I inherited the small under 100 acre family ranch, but I do have an opinion for you. Buy now. We have no idea what the future holds. Get a small starter property that you can pay cash for now. This doesn't need to be the place of your dreams, but if the bottom falls out, you will have a place to call your own to go to and garden, maybe raise some small farm animals. Buy something that is fairly easy to drive to from where you are currently living and working, no more than about 3 hours. You can place a mobile home to live in if there is no house. Our place is over 100 years old and there were no livable buildings. They had all been trashed. We started with one building about 200 sq ft to get livable that was 3 walls, no doors, no windows, no roof. It was just a shell, but now it's charming accommodation that we stay in. Start small, you can always move up if the economy cooperates. Drive country roads to find seemingly abandoned properties where the grown kids moved away with no intention of living in the country. Try to buy a couple of acres around a house. I see such places all the time. Watch the TV rehab shows to believe that any place can be restored to a livable state. I would buy a property that is income producing such as grazing, agriculture, hunting, fishing, where other people pay you. Good luck! You won't regret making a decision to go ahead now and buy land. Start small, practice permaculture, don't fall in love with the property, then move on if you want to.