these or if you have found any others.

Cheap Vacant Land For Sale- Is It Still Possible?

Cheap vacant land for sale still does exist!

But it does not mean that it is always staring you in the face. You are unlikely to walk down main street, look in a shop window and see a beautiful picture of the perfect parcel of land and have it be at a discount price just waiting for you!

A little knowledge and a little research might be required to get off the beaten track and find your way to cheap vacant land for sale on which to build your glorious future.

For those who prefer not to spend every evening and every weekend researching what is available, there are plenty of services and companies who can offer you plenty of land for sale at standard prices.

Think of land like any commodity, whether it is a stock tip, sports cards on ebay, antique cars or real estate of any kind, if you know your area, if you know what you are looking for and have dialled in your criteria, and if you know the common pitfalls to avoid, then you have a much better chance of success.

If you have not read our previous thoughts on cheap land for sale, catch up here first.

Where Do I Find Cheap Vacant Land for Sale?

Very often, you will not find the cheapest land on main street shopfront windows or glossy magazines. You might find cheaper vacant land for sale direct on land investor websites like ours.

You might find some interesting possibilities on Craigslist by looking at land FSBO. Read more about land for sale by owner here.

Also you can go “old school” and actually talk to real people. If you find an area you like, try to speak to the neighbors, see if they are aware of anyone looking to sell land in the area. Talk to the local tractor supply people, or the septic installers, or the seed suppliers or the cafe owners. Many of these local people are a wealth of information and might be a gold mine of information for you.

Always Check Usability When Assessing Cheap Land For Sale

Always check with the county planning and zoning department how you can use the land and make sure the purpose you have in mind is permitted by the county.

Many people approach us to buy land and simply assume that if they “own” the land they can do as they please. Many are quite shocked and even a little angry when they find out the county actually has the final say in what they can and cant do on their property.

Not surprisingly, one of the most common requests we do get is for cheap vacant land for sale is for “unrestricted” land or “no zoning” land.

Factors To Beware Of When Buying Cheap Vacant Land

The first question to ask any seller when assessing cheap vacant land for sale is -why is it so cheap?

It does not always need to raise suspicions but it is still a fair question as you do not want to be stuck with a useless piece of land that you can’t use and you can’t sell.

In some cases, a person inherited the land, but they have never been there, they do not want it and they are happy to get rid of it.

In other cases, someone might just need some cash now to pay a bill or for an emergency.  Its the same reason why people might sell any asset cheaper than full market value whether its stocks, boats, bitcoin, houses, stamp collection or land.

If you are there at the right time, you might be able to help them out and convert their asset to cash, as well as picking up a nice property at a little discount! Win-win!

If you have not yet read our guide on the 3 essential questions to ask BEFORE buying land, download it here. 

You need to make sure there is no debt on the property, that the person selling the land has the legal right to sell it and be able to confirm all the particulars of the land.  

As an example, suppose you find 40 acres that looks exactly like the perfect property for you. You deal with Mr X, you agree a great price, you can’t believe your luck! You part with some cash…

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You later find out that he does not own the property outright and has 3 siblings who also own the property. If the other 3 legal owners of the property did NOT sign or agree to sell, that means that YOU now do not own the property.

If you close through a title company, they will find this out for you before you close on the deal and part with cash.

If you buy direct from Vacant Land Usa, you can rest assured that we own every parcel outright, free and clear, that we sell, plus we have had title searches done before we buy our properties to make sure they are no nasty surprises for us or for our customers.

However when you are looking at cheap land for sale, you might not want the expense of the title company. In some cases this will double the cost of the land immediately and the land will no longer be “cheap”. Many people who buy land valued at $1000-$20,000 do not hire a title company for this reason. But it is personal preference and depends on your risk profile. If you are buying land >$50,000, it is always a good idea to take it through a title company.

For many people, a simple call to the county will assure the buyer that the seller does own the property outright and most buyers are willing to leave it at that.

You can also call the tax collector for the county and ensure the taxes are fully paid up. And check if there are any known liens on the property.

Can I Make Money From Buying Cheap Land?

Absolutely. If you have the skills and have identified an area that you like that is popular with buyers, one clever way to make some decent cash flow is to find cheap land for sale.

Buy it, develop it and sell it for a profit to someone who does not have the skills or does not have the time to do the improvements.

People are prepared to pay a lot more for a property with most of the work already done.

If you have a few skills, it is very often not difficult to improve a property and make it more valuable to someone else.

Everybody is familiar with the well known renovation “career” in the housing market. Look for run down properties, buy them cheap, then clean, improve them, renovate them and put them back on the market to a grateful family to move in and not have to do the work themselves.

How Can You Apply This To Cheap Vacant Land?

Some vacant land parcels you find at a discount may be run down. Ie as no one is living on it or using it regularly, some neighbors or passers by might use it as a dumping ground for trash.

What can you do?

Clean it up- in just a few hours for either land or a house, this immediately could increased value to the sale price.

Then you can take it further. Add the services people might require like a ​water well and septic system.

If there are no trees on a property, maybe you could plant a few trees to increase appeal. If there are too many trees maybe you could clear a few to “show” people how lovely it could be to live there.

If you have the skills  (and depending on the county rules), you could place a mobile home on the site or a cabin or tiny home or a shipping container home or a modular home or something of that nature.

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Of course this all takes time and money… but as always, you can start small. Look for cheap land for sale, and maybe you just clean up the first parcel of cheap land and add nothing further and sell it for a profit.

After you have successfully done this a few times, maybe the next few land parcels you look to add a well and septic. You get the idea…

Scale up gradually as you start to learn land values in your area, understand what the buyers are looking for in your area and then put yourself in a position to provide just that!

Maybe you have some friends with aligned skills and interests and you can pool funds together and start going after bigger projects… who knows?

Many customers are just looking to buy the largest acreage they can afford and are looking to build their “forever” off grid home or homestead. They buy acreage big enough so that later, they can add businesses to the land, whether that be horses, cattle, pigs, or gardens, aquaponics or a ton of other cool ideas.

Once you start getting in to this realm, you may be able to approach a bank to get some finance either to lend to you to buy or improve your home. Or as a business loan to expand or start your business.

But it all starts with identifying cheap vacant land for sale in the first place.

How Much Can I Expect To Pay When Buying Cheap Vacant Land?

This will vary hugely across the country. As many of you will have read in our previous article on buying land cheap, cheap is relative to the neighboring properties. 

What do you want? Are you looking for a business opportunity or a home? Do you like desert? mountains? water? Lots of acreage or small and simple?

If you want desert land, miles from any town with no services, dirt roads, and no utilities you can find land for $200-$300/acre in places like Nevada and New Mexico.

Many people DO want this type of land and prefer to be away from others. They enjoy peace and quiet. There may be plenty of ATV, hunting or horse riding and lots of wide open space.

If you prefer a babbling brook, electric, water, sewer, oak trees, and close to your local cappuccino haunt, it will be more a lot more expensive…

It is possible that $20,000 for a parcel of land with mountain views, plenty of trees, a creek and water rights is cheap in that state.

But $20,000 for land 30 minutes away but surrounded by a toxic dump and industrial warehouses might be expensive.

When you buy rural acreage, remember to check out the quality of roads, access to your property, utility access such as water and electricity. If you are wanting to farm, you might need to investigate the soil quality works for what you are trying to do.

To give you some real examples, we have some land for sale in New Mexico for under $1000. Yes -it had direct street access, yes- it was within 10 miles of Wal-Mart and yes- there was electric in the area.

We have had land in Missouri  range between $1500/ac to $19,000/ac depending on the area.

Naturally it is more expensive near the big urban areas.

Land can often be sourced Nevada for $300-$500/acre- sometimes less!

In Oregon, you can find land for $500-$1000 an acre, though many parts of Oregon are a lot pricier.

Should I Buy Cheap Vacant Land?

It is always worth looking for cheap high quality land to buy. Even if you own land now, if you know the values in your area and come across a bargain, it can be worth snapping it up. 

If you do not own any land now, it is a really stable asset to have in your portfolio for the long term. It is a great hedge against high inflation- and with all the billions of dollars being printed now…. who knows what will happen?

Some people  love to speculate. They know land is a great long term, safe investment and they pick up cheap vacant land for sale whenever they can, sometimes across different states.

They don’t plan to do anything with it- they just want to hold if for several decades as it tends to go up over time without having to do anything!

As areas get built up around it, the value of the land increases as the demand continues to rise. It requires patience, but not much else.

In most cases, the property taxes are super low- and there is no upkeep and maintenance required (unless you buy into an HOA) so it is easy and painless to hold for the long term…

Identify what type of land you like- Hunting property? A ranch for livestock? A farm? Land for dirt bikes and ATVs? Land for homesteading? Land for commercial uses? Residential lots? Camping property? 

Outline your criteria, then set an alert to check out new opportunities once a week. You can always check our current cheap land available or send us an email to let us know what you are looking for. We are happy to update you of any new properties we get that may suit your needs.

Modern Homesteading

Modern homesteading is a lifestyle choice where one decides to choose to live a life that works toward living self sufficiently. You can modern homestead anywhere. You don’t have to adopt every homesteading skill right away, you can start where you are and homestead with what you’ve got.

Let’s assume you’ve done some research and made the choice, you are going to embrace modern homesteading on your new property, you want to live off the grid and make your own food.

This is serious stuff keeping your families safe and healthy and doing your part to save the world and lessen your impact on the environment.

The first thing many new homesteaders do is order chickens. Now if you have never raised chickens before, check out our guide to raising chickens. It will come in handy!

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Modern homesteading is about making some lifestyle changes to work more with nature and our environment. Homesteading is a lifestyle of self sufficiency. But it does not necessarily mean shunning technology completely. 

Many people across the globe have had a big wake up call recently with how fragile our existence really is when we rely on others for our survival.  Check out how COVID-19 is impacting land sale trends.

Modern homesteading involves being more aware of how we live and what we eat, and to not be reliant on grocery stores and big chains to provide healthy options. Modern homesteading is about bonding with nature and knowing what and how it can provide for you.

The first step for most people who start modern homesteading is  raising chickens. Some even choose to build their own chicken coop.

Next steps that follow quickly tend to be gardening then growing and preserving your own food. Check out this article on homesteading discussing crop rotation and other animals you might be thinking about adding to your collection on your homestead.

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Trends in Modern Homesteading Today

Most people know modern homesteading will include some gardening and some raising animals. It also includes dyeing your own clothes and making your own textiles and beauty supplies where possible.

Modern Homesteading Garden 

Modern homesteading will absolutely involve gardening. Whether you have bought a large acreage and have plenty of space for an extensive garden or whether you have a small plot on your urban property, you will be on your way to provide healthier and more nutritious food for your family.

If you do not have much space right now, find out more about urban homesteading here. The most important factor in being successful is to get started! Skills like gardening are acquired over time. Start now with whatever space you have available. Urban homesteaders get started on their balcony! Others get started with indoor plants.

Modern homesteaders acquire many skills along the way and if you have a family, it is wonderful to get the kids involved and learning where their food comes from.  Also to get them involved in a few chores in the garden and looking after the animals. It helps them understand a little about how much hard work is involved in ensuring that food gets to the table every day.

Modern homesteading aims to provide you with high quality, safe and sustainable food year round; whilst using less resources and cutting back on waste and pollution. It’s a great thing to do!

Modern Homesteading Chickens 

The main reason modern homesteaders buy laying chicks or hens is for the eggs, of course! Once they begin laying, you will have an abundance of eggs that are organic, free of chemicals and, believe it or not, tastier.

After they have finish laying, they may either provide a great source of meat or just remain family pets! You may not think it at first but it is amazing how attached you can become to those chickens.

Modern Homesteading Meat

Once you get used to raising chickens, it’s time to start the next phase of your modern homesteading journey- raising your own livestock. 

Raising your own cage-free and pasture-raised animals for food will provide obvious sustainability and ensure you have high quality food even in hard times. It will make you more resilient to bad economies and bad weathers.

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Modern homesteading and raising your own animals will also ensure that your meat, cheeses and milk will be free of antibiotics, hormones and GMOs.

Depending on how much land you have available and how skilled you become, will determine whether you will eventually be able to make a business out of it. Many modern homesteaders are able to sell some of their surplus produce or meat to the local communities at farmers markets.  

Modern Homesteading DIY        

A true modern homesteader also makes their own cleaning and beauty supplies. Again this saves money and ensures the products are safe and free of chemicals and toxins that can make you sick. 

As well as providing safe and healthy cleaning supplies for your family, it also is far better for the environment ensuring less toxins are produced and consumed. Making your own DIY products is one of the easier aspects of modern homesteading that everyone can try out regardless if they own land or live a more urban life. Kids also love to get involved with these fun projects!

Here is an inspiring video on how easy it can be to make some cleaning products with natural products you might already have in your home. Cost savings are immense. Space saving is huge. Plus to have less chemicals living in your house with you, can only be a good thing!

What They Don’t Tell You About Modern Homesteading

Do not modern homestead purely because it’s hip and trendy right now and you’re looking for new material to post on your social media.

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It is hard work and there are as many cons as there are pros. I am going to give you a few of those cons to think about, but don’t worry I’m not trying to talk you out of this. These are just some things to think about and prepare for.

Raise Chickens They Said…

Most people entering the modern homesteading realm do not realize that baby chicks don’t stay cute and fluffy forever. There may be molting feathers, poop to clear up, vet bills, chicken coops to clean and foxes to keep out.

And don’t forget to watch your gardens! If the hens are left unattended for long periods of time they can start munching on your garden and destroy your whole season’s crop!

Raise Meat They Said…

Many city dwellers have never really seen first hand where their meat comes from. If you are raising animals for meat production, do you have the heart to kill the animals eventually?

Whether its a cow or a chicken or a pig or a goat, if you have loved that animal, nutured it, feed it, protected it, it can be extremely difficult when it comes time to say goodbye. Many people find they cannot go through with it.

There may be other times in a homesteader’s life where an animal is sick or injured and must be put down for their own sake.  Even though modern homesteading can be an idyllic life at time, never forget that there are difficult decisions to be made along the way.

Gardening Is Easy They Said…

Whether you are growing your food on a new parcel of land, a small piece of your land or an elevated garden on your balcony, gardening is war. You are at war. You will wake up every single day and and engage in war with the weeds; war with the insects; war with the soil, war with the vermin and the weather. They are all the enemy that you are trying to keep away from the food you plan to eat for dinner or all winter.

Gardening is certainly character building and teaches us lot about life and ourselves. Patience, creativity, resilience and doggedness are qualities that you will need most of the time.

DIY They Said…

We still cannot find any downsides to making your own cleaning and beauty supplies. Quite simply it is cheaper, easier and better. This is something anyone can do whether you buy land or not and whether you embrace modern homesteading or not.

Throw some vinegar and water together and stop using chemical cleaning products. Easy right?

Next up handmade soaps, lotions and potions which are better for your skin. Don’t forget that it is okay to take baby steps into modern homesteading any step to eliminating your carbon footprint helps you and the earth.

Now, modern homesteading is not just the ability to work with nature and the environment to survive. No, indeed- modern homesteaders also integrate technology into their lives to assist with the big picture – saving the earth and being self-sustaining!

Honorable Mention: Big Ticket Modern Homesteading Trends

Solar Panels

Solar power is one of the most accessible options modern homesteaders can use to save energy. Modern homesteaders look for states where solar panels work best and are most cost effective. 

There are many places to utilize solar power, but typically you think of sun and deserts, and in the U.S. I think of the southwest.

Nevada is a popular state people visit and have been moving to at a fast rate. In our 2018 research Nevada was the 2nd most popular place people were moving to. Nevada is the 5th best state for solar power energy according to EnergySage.

Nevada land is always popular and sells fast. Check here our current land for sale in Nevada

Purchasing land can provide many incentives for modern homesteaders including solar incentives and rebates, and if you are lucky, you may even receive tax credits. Solar panels are much more affordable these days and are one of the best ways to reduce your carbon footprint and save energy costs on an ongoing basis.

Electric Bikes

As a modern homesteader, you may want to be off the grid, but you can’t always grow everything you need on your land. Sometimes you will need efficient, reliable and fast enough transportation to get to the closest town for supplies.

Some people consider bikes with a supplemental electric motor an option. Electric bikes produce zero emissions, will save on gas expenses and, since you still pedal as much if not more than you rely on your electric motor, you will be in tip top shape as a result.

One thing to keep in mind though is how to bring your supplies home. You might need to look into bike baskets or a small bike cart to bring the loot home.

Energy Saving Appliances

On average, home appliances are responsible for roughly 13 percent of your total household energy use. Energy Star-rated appliances are recommended to save energy in modern homesteading homes. Sometimes appliances like these are more expensive to purchase initially, but in the long run the benefits outweigh the price. 

Modern Homesteading is Not For the Weak Spirited 

Modern homesteaders choose this lifestyle, because they are looking for something else i.e. financial freedom, food freedom, energy freedom, healthy and safety for your family, and possibly freedom from politics, the grid and excessive rules and regulations. 

Modern homesteaders want a bonded relationship with nature, to feel connected to their roots, but also to be conscious of how they live.

Even though it can look and sound idyllic, it is a lot of hard work. Especially in the beginning when there is a lot to learn and a lot to set up. There will be some sacrifices, for sure but with sacrifice comes great reward!

So the only way to find out if this is for you is to start! What can you do this week? Try to plant lettuce, some peppers, some cherry tomatoes and maybe some fun herbs.

Wake up everyday to keep those plants alive. Feel like you have a new purpose. Even if it is in a small way, do something to choose the health for your family and the future for this planet.

Good luck on your new and exciting journey.

And please keep us updated on your progress!

Land Sale Trends During Covid-19 And Beyond

What are the land sale trends during Covid-19 and beyond? With many industries completely shut down, what is happening in the real estate market and particularly land sales?

The real estate market in general is very dependant on the economy, bank lending and job security. The residential housing market tends to see a slowdown during uncertainty and recession. However, each zip code has its own micro-market.

Transactions in the housing market are still occurring across the country, albeit with a slowdown in some areas. Some housing market analysts think that the crisis is over already. However others think that the worst is yet to come.

The market for land sales is very different to standard residential home sales. And within the asset class “land” there are very different product types available- from land for industrial purposes to residential to agricultural to retail.

Raw land is typically less expensive than standard housing. Many people buy land with cash and are not reliant on bank financing. Some buyers do owner finance deals with the sellers.

Land sale trends show a stable asset without wild fluctuations in price which makes it more attractive. In times of uncertainty, people rush towards assets that give them safety and stability. 

We will explore through this article why Covid-19 has fuelled an increased demand for land, not less.

Why Are Land Sale Trends Show Rising Demand For Land During Covid-19? 

When industries started shutting down in March 2020 due to Covid-19, nobody knew what would happen and how long “the crisis” would last.

However what happened and is continuing to happen is that demand for land and interest in buying land has dramatically increased.

Here are some of the reasons fuelling the increased demand to buy land:

Factor 1: Land is a stable asset

The stock market wild fluctuations caused fear amongst investors who looked to acquire safe assets instead like land and gold. The stock market dropped over 30% in just a few days during the height of the crisis which took many people by surprise. The value of land stayed the same or increased.

Land sale trends rarely show any decrease over the long term and tends to stay the same or gradually increase over time. Many of the nation’s wealthiest people put their money into land for this reason- to keep it safe. Also to own safe haven assets that are not linked to the stock market performance.

(Also as we have discussed before, there are also things you can do to increase the value of land that you own- but that is a different topic that we discuss in our email series. If you are not on our email series but would like to be, let us know and we will welcome you aboard).

Factor 2: During pandemics, cities are less attractive and rural locations are more attractive

As big cities are viewed as “dangerous”places during pandemics with easy transmission of germs and viruses, there is a huge spike in city dwellers looking to own their personal rural retreat.

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It is comforting (even potentially life saving) to have safe place to go away from crowds and be outside to garden, hunt, fish, ATV, hike and relax away from the chaos.

During lockdown, we all crave more space and outdoor time. No problem for you if you own some acreage. This is causing a spike right now in land sales trends and we see that trend continuing in the years to come.

Factor 3: Technology enabled work from home 

As technology is rapidly improving and access to the internet is improving, rural living continues to be more attractive. As long as people can be connected remotely, so many possibilities open up.

We have seen the mass adoption of video conferencing tools like Zoom and Skype allow incredible working from home opportunities more available.

You can continue to work for your company from home.

You can start an online business.

You can get work locally in your rural township.

You can start a small local business selling your homestead produce.

What about write your book and be self-published?

Factor 4: House building technology has improved and become cheaper

Living off the grid is becoming cheaper every day. There are cheaper, faster ways of building a home, whether it is one of the earthship homes that require no heating or cooling, or one of the modular homes where everything down to the flooring and fixtures are completed before the modules leave the factory. They are transported to your land and assembled in a day. Many of our customers are interested in shipping container homes or tiny homes.

Solar power has become a lot cheaper. And drilling a well or rain water harvesting systems are possible for most people these days. 

Factor 5: Supply of land continues to diminish pushing prices higher

Economics 101: Supply and demand. The demand for land continues to rise for many reasons and the fact remains that every year the supply decreases. This means prices for land sale trends will continue to be pushed up over the long term.

Whether its due to populations rises, or a rush of city folk moving out to rural areas, or companies needing to increase their warehousing space, land continues to be in demand.

Supply:- land is not being made any more. As Mark Twain said “Buy land, they’re not making it anymore.”

Land looks to have continued high demand over the immediate and long term with continuing decreased supply. This equation only results in land prices moving in one direction. No prizes for getting the right answer 😀

Factor 6: Ease of viewing land and technology enables safe transactions remotely

Technology allows you to browse all sorts of land in your state or other states super easily. Many listings have great photos and in some cases, great video footage so you can really get a good sense of what is available. 

Of course, nothing beats visiting the land, walking on it and watching the sunset on your future property. Google maps and Google earth gives you the next best thing so you can really get good close ups of the property, see the neighbouring towns, hospitals/airports/schools or whatever else you think you might require.

As you are buying vacant land, not a house, there is very little that can go wrong and there is very little to “inspect” as such, so many more people are happy to buy from photos and their Google earth “sight unseen”.

Also secure banking and digital document signing has improved dramatically so it is possible and more efficient to close the transaction from the comfort of your own home. Land sellers, mortgage brokers, realtors, title companies, banks and county recording offices all accept online signatures and online documents.

I suspect many businesses in the real estate space will close up most of their offices after this pandemic as they realize there is just no need to make someone waste an hour of their day (or more) to fight through the traffic, find a parking spot to walk into a office to sign something when it can be done in 3 minutes online.

Factor 7: Increased desire for a simple life fuels long term upward land sale trends

More people crave a simple life right now. Enjoying beautiful sunrises, breathing fresh, clean air, growing your own food, walking the dogs, horse riding, attending to the goats and chickens, eating, sleeping, doing it again sounds very appealing.

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The trend towards a more simple life, being in balance with the seasons, getting closer to nature, reducing clutter and the tiny home movement have been getting more popular also. 

We see this trend continuing for the foreseeable future.

Factor 8: Increased desire to “virus-proof” your life and be self sustainable

Covid-19 has fuelled renewed interest in changing traditional lifestyles to alternative lifestyles.

Many city dwellers have been re-thinking where they want to live.

“Do I really need to be living right up close to all these people?”

“Is travelling on the subway the best way to spend 2 hours per day when I can work from home?”

Of course with so many people now forced to work from home, it has give employers and employees a test–run to see how feasible working from home is. For some it has a been a great success with higher productivity and many will not be returning to their office.

Living remotely on your own acreage, with your own food and water source sounds very attractive right now- especially if you can work from home full time or part time and keep some income flowing in.

Living off the grid has also been popular for a while now but Covid-19 has sparked renewed interest in the whole topic of being self reliant and sustainable. This is a massive factor driving upward land sale trends in the coming years.

Imagine slashing your food bills by 50-80% as you grow your own vegetables and raise some animals for milk and eggs.

Imagine having no rent/mortgage bills (as you own your home), no electric bills(solar or generator) or water bills (harvest rain water or well)

Using recyclable materials and living more simply with less clutter is highly appealing.

As we have seen how fragile our economy and our supply chains really are, the interest in being self-reliant has gone through the roof.

People do not wish to be at the whim of their super market but want to create their own safe water/food source and not be reliant on a politician to provide for them.

Factor 9: Demand for land creates opportunities and fuels land sale trends

These trends have been on the increase for many years. Covid-19 did not “create” them, but it certainly accelerated them.

Many people have been actively “prepping” for an impending disaster for decades.

Many people have been considering moving away from cities and opting for a simpler life closer to nature.

Others have been experimenting with going off the grid and embracing a more sustainable and self sufficient lifestyle where they supply their own energy, food and water.

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Given that these are long term trends- and did not just start in the last couple of months, we anticipate that they will continue and increase.

This creates many opportunities for people who can spot the trend and position themselves to benefit from opportunities that will arise.

Some just want to make the move to rural land to ensure their own survival and protect their family.

Others can see opportunity in buying land that others may not want right now and having the patience to wait several years until circumstances catch up with their vision. 

For example, we have customers who want us to help them buy big parcels of land which they can then go about subdividing. Obviously this requires research, due diligence and long term vision.

We also have customers who like to buy on the outskirts of growing small towns as they know that they can buy cheap land now but in 5-10 years as more people live in that area, the demand for land out of town will become “hot”.

Affordable housing is needed more than ever and increased demand, increased demographics, people wanting to move out and enjoy more space is fuelling a rise in land prices. Also land buyers often track the building of superstores, hospitals and improved transport links and buy land near these areas as a smart play towarsd rising land values in an area.

What are the land sale trends for 2020 and beyond?

Of course, like all real estate, there are many types of land available and each one has its own performance metrics.

For example land for industrial use performs very differently to land for agricultural use to land for residential purposes.

In January 2020, all land sales were swift and upward trending. The economy was booming and could do no wrong.

However in Feb/March 2020 the world changed very swiftly and much of the economy was shut down like we have never seen before.

Land sales for retail and office space dropped sharply.

Land sales for multi family residential slowed down in April but builders and developers are continuing to buy as there is still not enough low income housing.

Land sales for industrial/warehousing use has picked up massively due to COVID-19.

US business seeking to bring more products in and have a greater inventory available to them rather than rely on “just-in-time” supply chains that was popular previously.

There will also be a trend towards bringing manufacturing back to the USA and this will require more storage space, more factory space and warehousing space.

Land sales for agricultural use has been stable- and we predict this will continue to rise over the next few years with the push for the USA to be able to feed itself rather than have to import food from foreign markets.

Land sales for residential use and recreational use is increasing rapidly in the last 2 months due to the factors we have discussed here.

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Even on a smaller scale, we are seeing increased demand from families who want to get started homesteading or living off the grid to buy their land and get started on their project rather than continue to dream about it as they swipe through their Instagram feed.

It is no longer a “one-day” dream but Covid-19 has clearly demonstrated how real a threat can be and how vulnerable we actually are.

Rather than rely on government to control its supply chain or ensure enough safe food and water for the population, what if you can create and ensure your own safe drinking water, your own food source and your own acreage to do as you please, away from big cities and crowded places?

Is Now The Best Time To Buy Land?

To roll out an old cliché, the best time to buy land was yesterday. The second best time to buy land is today.

But truly, the best time to buy land is when it suits your goals, your life circumstances and your budget. It is always better to buy land “before” you need to. You do not want to buy in a panic. If you think you want to buy land, start early. Take your time, talk to experts, do your research, see what is available. 

There is never a “bad” time to buy land as the asset value does not tend to swing wildly. In general, land will be more valuable in 10 years time than today.

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Land is a highly valued asset whose price does not fluctuate much by world events. Prices tend to continue to rise slowly over time.

When there is a crisis, the stock market tends to drop like a stone due to fear and uncertainty.

However when there is a crisis, owning land becomes even more desirable- whether the crisis is a terrorist attack, a rise or fall in interest rates or a global pandemic.

Once you have decided that you want to buy land and have done your research, there comes a point when you need to pull the trigger. If all you do is research and take no action, you will be in a same position in 10 years time with more knowledge perhaps but no asset that has benefited from 10 years growth. (Make sure you are not the “woulda, shoulda, coulda!”)

Some people like to scale up over time which can be a good way to go. They like to start with buying something smaller, like a 2-3 acre property. They own that for a year or two then come back to us and buy the 10-20 acre property and continue to scale up to bigger properties as they become comfortable owning land and know how to manage it.

Other people know they want 80 acres, they know this will be their only purchase, they know their criteria and they go and get it.

Others know they want to accumulate different types of land for different purposes across different states. They want some residential land, some agricultural land, some commercial land and some recreational land

There is no right or wrong. Just know your goals and why you want it.

Land is quite a different purchase than an asset like stocks. When you buy stocks, many people try to “time” the market and buy at the lowest point possible then hope to watch the stock price soar to sky-high prices.

The pandemic has fuelled greater interest in buying land and is trending prices upwards. Land prices do not tend to swing wildly, so the best time to buy land is when you find the land parcel you want and can afford to buy it.

There is no point “waiting” as the likelihood is that the price will just keep rising. Also you may miss out on the land you want.

This is not like not retail or e-commerce where more inventory can be ramped up on demand. The same widget can be produced over and over.

However if you find your perfect parcel of land, and it gets sold to someone else first, it may take many years to find another parcel just like it.

Write down your criteria of what you want when you buy land and when you find it and have done the research, take action and buy it.

What Will Happen to Land Sales When Covid-19 Is Over?

Nobody knows how long this virus will continue. But many people have had a serious “wake-up” call.

It only took just a few days before the stores ran out of basic supplies. And it only took a week or so for pharmacies to run out of medical supplies/masks/gloves etc. It was quite shocking and demonstrated how vulnerable we really are.

Rather than wait for an “external saviour” or a vaccine which may or may not be effective, is it better to take steps to control your own destiny?

People who own land have had very little disruption to their daily life during this pandemic.

They are free to roam around their acreage, horse ride, ATV or go swimming in their creek.

They have their own safe drinking water from their well.

They have their own safe organic food sources –vegetable gardens, eggs, milk or meat.

This crisis may not be a “one-off”. Once this pandemic is “over”, there may be another virus or crisis in a year or two. We know viruses tend to mutate and return. Even if a vaccine does get developed for this virus, it will not be effective for all future viruses.

It is highly likely that the trend of people moving out the cities to rural locations with more space will continue. Some people will keep two homes- a city pad and a rural retreat. Others will just move out and set themselves up sustainably for the long term.

Remember this is only our opinion of land sale trends from our experience, our analysis, our research, and talking with our customers, peers, colleagues in the industry. This is not a recommendation and there is no guarantee of what the future holds. You must do your own due diligence. 

How Do I Buy Land Safely?

Buying land is a very simple process, much easier and safer than buying a house. Grab our free download on the 3 essential questions you should ask when buying land to make sure you do not buy a lemon. 

If you want to stay up to date with our current listings check in here from time to time. If you are looking for something specific, email us to let us know.

Any comments or questions, please get in touch, we love hearing from you. Do you agree that land sale trends are pointed upwards?

Owner Financed Land In Missouri

Owner financed land in Missouri is fairly rare to find these days.

You would have more luck finding hen’s teeth to be honest. Everyone prefers to be paid right away and in cash. Am I right?

And who can blame them?

However, when it comes to buying land real estate, using owner finance or seller finance is a very important part of the land buying process and allows you to get closer to your dream property faster than any other method.

Finding great owner financed land real estate is fairly common in the western states like owner financed land in Nevada, owner financed land in Oregon and many others. However finding owner financed land to buy in Missouri can be challenging.

As you know if you are a regular reader of our blog, bank financing is extremely difficult to secure for vacant land for sale. Find out why here: owner financed land.

At Vacant Land USA, luckily, we can offer owner financed land for sale in Missouri for certain properties.

The land real estate available will change from time to time, as we continue to find great deals- and they do sell fast.

Make sure you jump on our premium Buyers list so you get notified of new properties available BEFORE they hit our website.

Missouri Acreage For Sale By Owner

You have a much greater chance of working out a deal on some owner finance land for deal in Missouri when you can find land for sale by owner

Once you deal directly with the owner, an offer can be made and you have a better chance of meeting somewhere in the middle so both sides are able to get what they want.

If you do not have all the money in cash available and if you cannot get a bank loan, it might leave you renting forever- unable to buy your dreamy cabin property, or secure that land real estate to create your homestead and live off the grid or buy that hunting acreage for you and your buddies.

In Missouri, land for sale can be very valuable and fetch a high price. For example, if you are looking to buy 40 acres land in Missouri for $95K, you might not happen to have $90K-$100K sitting around in your piggy bank….

land for sale missouri

But if you can find land for sale by owner, you may be able to offer, say $40K down today then pay them $10K per year for their real estate for the next 5 years.

If you are the buyer- of course you are hoping to spread the payments out as long as possible.

With Owner Financed Land For Sale, The Seller is NOT A Bank

Do not forget that the seller IS NOT a bank….

The seller may need the money now for a medical emergency, or to pay off their own debts, or to pay a tax bill or to pay their employees payroll.

Also they do not have the ability or the desire to be chasing people all over the country for their payments.

For whatever reason, they have decided it is time to sell and they want/need their money as quickly as possible.

The seller does not really want to string the real estate sale out for the next 30 years.

So do not be surprised if your offer of $250 down and $250 a month for the next 31 years is politely declined…

Most land sellers will be willing to negotiate owner financing to some extent, so feel free to make a offer, but be reasonable and fair at your end, and most sellers will be reasonable and fair to you.

What Are The Typical Terms For Land Owner Financing?

The typical time frame for seller financed land is 3-5 years. Some might be happy to extend it to 6-7 years but do not expect much more than that.

Try to think outside the box and be creative….

If the seller is wanting say $25K down payment and you only have $10K, instead of walking away with your bottom lip out, is there a way to raise $15K in the next 2 weeks?

Maybe your parents/your kids would be happy to give you a short term loan for $5K (as long as they know it is going to an asset ie a parcel of land and won’t be lost down at the casino?)

Maybe your best friend or your brother will loan you $5K as well.

Maybe you can work like a demon for a few weeks on Uber/Lift/pizza delivery/overtime at the hospital and put together an extra $5K?

Suddenly you may be able to raise $25K and may be able to meet the seller’s down payment request for owner financing.

Why Buy Owner Financed Land In Missouri?

We love the “Show Me” state! It is home to over 6 million great people and is packed with beautiful scenery and great cities.

Missouri is also rich in culture, blending elements from the Midwest and the South as well as European influences from past French and German settlers.

Today it is divided into 114 counties. Even though it is an inland state, there is a ton of fresh water due to stunning lakes and water ways like Missouri River, Mississippi River, Table Rock Lake and the Lake of the Ozarks.

There are also plentiful forests, lots of wildlife and many insanely awesome spots for hunters (and plenty of amazing land for sale!).

Agriculture is a huge industry, as is financial services, beer, wine, beef, biotech and aerospace.

Tourism draws in millions of visitors to enjoy the rivers, caves, state parks and lakes. Places like Gateway National Arch in St Louis, The Ozark National Scenic Riverways National Park or the Meramec Caverns in Stanton.

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Beautiful things to see and do in Missouri keep visitors flocking back year after year to the stunning natural world but also to the vibrant cities like St Louis, Kansas City, Jefferson city and gateways to the Ozarks like Branson.

Some visitors/tourists buy land in Missouri as they love it and they visit often.

The other massive group of people who buy land for sale in Missouri are locals, who are looking for land on which to build their dream home, or first home buyers looking to buy land rather than rent.

They can sometimes put a tiny home on, or a mobile home and set up very cheaply building their valuable asset. Or homesteaders looking to live off the grid. Or farmers looking to expand their holdings.

Also a lot of outdoorsmen buy land for hunting grounds, or to go dirt biking, hiking, or camping.

And there are a lot of people looking to expand their existing acreage either for investment purposes (they trust land more than governments of banks), or if they have some practical skills, they know they can buy vacant land on owner finance, install utilities, put in a driveway and sell it in a few months to a grateful cash buyer who is happy to pay to have all that work done for them.

Or builders buy vacant land for sale, make improvements, put up a home and sell it on the normal housing market.

Summary

There are many good reasons to buy vacant land.

And by using owner financing, there is usually a way to secure your land faster than you think.

Whether you want to buy land to ensure you and your family always have a place to live and a source of sustenance (especially if you have a garden), raise some chickens and have installed your own well or have a rainwater collection system.

Whether you want land to store wealth or to create wealth, to pass onto your kids or to use it for fun and outdoors delights, there is usually a way to work with the seller to make it happen. either through owner financing, a traditional bank loan or a cash deal.

And of course, when you are considering land for sale, if you are in the fortunate situation to have the cash on hand, then you may be able to scoop up a better deal with a cash discount.

Going Off The Grid: Alternative Ways To Build

Going off the grid has never been more relevant right now.

As I am writing this, we are in the midst of the COVID-19 quarantine.

The world seems to have gone crazy, people are scared and panicking.

No one knows how this will play out.

The preppers are smugly saying “I told you so” as they retire safely to their bunkers with their 3 yrs of rations supply and safe sources of water.

The masses are hoarding toilet paper and hand sanitizer.

Businesses are shut down across the globe.

Stock markets are decimated.

There are massive queues to buy guns and other weapons. Either to “protect” themselves and also to get back to some hunting land and provide for their family like in days gone by.

And there is a huge rise is people looking to buy land away from the cities and looking to make sure they are never “at risk” again.

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People are taking massive action to buy some land for sale, looking to create a small sustainable hobby farm to grow their own food, raise chickens, and set up their own energy systems and water systems so that they can live and survive off the grid if they have to.

Whilst we should all get through this current crisis (hopefully), it has certainly been a HUGE wake up call in how quickly things can change and how long things might take to recover.

It is a huge wake up call in ensuring we can provide for our own needs and not rely on someone else or an institution to come and save you.

It only took 2-3 weeks for the stock markets to crash violently and erase 10 years of gains, for the unemployment lines to sky rocket and supermarket shelves to be empty.

Many of us have never experienced anything like it.

Many people are suddenly realising how fragile our economy really is and how reliant we are on our own government and foreign governments for the basic necessities of life…

What if a foriegn power decides it will no longer supply basic pharmaceuticals to millions of Americans who depend on them to stay alive???

Can we ramp up our own production?

Do we currently have the facilities?

Should this be one of the priorities moving forward?

There will need to be a huge re-think and re-structure at the macro level but at the micro level what can you do to protect your family and keep your family safe, healthy, not stressed and well looked after. 

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Many of our clients are now taking action to do what they can to future proof their own lives.

Some have been asking about earthship homes and various ways of alternate living and going off the grid….

We have already discussed modular homes as an alternative to traditional built homes which was a very popular article. We have also examined the costs and feasibility of tiny homes that are also super popular right now.

Going Off The Grid With Earthship Homes

Michael Reynolds is one of the noted experts with earthship home buildings.

Check out this fascinating interview where he explains how his buildings virtually eliminate water bills, utility bills, food bills and is super efficient. Water recirculates and waters plants which then provides food and oxygen. The house heats and cools itself. There is adequate healthy food all around.

He has created homes like this all around the world. You can see some of them in New Mexico- where it gets extremely cold outside in the desert at night but when you enter the home, it is warm inside and requires no heating.

Passive Home Design For Sustainable Eco-Living

Passive home design and “zero energy” homes are becoming very popular also. They rely on smart architecture and high performance building design to drastically reduce the energy needs of the home.

They also rely on some high tech materials (triple pane windows) and high levels of smart insulation to stop energy leakages from the home.

This video explains very quickly in just 90 seconds how passive home concept works:

These buildings reduce the energy requirements of the home by 90%. Some of these technologies and smart building materials may be incorporated in any home eg energy efficient windows and high tech insulation. You can set it up so you can be off grid completely. Or you may choose to stay on the grid but just benefit from massively reduced energy bills. 

But if you have decided going off the grid was a goal for you, it is wise to consider some of these technologies. Some of them may require increased cost upfront but you will save it back for years with lower to nil energy costs for the next few decades.

Here is a more in depth video explaining much of the technology behind these amazing passive homes:

So How Do I Go Off The Grid?

Going off the grid is a decision not to be taken lightly. There is a lot to learn, a lot to consider and some upfront costs involved.

We suggest to take it very slowly. Start doing extensive research, costing and planning.

Start talking to people who have done it.

Seek out those who tried it, did not make it work then came back to city life.

Talk to those who are still doing it successfully and would never return to the grid.

In whatever space you currently have, whether you rent or own or live in an apartment or a house, make a start.

Try growing some herbs or vegetables.

If you have enough space, start to raise some chickens.

There is a massive surge in people buying chickens for urban living right now- to supply themselves with daily organic eggs.

Of course, you may decide that totally going off the grid is not for you but you can find some land, that you can build on that has grid power and can be connected to city water and sewer.

Or many people do a hybrid model, where they can connect to power, but they will need to put in a well and septic system.

Others just want to be as far away from other people, rules and regulations as possible, live off grid and have the skills to look after themselves.

Other people choose to buy land and set it up as a smart alternative.

They are content with living in the city to live and work and see friends.

Though they are smart enough to have a “plan B”, a cabin in the woods, somewhere that they may go for summer vacations or one weekend a month and they know they can hide out and survive for a few months if the need arises…

If you decide that you wish to move forward with either going off the grid or a hybrid alternative sustainable model, you will need to buy some land that you can create your new sustainable life on.

There are many ways to create an eco-friendly/sustainable living situation depending on what you prefer, what appeals to you, what you can afford and many other factors.

But always CHECK with your local county planning and zoning that your plans will be permitted…

Some counties are very strict and you will struggle to build what you want.

Others will work with you as long as you show you have basic sanitation and safety standards.

Other counties will leave you alone and will not need you to submit any plans at all…..

Remember, if you are doing something that has not been done before, you might get a initial “NO”.

Make sure you take the time to go and meet with the planners and explain exactly what you want to do.

Counties have guidelines to ensure certain standards and public health are maintained, but there may be ways you can adapt your building that will be acceptable to them.

Check out this retired couple who have been successfully living off the grid for 8 years and have shared their experience.

It’s a fascinating look into what it takes.

They seem very happy and have set up a great life but they acknowledge that it is not always easy, you need to be very self reliant and solve many problems yourself.

They acknowledge there are costs involved to set it up at the beginning and ongoing costs along the way as everything needs to be maintained. Some items will need to be replaced at some point.

But I gotta say, I do love people who think creatively and carve out a new way of doing things, despite a few challenges along the way.

Is Going Off The Grid Worth It?

We think so.

But you need to do it in a logical well thought out way.

There is a lot to learn and skills to be mastered.

It can be a fun journey along the way and there will be many challenges along the path.

Remember there is not one “right” way. There are so many ways to go off the grid. Find a way that suits your budget, your lifestyle and your long term goals. Take your time and go step-by-step.

Even if you decide it is not for you and you’d rather stay in the city, it is still a great idea to learn a few skills. Perhaps how to grow your own food on your balcony or use a solar panel or two to power your dishwasher, or have a few backyard chickens.

If you do decide it is for you, plan to do it slowly, talk to many experts, talk to many off-gridders, seek to understand the seasons, the inherent risks, and start to build your skills.

This recent crisis has identified to many people that many of us are not as skilled as we think!

And that the ability to design an app or tell some funny jokes on Tik Tok might not be enough to get us through the next crisis….

What do you think? Let us know….

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