Casie Becker wrote:How small do you want to hear? I only have half an acre in a subdivision, but if felt like a miraculous event to me. It will never be a full fledged farm, but it is a foothold where I can make real changes in how I impact the world.
Kyrt Ryder wrote:
Are you set on this region? It's very expensive here compared to some others [but it is a favorable climate and I'm not planning to leave.]
As to finding the land you're looking for, can you give me a size bracket? My own target of over 100 acres is very different from... say... 20 acres which is also quite different from 4.
Also, are you picky about topography? I actually prefer to have plentiful slope to the land to move water around.
Dylan Gillies wrote:Hey man, you talking graham, wa? Outside of Tacoma? Just had to look it up, not familiar with it...
For me, I'd love 100 acres, plenty of room to expand and add neighbors, but I'd settle for 5acres too..all depends on the land. Yes, I'm down with mixed topo for sure. I gotta have my gravity fed water! Or maybe at least a water ram...
I'm actually tryina get out of Washington, I'm sick of the clouds and drizzle. I'd love Sonoma, Santa Cruz, mendo county. I'd love having 200+days of sun. I'd deeply consider NE oly pen too..
Casie Becker wrote:Getting the house I have is more due to my mother's skill than my own. I was in an apartment and slowly building savings with the thought that one day far down the line I would be paying for a small house and property with cash. Life happened, and I got custody of my two nieces. Apartment living is all well and good for a single woman in the city, but it's no way to raise growing children. They need freedom to make some noise and a yard to run in. My mother (who has realtor training) starting taking me to local house listings that I could afford the payment for. It was looking like I was going to make some compromises to get a property that was 'good enough'. Then she saw the listing for this house. They included a picture, but listed the wrong address. She'd seen this house on the market before and recognized it so was able to actually locate the physical house. It was a HUDD foreclosure incompletely remodeled with a few repairs needed and outside my budget. One side of the house has a huge old tree almost against the foundation, and the other side has obvious evidence of foundation work. Despite all that, it had a large yard (1/2 acre is great in a city) lot's of square footage, new roof, and large shed, in a fantastic school zone from elementary to high school and in well established family neighborhood. She asked me to come look at it, and I agreed that if felt right. Despite being well below the listing price we submitted an offer. HUDD declined it, if they can't meet a certain minimum sell they are legally required to sell the home to a charity for one dollar. Our first offer was too low. We made arrangements for inspections to confirm the house was structurally sound and submitted another offer, which was accepted.
In the end we got the house for about half the price of comparable properties in the area (and less than ten dollars of over the minimum that could be legally accepted by HUDD) because there was the illusion of foundation problems. It's very close to limestone quarry, built directly on bed rock. When we had the structural engineer come out he said one corner of the house was five inches higher than it should have been. This was the side where the garage had been converted into a second living area. Rather than building a subfloor, they called out a foundation company who raised that corner of the house to make it level. Because of that one error everyone else (who could find the house under the wrong address) was afraid to take a risk on this house. There's no way I could have afforded this house otherwise. I am still blown away every time I think about the fact that this is mine. I even like the fact that it needed some serious repairs. I know that even though I'm not mechanically adept, I've improved the property more than I've hurt it.
Dylan Gillies wrote:Devin, yea I have considered east of the cascades. If I found a nice piece with water I'd definitely consider. When did you find your land? Any pics?
Dylan Gillies wrote:Travis, that's pretty awesome.It seems like A lot of people with family farms have no interest in it.. your ancestors are proud!