Ranch Land Buys? What is the catch?

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    Ranch Land Buys? What is the catch?

    I hope I am doing this correctly...lurker from pbb, but glad to have this place...

    Wife and I are just outside Cleveland and are looking at acreage in the western part of the country. Am I missing something with these 40 acre parcels that are part of a "ranch"? I have asked realtors and I feel like I must be missing something as they are listed for 20k give or take...but it seems like you own the property outright without any obligation. Some of them are off grid, some are connected to water, electricity, etc.

    what am I missing?

    Thanks

    #2
    You need to go to one of these "ranches". What your missing is it's usually in the middle of nothefuckwhere, off grid and scarce water. I can buy miles of desert off I10 east of El Paso Tx for pennies per acre. It sounds like a great deal until your out there in the middle of BFE looking at miles of nothing in all directions. Where does your food, fuel, EMS/Fire ect come from? Employment in BFE?

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      #3
      Post an example listing.

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        #4
        Not familiar with them, I can see if a developer bought the whole thing and then builds a subdivision on the more desirable parts, selling the fringes off independently.

        If it’s going to remain a working ranch, they may keep the rights to run cattle on it, lease out hunting rights to someone else, keep the mineral rights, etc. The cost of putting in any utilities and a road that can be driven in wet weather may be astronomical.

        If you just just want to truck in water and gas and live off solar/generator it might work out ok for you.

        One other thing, don’t get caught up on having “x” amount of acres. 40 acres of land that you can’t grow shit on isn’t worth much unless you’re putting in a factory or parking lot. I’d rather have 5-10 acres of good land that backs up to a river, state owned land, or large ranch/plantation in most cases.
        Last edited by Gatorgrizz27; 05-24-2020, 09:24 PM.

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          #5
          I have a bridge I'll sell you.
          Hey, don't lob factual statements at me as if they're insults

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            #6
            Around Big Bend it might actually be pretty.

            https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/2...80129273_zpid/

            On the other hand, this one looks like a shit hole.

            https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/S...0174945_zpid/?
            Last edited by Gatorgrizz27; 05-24-2020, 07:37 PM.

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              #7
              Like said, you're out past the middle of bfe. I run W Tx and while its no big deal in a semi to spend a few hrs passing through, as much as I love being away from stuff, I dont want to be 2hrs from pretty much everything.

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                #8
                Originally posted by Gatorgrizz27 View Post
                Around Big Bend it might actually be pretty.

                https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/2...80129273_zpid/

                On the other hand, this one looks like a shit hole.

                https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/S...0174945_zpid/?
                Exactly what I was talking about....

                I work in that area frequently. It is absolutely gorgeous out there..... BUT its BFE to the extreme. Alpine, Tx would be the closest major city and it isn't "major" by any means. Not to mention you will have illegals and border patrol all over the place out there. I'll be right back, I've got lots of pics of that area...

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                  #9
                  There's all sorts of different land "deals" out there. Just make sure you review the deed and know what your getting. You may not get mineral rights, water are sometimes tricky out west, grazing rights, easements, you name it there's an exception for it. Also make sure you can access the land and that its free and clear of taxes and claims. I once had someone try to sell me land that turned out to be on an indian reservation.

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                    #10
                    Here is one example...not so interested in land flip.com but the idea/ listing of this had me wondering...

                    https://www.landflip.com/land/59770

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                        #12
                        Originally posted by Pukemaggots View Post
                        I have a bridge I'll sell you.
                        The bridge on my property is rotting out...how much?

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                          #13
                          Its takes about 5-7 acres of land per cow out there to keep them fed. Ranchers buy land by the square out there to cattle ranch. No crop is going to grow out there either. Basicly useless. But it is pretty though.

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                            where are those from? spectacular!

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                              #15
                              Also, every time you leave the Terlingulia area you have to go through a border patrol checkpoint. It's not a big deal unless the dog makes a mistake and barks at your vehicle. Ask me how I know....

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