Finding & Buying Your Place in the Country

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The trusted guide that Backwoods Home magazine calls ""the bible"" of buying rural property.

City dwellers and suburbanites who dream of a simpler life in the country will appreciate the Schers' straightforward explanations of the particulars of buying rural land. Everything is covered in these pages, from looking for property, through evaluating it and negotiating price, to the contract of sale. Important topics such as water and easement rights, zoning, and eminent domain are ...

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Overview

The trusted guide that Backwoods Home magazine calls ""the bible"" of buying rural property.

City dwellers and suburbanites who dream of a simpler life in the country will appreciate the Schers' straightforward explanations of the particulars of buying rural land. Everything is covered in these pages, from looking for property, through evaluating it and negotiating price, to the contract of sale. Important topics such as water and easement rights, zoning, and eminent domain are made clear. Sample legal forms and checklists provide the basics, and resource listings point to sources of regional and local information, including Internet sites. A special chapter discusses Canada's real estate market. Covering current property laws and financing options, this comprehensive resource offers insiders' knowledge on how to avoid common pitfalls and prevent costly mistakes.

Called the "bible" of rural property, Finding & Buying Your Place in the Country has already helped thousands, selling over 200,000 copies. Whether seeking temporary respite in a vacation home or a full-fledged relocation to a rural area, this consummate guide will help anyone avoid costly mistakes and get the best home for the money.

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When this book ( LJ 10/15/74) was first published, it became a definitive guide for the back-to-the-land movement. While most of the text of this new edition is substantially the same, there are also significant changes. Legal information has been brought up to date. There is also deeper coverage of alternate energy sources and technologies and of manufactured homes. Information about Canada has been expanded into a full chapter. The exhaustive lists of government agencies and information/publication sources have been expanded and updated. Numerous sample legal forms are still included. An eight-page reproducible property checklist summarizes the content for an actual search. Geared to the lay reader, this book covers every possible concern about land, buildings, and legal details in a complete and understandable way, including cooperative ownership agreements. While the hippies are gone, the electronic office that allows people to work from home and the growing number of retirees moving to the country make this a useful and relevant selection for both neophyte and experienced real estate buyers. This is highly recommended.-- Cheryl Childress, Collegiate Sch . , Richmond, Va.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780793141098
  • Publisher: Kaplan Publishing
  • Publication date: 9/18/2000
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 432
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Les and Carol Scher bought their country property in 1969, and have been adding to their acreage for more than 30 years.

Les Scher is an attorney specializing in rural real estate and property issues. He speaks at homebuying conferences nationwide.

Carol Scher is a writer and consumer advocate. Together they have helped hundreds of thousands of people buy the country property of their dreams.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Pt. I Looking for Land 1
Pt. II Checking Out the land 13
Pt. III The Land and the Law 105
Pt. IV Deciding on a Fair Price 203
Pt. V Financing Your Purchase 219
Pt. VI The Contract of Sale 271
Pt. VII Going Through Escrow 293
Pt. VIII Canada 351
Pt. IX Using a Lawyer 369
Pt. X Property Evaluation Checklist 375
Appendixes 387
App. A Real Estate Catalogs and Useful Magazines for the Country Property Owner 388
App. B Bureau of Land Management (BLM) State and District Offices 390
App. C Federal Lands for Sale 392
App. D Special Uses of the National Forests, Including Habitation for Summer Homes and Sale to the Public 394
App. E Federal Information Centers 395
App. F Alternative Energy Resources 397
Index 401
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