January 26, 2010 2:41 PM Subscribe
How legitimate are the offers of free land from Western towns? Has anyone taken up one of these offers (or do you know someone who has)?
posted by ollyolly to Home & Garden (6 answers total) 10 users marked this as a favorite
I know that the government no longer gives away land
through any sort of Homestead Act, but I've read about some empty Western towns
who would trade you enough land to build a house on in exchange for coming to live there and bringing a business with you. Sort of a grow-the-community thing. Not great land, and it would be in the middle of nowhere where they have trouble attracting newcomers.
I'm wary of the scammy "claim your free land" type deals that came up when I tried to find out more about these deals, and I know homesteading is dead, but some of these offers seems reasonable, especially for people with secure work-from-home jobs who want to own a house. Does anyone have any direct/indirect experience with them?