How to Buy Rural Land. Maybe you've always dreamed of your own place in the country. Here's how to buy rural land.
Things You'll Need
- Area Maps
- Local Newspapers
- Contractor Referral Services
- Real Estate Attorneys
Determine how you intend to use the property and what features you desire, such as ponds, trees or easy accessibility to main roads.
Consider area amenities such as grocery shopping, banks and hospitals.
Narrow your search for the perfect spot by driving through rural areas, searching classified ads in newspapers or on the Internet, or contacting real estate agents about rural properties for sale.
Walk over the property and obtain topographical maps of the site from the U.S. Geological Survey to learn about the terrain and features of the land.
Contact local government offices to find out about rights and restrictions that could affect your use of the desired property, such as zoning ordinances, historical restrictions or environmental regulations.
Obtain prices of other, comparable land sales in the area from a local real estate agent.
Ask the current owner for a professional survey of the property to determine boundary lines.
Arrange to finance the land purchase through a private lender or the current property owner.
Consult a real estate attorney or agent about contract terms before making your offer on the rural land.