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Looking For Land #5382157 10/27/14 04:10 PM
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I have decided I want to start looking for a place of my own. I have never gone through this process so I am looking for some guidance from THF folks. Not sure where I want to look, but I know I would like something from 50-200 acres, undeveloped hunting property.

Can anyone suggest a website, broker or agent that I could look into to potentially find a piece of property?

Thanks in advance

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Where are you looking to buy? What kind of improvements as far as water or electricity?



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Check out landsoftexas.com

Re: Looking For Land [Re: Hunter11] #5382471 10/27/14 06:19 PM
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you need to nail down a budget, which will determine acreage size and then location/locations that you prefer

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I'm a agent out of Bonham. What part of the world you looking to buy in?


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looking to spend no more than $200K. I would ultimately like to look north and northwest and within 4 hours of North Houston but no opposed to going out a little further for the right deal.

Thanks

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Originally Posted By: Hunter11
looking to spend no more than $200K. I would ultimately like to look north and northwest and within 4 hours of North Houston but no opposed to going out a little further for the right deal.

Thanks


It's doable but your gonna be closer to 50 acres than 200 with that budget

Contact an agent and tell him what your looking for

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would like to have water and electric and perimeter fencing. House/cabin fine but if not, plan on building own small cabin. Just looking for a small place for the family (Wife and 3 boys) to have for many years to come.

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TT85, I realize that my acreage will go down with price I am willing to pay. Just looking around and maybe find that needle in a haystack??

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Originally Posted By: Hunter11
would like to have water and electric and perimeter fencing. House/cabin fine but if not, plan on building own small cabin. Just looking for a small place for the family (Wife and 3 boys) to have for many years to come.


That's gonna jump the price

I sold a guy a place in real county this year with a cabin,electric no well.

53 acres for around $150k but that's about 5-6 hours from Houston

Land sales is like this; you either build it yourself or buy what's on the market, you can't walk up to a window and order up a ranch or farm you take what's out there or you build it or you don't get a place

To be honest, $200k is not a large budget and its gonna limit your choices pretty good

Is this a cash buy or finance?

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I totally understand...I am trying to learn as I go since I have never done this before. This would be an all cash purchase. I know I will be limited on the size of place within that budget, especially if it has any improvements whatsoever. I am just looking for advice and and where to turn to so I can do my research. If it isn't possible, I will just have to continue leasing and saving.

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My advice would be to talk to a lender and increase your budget

Land is not getting cheaper and interest rates are low
Buy a bigger piece and sell off what you don't want to trim the fat

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Thanks, I may end up doing that. Thanks so much for the info.

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You need to look everyday on craigslist for a fsbo. Don't skip a day and get your financing in order. A deal will come up every 6 months but if its a deal it will go quick. Start looking at properties even if they don't fit your criteria 100%. You will see whats out there and what is most important to you. Im not opposed to realtors I just don't like paying retail for anything. Pm if you have any questions.


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Im not opposed to realtors I just don't like paying retail for anything. Pm if you have any questions.



a buyers agent dosent' cost you anything and if they are worth a darn they know of property for sale that is not on the open market, in the thrifty nickel or on craigslist

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Sign up with txtrophy85 to represent you. Give him a reasonable time to find you what you want. I can assure you that you will be much better off with a competent and honest agent working for you. You have a much higher likelihood of finding what you want within your budget, get help with financing, and assist you putting a contract together. There are properties not "on the market" that you'll never see without an experienced agent's knowledge of the market. Or you can waste a bunch of time and neglect what you do for a living and still never find anything. Just my opinion.

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"a buyers agent dosent' cost you anything"

That right there is a crock of steaming bs

If a realtor is involved on either side there is a 3-6% mark up in price.

PLUS, most realtors will gently nudge you to THEIR listed properties. They have a 3% incentive to do that. What the pro realtor guys say is true that some places aren't listed. But the good deals won't be shown to the average joe. They keep pocket buyer (buddies), OR if they're successful enough, they snap up the best deals themselves.

Sorry to be a Debbie downer but those are the facts, and I have no financial reason to spread a line of BS.

Your first and most important step is to do research yourself. Start with EVERYTHING. Landsoftexas.com, Texasrealestatemagazine.com, newspapers, craigslist, realtor flyers, etc.

That's how you'll find what you want and where you want it. And most importantly you'll learn for yourself what is a good deal in the area you nail it down to.

The advice they've given on buying more with cheap financing is sound. Just make sure you can service the note. Fed land bank and farm credit banks are the best but your second step (can be done simultaneously with the first) is shop for cheap money.

Good luck and don't ever let someone with a financial interest in your bidness blow smoke up ur tookuss. up

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You can get land for a little over $1000 an acre in liberty county from the lumber companies.

It'll be accessed via easement and if you want to put a real house on it, probably not suitable. Just pointing out that you can get a lot of land for 200k if you're will to put in the time to make it nicer.

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You should also get out in the area your interested in buying in and talk to people. I went and looked a property last fall that was listed with a realtor. I liked the property so started doing some research on it which means I'm talking to all the neighboring property owners for info. I learned some things that the realtor told me were not correct, but more important I was given a tip about another property owned by a widow from dallas. I closed on that property a month later.


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Originally Posted By: therancher
"a buyers agent dosent' cost you anything"

That right there is a crock of steaming bs

If a realtor is involved on either side there is a 3-6% mark up in price.

PLUS, most realtors will gently nudge you to THEIR listed properties. They have a 3% incentive to do that. What the pro realtor guys say is true that some places aren't listed. But the good deals won't be shown to the average joe. They keep pocket buyer (buddies), OR if they're successful enough, they snap up the best deals themselves.

Sorry to be a Debbie downer but those are the facts, and I have no financial reason to spread a line of BS.

Your first and most important step is to do research yourself. Start with EVERYTHING. Landsoftexas.com, Texasrealestatemagazine.com, newspapers, craigslist, realtor flyers, etc.

That's how you'll find what you want and where you want it. And most importantly you'll learn for yourself what is a good deal in the area you nail it down to.

The advice they've given on buying more with cheap financing is sound. Just make sure you can service the note. Fed land bank and farm credit banks are the best but your second step (can be done simultaneously with the first) is shop for cheap money.

Good luck and don't ever let someone with a financial interest in your bidness blow smoke up ur tookuss. up


I don't know who you were doing business with in the past but you have been jaded pretty bad

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Originally Posted By: txtrophy85
Originally Posted By: therancher
"a buyers agent dosent' cost you anything"

That right there is a crock of steaming bs

If a realtor is involved on either side there is a 3-6% mark up in price.

PLUS, most realtors will gently nudge you to THEIR listed properties. They have a 3% incentive to do that. What the pro realtor guys say is true that some places aren't listed. But the good deals won't be shown to the average joe. They keep pocket buyer (buddies), OR if they're successful enough, they snap up the best deals themselves.

Sorry to be a Debbie downer but those are the facts, and I have no financial reason to spread a line of BS.

Your first and most important step is to do research yourself. Start with EVERYTHING. Landsoftexas.com, Texasrealestatemagazine.com, newspapers, craigslist, realtor flyers, etc.

That's how you'll find what you want and where you want it. And most importantly you'll learn for yourself what is a good deal in the area you nail it down to.

The advice they've given on buying more with cheap financing is sound. Just make sure you can service the note. Fed land bank and farm credit banks are the best but your second step (can be done simultaneously with the first) is shop for cheap money.

Good luck and don't ever let someone with a financial interest in your bidness blow smoke up ur tookuss. up


I don't know who you were doing business with in the past but you have been jaded pretty bad


You know who taught me those lessons. You defended him. Thought his methods were legit.

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I defend no one or any ones methods.

I defend what is right over wrong, no matter who it is.

Has there been some shady real estate deals that have took place? absolutely. But every time someone asks about buying land its all "don't trust the realtor, its better to go it alone"

I would venture a guess that 90% of all rural land sold in texas has at least one broker involved. if they were so bad, they would cease to exist.

More people get screwed by not using one that those that do.

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Not everyone has the time, experience, or knowledge that you have therancher. Brokers/agents exist for a reason. That is to provide knowledge and guidance to those that need it or don't have the time to devote to finding what they want. Should they work for free? There are crooks and unethical people in every business. There are also honest hard working people in every business. Just because you got screwed doesn't mean you need paint everyone with such a broad brush. Do you think Hunter11 is familiar with ranch properties 4 hrs from where he lives? Probably not. If someone can find him what he wants and save him time and work, that is worth something. And no, I'm not a broker or agent and I don't even play one on TV. I am however staying at a Holiday In Express next week. smile

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Originally Posted By: txtrophy85
I defend no one or any ones methods.

I defend what is right over wrong, no matter who it is.

Has there been some shady real estate deals that have took place? absolutely. But every time someone asks about buying land its all "don't trust the realtor, its better to go it alone"

I would venture a guess that 90% of all rural land sold in texas has at least one broker involved. if they were so bad, they would cease to exist.

More people get screwed by not using one that those that do.


I agree with TT. Every industry has crooks and worthless people that work in them. That is why you check references. Unless you are knowledgeable on the land, do your research extensively, have contacts, or have deep pockets, I would hire someone that knows the business and can get you in contact with the right people. So many people attempt to do things that others do for a living. The way I look at it, most people don't realize they didn't do as well as they thought they did..until they see what the professional side of it can do. But as long as they keep their blinders on, they are happy with what they have.


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