How to Find a House With Acreage

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A house lying in the distance at the edge of a large field.
A house lying in the distance at the edge of a large field. (Image: Wavebreakmedia Ltd/Wavebreak Media/Getty Images)

Many people who desire to get out of the city, or who already live rurally and would like to expand, search for a home with acreage. Depending on your needs and financial situation, you can find homes that come with land ranging anywhere from 5 acres to more than 100 acres.

Things You'll Need

  • Real estate agent
  • Internet access

Hire a real estate agent with a good track record of selling rural homes. Even though the process of selling homes with a substantial amount of land is similar to selling homes in the city, an agent with rural experience will know the finer points when it comes to looking for a home with acreage. A real estate agent who specializes in rural properties will have access to more listings as well as the experience to compare current listings to those that have been recently sold.

Tell your real estate agent in advance what you plan to do with the land. Some counties or municipalities may have zoning rules that place restrictions on how you can develop land or that prohibit certain types of animals from being kept on that land. For example, if you wish to have a large amount of land for horse keeping or for creating a pond, your agent will need to know in order to narrow the search to communities that allow it.

Research options on your own. You don't need to leave the entire search in your real estate agent's hands. While the agent is on the hunt for your new home, you can do research on what is available by searching Internet listings on real estate agencies' websites. You can be as specific as you please by narrowing your search according to location and by number of bedrooms and bathrooms. You can also refine your options by choosing the size of the land the home sits on.

Review your options. If you live in a more rural area, chances are you will have many properties to compare. The more flexible you are, the better chances you have of finding a great deal on a new home. Good public school systems drive up the prices of homes in a community, so if your children are out of school or you don't have children, school district reputations shouldn't influence your choice.

Proceed with the sale. If you are certain that you have found a property with an acreage that fits your needs and you wish to purchase, your real estate agent can take you through the rest of the home-buying process.

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