If you're getting tired of fighting city life or if you're concerned about finding a good location to raise a family where you can depend on yourself for survival, then you'll probably want to start looking at farm and ranch properties. You should work with a real estate agent familiar with local farms or ranches for sale if you want to stay in your general area. If you're willing to move anywhere, then you can look at farm and ranch real estate magazines and online listings to find the perfect new location to move. Here are some reasons you may want to buy an existing farm or ranch property rather than undeveloped land.
A Working Farm Already Has Buildings in Place
If you just look for acreage when you're ready to move, you may buy land that hasn't been used for anything, which means you'll have to build everything from scratch. A farm already has barns and buildings in place for housing animals, parking farm machinery, and storing crops. A ranch is a special type of farm that is built for breeding animals, such as cattle and horses. This type of property will have horse barns and the type of fencing you need to keep livestock and horses contained. Moving onto a property with all of the fences and structures in place could save you many months or years of building.
The Land Is Cleared For Use
Another important benefit of buying land that is already used for farming or raising livestock is that the land has been suitably prepared. If you buy land that's mostly woods or brush, you'll have a lot of work ahead of you to clear the land and make it suitable for crops or animals. A working farm also has wells already dug and the land leveled and enriched when necessary so you don't have to worry about buying property that you can't find water on or that has soil that won't support a farm.
You Can Start Producing Income More Quickly
With everything already in place on the farm or ranch that you buy, your initial expenses after you buy the property will be limited to farm equipment, animals, and seed. While you'll pay more for a fully developed farm or ranch, the expense could be worth it since all the buildings are included in the mortgage cost and you won't have to pay extra for land clearing and building barns before you can plant crops or buy animals. The result is you can start earning money quicker since you can begin farming right away. Plus, if your goal is to be self-sustaining, you'll have crops and animals to feed your family much sooner which makes all the hard work of farming worth it.