Recommended Reading…

Posted: April 29, 2007 in books, goal, goals, life, long range plans, Me, misc

Country Property Dirt Cheap: How I Found my Piece of Inexpensive Rural Land…Plus my Adventures with a $300 junk tractor. Ralph C. Turner. Fairfield, Iowa: Legalis Publishing Comp., 1996.

This book is an excellent and quick read- I finished it in one day. Although not directly suited to my purpose, the book contains great advice on finding a small acreage (8-12) property in the country.

Most of all the book made me feel even better about our opportunities- as the writer repeatedly commented on how much easier his search would have been if he was looking to buy 40 or more acres of land. Wouldn’t you know it, that is what we are looking to do.

The author has a flowing and folksy writing style, that doesn’t get bogged down with too much technical real estate jargon- and footnotes are provided in the rare instances where technical terms occur. This book is in many ways much more than a book about how to buy property cheap, it is the author’s life story- his dreams and aspirations for a place in the country since his boyhood.

I highly recommend this book for anyone looking to purchase land in the country.

  1. the Grit says:

    Hi t,

    If you want to consider moving, farm land in Tennessee is probably cheaper than where ever you live 🙂 Unfortunately for us, the city is steadily encroaching on our rural existence, with ever growing property taxes. From this you can learn to locate as far from a major city as possible.

    As to the $300 tractor, or any tractor that is out of warranty, you’ll quickly find that a necessary skill for farming is fixing the tractor. Even if you can afford to pay a mechanic to come out and make it run again, at times just the delay in getting it moving can cost big bucks. Fortunately, even for a klutz like me, it’s not that difficult. For some reason though, it seems like every part that needs to be replaced requires a different tool to accomplish the task. By the way, you’ll also need a large tool box.

    the Grit

  2. We are actually looking at land in Wyoming at this time.

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