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What do I need to know before buying land?

I wish to buy some undeveloped rural land for recreational purposes. What words of wisdom or relevant recommendations (books, blogs, etc.) can you offer? [more inside]
posted by tomwheeler on Apr 27, 2014 - 4 answers

UK land ownership; I know it's complicated,what's the simple version?

Please suggest sources for a layman's understanding of the evolution of land ownership law/practice in the UK, from feudal times through today. Yes I know this is a tall order. But, that's why you're reading this question. Right?
posted by John Borrowman on Feb 15, 2014 - 5 answers

Should I/am I ready to buy a place?

I thought I wasn't ready to buy a place, but with all the advice I've been getting from everyone, I wonder if I should. [more inside]
posted by glache on Dec 6, 2013 - 17 answers

I need to shed some land in Colorado.

Due to a ridiculous series of events, I am in quasi-possession of some land in Huerfano County, Colorado. Due to what I understand is a Colorado-specific difficult process of inheritance, the land (in my late wife's name) is more expensive to transfer to me than it is worth and since it is in her name, I can't even gift it. It costs me $100 or more annually to hold onto this acreage, and I am considering abandoning it. [more inside]
posted by FauxScot on Jul 16, 2013 - 7 answers

Open-range ranching in Ontario

What is the situation regarding open-range ranching in Ontario? [more inside]
posted by jamincan on Dec 17, 2012 - 1 answer

property to be in the control of your progeny in perpetuity

Here's a little puzzle: you want a piece of property to be in the control of your progeny in perpetuity. You want to be certain that they don't up and sell it, and you especially want to be sure that future spouses don't get their hooks into it and force sale or forfeiture during divorce. How do you set things up to make this happen? [more inside]
posted by Meatbomb on Dec 9, 2012 - 19 answers

Market=Grocery?

Are a small corner market and a major grocery chain store typically subject to the same licensing requirements? [more inside]
posted by mmiddle on Dec 3, 2012 - 7 answers

What is 10,000 Acres?

I am trying to find common equivalents for various acre sizes. What is a thing/place many people are familiar with that is (more or less) 50 acres? 100 acres? 200 acres? 1000 acres? 2000 acres? 10,000 acres? [more inside]
posted by punkbitch on Aug 27, 2012 - 18 answers

Is this land cheap for a reason?

How do I determine whether to purchase vacant land next to my house? 1/3 of an acre in western Oregon, $15,000, but no utilities. [more inside]
posted by Happydaz on Mar 25, 2012 - 18 answers

Will Ford service Land Rover?

I'm thinking about purchasing a used Land Rover. I know that up until recently, they were owned by Ford. Will Ford dealerships/service shops service Land Rovers, or only specialty/import shops? I'm in the Milwaukee area.
posted by hafehd on Dec 25, 2011 - 7 answers

What do I do about my neighbor's garage on my property?

I recently bought a home in the country, along with some nice acreage. After a recent survey, it seems that my neighbor's garage extends about 10 feet onto my property. I had intended to put up a fence along that straight line, but as it turns out, the line is interrupted by someone else's building. Other than consulting a lawyer who specializes in such matters--which I may or may not do, depending--what do I do from here? I don't mind building my fence around the garage, but I'm not fond of the idea of giving away some of my land, either, albeit only a small piece. Any words of wisdom?
posted by jackypaper on Nov 9, 2011 - 13 answers

Buying land on contract-to-deed; what to know?

Buying land on contract-to-deed; what to know? [more inside]
posted by lpcxa0 on Oct 10, 2011 - 2 answers

Longterm commitment to this land?

I'm considering buying a 21-acre farm for personal (non-commercial) use and enjoyment. What should I know before launching into this endeavor? [more inside]
posted by foggy out there now on Aug 30, 2011 - 29 answers

Jump-land from high cause rectum pain

I am male. When I jump down from a fence, why is there a sharp pain in my rectum? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 28, 2011 - 9 answers

Should we lease land for a solar farm?

Should we lease our land to a solar energy company? We were approached by a solar energy company that wants to lease 5 acres of our family (3 generations) land in Ontario, Canada for solar collectors. We are having some lawyers and other folks make recommendations and look over contracts, etc. What sort of things might we be missing? Will our neighbors hate us? In 10 years, what will make us say, "didn't see that coming?"
posted by I'm Doing the Dishes on Aug 14, 2011 - 16 answers

Could Native Americans own land in America in the years between 1700-1900?

Could Native Americans own land in America in the years between 1700-1900? [more inside]
posted by cda on Jul 26, 2011 - 12 answers

Masking my landline's outgoing number, with another phone number.

I just moved to a new part of the state, and had a landline telephone installed through my local telco. I asked if they could port my old number (123)-xxx-xxxx to my new landline, and they said my old number was not in the same "Rate Center". I confirmed that they were telling the truth based on this AskMeFi post. I have the option to enable call forwarding from my old number to my new landline, which takes care of incoming calls. Now I am turning to you, the hivemind, to find out how to dial out from my new landline, and have my old number, (123)-xxx-xxxx, show up on other peoples' caller ID. I've done some searching and found a bunch of convoluted VoIP setups that would achieve this solution for me, but I'm not that technical, and I don't want to have to dial a million numbers just to make a single phone call from my land-line. Does the hive mind have any simple solutions?
posted by WhereAmI on Jul 6, 2011 - 4 answers

Buying land now to build houses on later?

My cousin and I live in separate parts of the country currently, but we'd like to go in together on a 10+ acre piece of land roughly 30 minutes outside of St. Louis now with the intentions of both building on it several years down the road. What are we not considering? [more inside]
posted by wordsmith on Jun 5, 2011 - 20 answers

Are there any Pagan-friendly interfaith monasteries?

I’m a Pagan who wants to live a monastic life. Is there such a thing as an interfaith Earth-based monastery? [more inside]
posted by velvet winter on Mar 16, 2011 - 15 answers

Perennial favorites

What should I plant now to enjoy down the road? [more inside]
posted by ian1977 on Jan 14, 2011 - 22 answers

How to buy land in Ecuador safely

Hey, I'm an Aussie that wants to buy land or a house in Ecuador, is it safe, how do I protect myself, and where should I engage a solicitor for conveyancey - here or South America itself? (*asking for a family member).
posted by KLF on Dec 28, 2010 - 1 answer

This guy is whacked!

A guy chopped down some of my trees. He did it without an OK. Now he wants $1400. Help me figure my next step. [more inside]
posted by ecorrocio on Dec 21, 2010 - 30 answers

Advise on the purchase of UK freehold property ...

Tips and pointers needed for purchasing UK freehold land. [more inside]
posted by Mutant on Dec 12, 2010 - 5 answers

To buy or not to buy - that is the start of my question

Should I buy land with a tear-down house given my special snowflake details? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 24, 2010 - 14 answers

Cutting a tree on public land?

I've always wanted to cut my own Christmas tree....on public land. Legally. How do I find out whether and where I can do this? [more inside]
posted by Miko on Nov 11, 2010 - 11 answers

A New York Homestead

I've been idly dreaming about building a small house someday, something along the lines of the small houses (not the tiny ones) designed by Tumbleweed Tiny House Company. I'd like to know more about what this would entail in the area where I currently live. [more inside]
posted by ocherdraco on Aug 11, 2010 - 8 answers

Where's the Modern Hermit headed?

Looking for a place in the middle of nowhere with a big black horse and a cherry tree... [more inside]
posted by The otter lady on Jul 26, 2010 - 19 answers

Inheritance across state lines

I need help with my inheritance in another state... [more inside]
posted by medarby on Jun 26, 2010 - 4 answers

Where are these dragon-fin-esque hills?

Shot-in-the-dark-filter: On a recent flight going from L.A. to Denver, I noticed a very unusual landform, but I can't find it anywhere on google earth. Specifics within. [more inside]
posted by bjork24 on Jun 19, 2010 - 17 answers

Wanna buy a warehouse?

What information do I need to have at my fingertips to profitably negotiate the sale of a commercial rental property? Or should I even do it? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 15, 2010 - 8 answers

Plotting a plot.

We want to buy some land (in the UK) to build a house on but it's a minefield. (The process, not the field itself obviously.) [more inside]
posted by BadMiker on Feb 22, 2010 - 5 answers

Does Disney's Living with the Land produce actual research?

What research has "Living with the Land" at Disney's EPCOT actually produced? [more inside]
posted by fremen on Feb 10, 2010 - 11 answers

What are the terms and lease rates for cell tower sites?

What's the going rate and terms for leasing your land for a cell tower site and is there any ability to negotiate? [more inside]
posted by webelieve2.0 on Feb 7, 2010 - 9 answers

They want planning, they just don't know it yet.

Framing urban/regional planning as economic development, are there any great or just widely accepted numbers out there on this? [more inside]
posted by stormygrey on Feb 2, 2010 - 3 answers

Hope us get unencumbered.

How do liens on property work in Ontario (the Canadian one)? [more inside]
posted by liquado on Jan 28, 2010 - 4 answers

Free land?

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)? [more inside]
posted by ollyolly on Jan 26, 2010 - 6 answers

Good Idea or Not

Anyone know much about Quit Claim Deeds? [more inside]
posted by VC Drake on Jan 11, 2010 - 34 answers

Help me to find land for farming!

I am a farmer without a farm... What are my options of leasing some land for agriculture purposes? [more inside]
posted by Sentus on Jan 10, 2010 - 11 answers

Cob dream home part 1

Off-grid international real estate [more inside]
posted by TheOtherSide on Jan 7, 2010 - 5 answers

shouldn't a vacant lot be buildable?

Are there un-buildable lots? I have read up on a similar question but that was about how expensive the known-to-be-buildable lots are. My question is if I see a lot listed that is "virgin" vacant never had a srtucture on it, how likely is it that no one could build on it? [more inside]
posted by markhu on Dec 17, 2009 - 13 answers

Why am I paying property tax on land when I own a condo?

So confused! My county thinks we have a condo but we thought we have a single-family home (i.e. a free-standing house on land we own). Then why does my property tax bill show that we've been taxed for the land? [more inside]
posted by ObeyScient on Nov 24, 2009 - 11 answers

Oh give me land, lots of land under LA skies above...

Say I want to buy some cheap land in the Los Angeles area: where would I find such a listing online? [more inside]
posted by rileyray3000 on Nov 11, 2009 - 15 answers

Teach em how to fish and they'll give us better cities, or something

Calling all planners, public admin. types, adult education gurus and other smarty pants: I need to develop a training program or at least a strategy for developing a training program for further planning on the local level, put the hard parts. [more inside]
posted by stormygrey on Oct 23, 2009 - 10 answers

What can you see in satellite photos?

Satellite photos: what interesting features can be seen or measured in them (or other aerial photos), and where can I get a supply of images? [more inside]
posted by k. on Sep 30, 2009 - 12 answers

How is acreage measured on non-flat terrain?

Surveying 101: How is acreage measured on hilly ground? Is the acre a measure of the surface area of the ground, or of the area inside an imaginary box that is superimposed over the ground? [more inside]
posted by Orinda on Aug 18, 2009 - 11 answers

The best urban rehab projects

Seeking success stories of land decontamination and rehabilitation in urban areas. [more inside]
posted by amusem on Aug 3, 2009 - 17 answers

How to handoff cell to land line

I have two new iPhones. I also have a land line in my house. My cell signal in my house is poor at best. I like my land line so I'm going to keep it. I would like my cell phone to transfer to my land line when I'm home so I can get cell calls at home. I can't seem to find a product that will hand off my cell calls to my land line. Does such a thing exist?
posted by Thrillhouse on Jul 7, 2009 - 14 answers

How does a land contract work?

Is buying a home on land contract or as a lease option ever a good idea? [more inside]
posted by howrobotsaremade on Jul 7, 2009 - 6 answers

New residents of Seattle. Please help us choose a neighborhood to buy a house.

Seattle region filter: We are new residents of Seattle, from New Jersey, enjoying our exploration of this wonderful city. We are house-hunting and have narrowed down our choice of neighborhoods. Any opinions or advice? [more inside]
posted by valannc on Jun 30, 2009 - 20 answers

Inherited an acre of land. What should we do with it?

Inherited an acre of land. What should we do with it? [more inside]
posted by omegar on Jun 7, 2009 - 8 answers

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