Buying a piece of land for farming or a ranch can be a truly rewarding hobby or a lucrative business. With rural living comes a peace and tranquility not offered by big cities plus cleaner air and living life with animals to care for. Yet there are always things you need to know before you set out. You should consider these below before you buy land.
Buying land doesn’t have to be tricky if you have the right people helping you every step of the way. You will need a team of professionals you can call like agents, brokers and maybe even a lawyer. Buying a farm is quite different then buying a residential lot. This may seem obvious but have you considered what it means to purchase bulk acreage. Have you surveyed this acreage and made sure that it will meet all your requirements?
First, have all your financial ducks in a row, so to speak before you even begin looking to buy land. You will be ready to buy as soon as you find what you’re looking for, if your finacing has already been secured.
Secondly, you should choose an agent who has experience with selling farm land since there are many specifics involved in terms of paperwork and land requirements that everyone will need to be on the same page about. The USDA’s website has all the documentation for many different types of land purchases.
Third, you should carefully examine the property, do not really on pictures or hearsay. make sure yourself, that everything you want is there. Do you plan on planting crops? Do you know for sure your soil is good and fertile enough for planting? Does it have proper drainage and irrigation?. Is there a place to put your equipment? Such as, a large barn, shed or other lot?
Lastly, have you done your research on insurance? You will need to know your options here as well as find someone you trust to help you cover all your bases. You need to insure your crops, even if it seems expensive, it will still be the best decision you made in case of a natural disaster which wipes out your harvest such as a tornado or a flood. In case of disaster, you shouldn’t rely on FEMA to save you. You should have a good insurance plan to cover your losses.
Spending time on a farm closer to nature and having an intimate knowledge of growing and caring for your food supply can be rewarding as a hobby or financially rewarding if you plan to take your fruits, vegetables and or meats to market. Whichever type of farm you wish to buy whether it be hobby, or livelihood. Check into rates on your loans for farm and carefully choose a real estate agent who knows the ins and outs of purchasing farmland.