What You Need to Know about Buying Rural Property

Posted by Janis Penick on Monday, September 30th, 2019 at 7:26am.

Rural LandHave you been thinking about buying a property in a rural area? Whether you are looking for a home in a rural area or just a piece of land, there are some special considerations you will want to think about that are different from buying a home in other areas. 

Probably the most important thing you will want to think about is the intended use of the property. What do you want to use the property for? Are you wanting to have any kind of animals such as horses or chickens? Do you intend to use the property for any kind of commercial activity? Make sure you know what is allowed and not allowed. Even though you own the property, it is likely there will be zoning restrictions that limit what you can do with the property. If the property isn’t zoned the way you would like, it may be possible to change it but that isn’t guaranteed and could take time to make it happen. 

Another thing to consider is the adjacent properties and what they are used for. If you are looking for peaceful land to farm and someone is using their land for a use that might disturb that, you will want to know before you make a permanent commitment to it. Even if your property is large enough to protect you from less than desirable neighbors, you still will have to pass neighboring properties every time you leave home. Do you want to drive by an eyesore every time you go to work? 

If you plan to build a home on empty land, you will want to carefully consider the placement of your home. Depending on where the lot lines are, you could wind up looking at something you don’t want to if you build a home too close to the lines. While you likely wouldn’t build a home there if the property doesn’t suit you currently, remember the owners may change in the future or the current owners may decide to do something different with their property. Waking up next to a pig farm every morning may not be what you are looking for so if you have a large piece of land, it is a good idea to give yourself a buffer around your home site.

Buying a unique property calls for a qualified real estate agent as land use laws can be complicated and confusing. Don’t risk buying a property that isn’t right for you by handling it yourself. It is also important that you find the right agent to help. Don’t rely on an agent that specializes in intown sales. Find someone with the experience you need that can help you figure out exactly the right property for you.

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