Country Property Dirt Cheap

How I Found My Piece of Inexpensive Rural Landů

Plus My Adventures with a $300 Junk/Antique Tractor

Author: Ralph C. Turner

Publisher: Index Legalis Publishing Company Inc.


Ralph Turner was a 46 year old Computer Technical writer, and he wanted to stay near Springfield Iowa to be near his aging parents in case they needed anything. He also wanted to have a place where he could experience the solitude he had learned that he loved. The book chronicals his experiences learning how to find a piece of rural land cheaply. After he sucessfully found his piece of land, he thought about writing a "How To" book about buying inexpensive rural land. Fortunately for us, he decided to present the information in the form of a first hand account of his experiences.

The author details a number of techniques of finding sellers without the need to use a broker. He also explains why so many owners are reluctant to break up a large parcel of land and he details a number of ways around that problem. His solutions are both simple and practical. They ranged from attending rural auctions to get the word out to folks that he was looking for land, and even his deciding to forego his own barber in town and get his haircuts at the barbers out in the areas where he was looking for land.

Along the way, Turner manages to find an old Farmall H and buy it for $300, even before he has found his land. We later hear that he has even joined a tractor restoration club. We are also treated to the detailed description of how he was able to move an old summer kitchen to his property to serve as little cabin.

As I am currently in the midst of looking for inexpensiver rural property myself, as well as totally enamored of antique tractors, I found this book most enjoyable. I would recommend it for anyone who is looking to buy rural land, or who simply appreciates good writing.




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