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Cheap SHTF Property?

Discussion in 'Preparedness & Survival' started by cbzdel, Oct 11, 2010.

  1. cbzdel

    cbzdel Tacoma, WA Member

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    I have been thinking about looking into purchasing some CHEAP land. Off/On the grid I dont really care, I just want it to be out there, I would not hook it up to anything though. All I want is out in the woods away from the citys, close to a water source would be nice, could be river or lake, within a mile or two at the max.

    Is it possible to get something like this for a couple thousand bucks. Not looking for acreage, just somehting small.

    Seems like all cheap land comes with crazy restrictions or something, like you have to buy into a golf course that located 50 miles away :confused:

    I have tried talking to several real estate agents, but when I say I am looking for CHEAP land, they pretty much turn their noses as they will make next to nothing on the commission I guess.
     
  2. The Cheese

    The Cheese somewhere special Member

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    google for real estate in out of the way areas. Thats the first thing to do. The more remote often means more cheaper. Just make sure that what ever or where ever you look, that it has roads going in. Or at least some sort of jeep trail. If not it might be a bit of a PITA. But I think you might have a hard time finding what you seek. People still want a lot for property, even with the downturn in the economy and the bottom falling out. But you should also check on bank foreclosures. Some can be had for cheep.
     
  3. gettersideways

    gettersideways PNW New Member

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    Are you planning on building on it or is it just a place to reside if shtf? Because I'm not to sure, but if shtf I doubt people will care if you "own" that property, they might just kill you to claim it.

    Unless you fortify it somehow?
     
  4. Martini_Up

    Martini_Up NW USA Well-Known Member

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  5. 8ball

    8ball WA Quit talkin' and start chalking!

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    I've looked in WA and there isn't much at that price point apart from small lots in rural developments. You really want to be well away from the I90 and I5 corridors, and away from Mt Rainier.

    Redfin will let you do a statewide search for land only below $100k. Here's a link with recent listings.

    http://www.redfin.com/search#!lat=4...me_on_market_range=30-&uipt=5&v=5&zoomLevel=8

    There are a few sub $10k lots. Here is a $1500 quarter acre on Lake Limerick.

    0 Dartmoor Dr Lot 88+, Shelton, WA 98584 | MLS# 133408

    None of it really qualifies as 'away in the woods' unless you are willing to buy a few acres.
     
  6. Bazooka Joe

    Bazooka Joe Lower Yakima Valley Well-Known Member

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    The John L Scott website's search tools cover a lot of ground. Go into the advanced options to change the default from homes and condos to land and farm. Put in your top price and pick a few counties and go from there.
     
  7. dobanion

    dobanion North Portland, Oregon Member

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    I got 3.5 acres near Sprague River myself. Trying to sell at $7000. Will take guns or car as trade.
     
  8. mxitman

    mxitman N. Seattle Member

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    Yea, check on craigslist. real estate I just went and visited some land yesterday in Eastern WA. I checked out 3 lots with nothing I was interested in. Here's a cheap one; I didn't look at this one as I'm looking for water, but you could drill a well or rain catch and get solar/wind power and pull a trailer out there and be set.

    20 acres

    I look for ones being sold by owner, can get a better cash deal.
     
  9. wwkii

    wwkii gilchrist oregon Active Member

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    cabin in central oregon check out my listing
     
  10. wwkii

    wwkii gilchrist oregon Active Member

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  11. gjohnson

    gjohnson Lake Oswego Member

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    Property in Alaska :)
     
  12. bush pilot

    bush pilot On the edge Member

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    Check my post - I have a 12 acres for sale.
    Badger mountain - 25 miles from Wenatchee.
    3200 feet elevation. 2 miles from well.
    All gated.
    Can give you owner financing - no agents- no extra money from your pocket.
    You can subdivided for 2 separate parcels and sell one if you want to.
    Pm me for more info.
     
  13. coctailer

    coctailer Portland, OR/Hastings, MI/Vancouver,WA I run with scissors.

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    bush pilot e-mailed me the pics and info on his property.

    Looks pretty sweet. If I had the cash, I would jump on this. Great BOL.

    That is just from the pics. You definitely need to go check your prospects out in person to see if they will work for your needs.
     
  14. Partsproduction

    Partsproduction Tillamook Oregon Active Member

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    My wife and I have been talking about it too, just room for a Luscombe to land, maybe a 4WD road for heavy stuff. Water would be pretty needful. We were talking for a while about the Christmas valley area, being in our 60's we have to think about our health, but everyone out there has lifeflight insurance.

    People are starting to buy into the "recovery" BS, we don't buy it.
     
  15. bush pilot

    bush pilot On the edge Member

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    """recovery""-??
    It will takes years if that- our kids will be paying for that .
    America want a change now they do for years and years to come.
    Time to get out of town.
     
  16. 8ball

    8ball WA Quit talkin' and start chalking!

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    Unless you have access to an aircraft, how do you get to a SHTF property in the Cascades from the metro Seattle area? Surely I90 bridges and the mountain pass will become instant chokepoints.

    Even Boeing Field would be a stretch if it was something sudden.
     
  17. Martini_Up

    Martini_Up NW USA Well-Known Member

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    Flying by Ultralight :thumbup:
     
  18. Partsproduction

    Partsproduction Tillamook Oregon Active Member

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    Not me, not across those mountains. I have a Kitfox, but I learned the hard way that just because a plane stalls at 20 MPH that doesn't mean you won't get hurt or killed if the engine quits.

    I suffer every day from a crushed vertebra incurred while test flying a friend's ultralight, the engine quit and I hit a fence that I had just been about to cross, when I hit the ground on the other side of that 8' high airport fence my back was broken. I for one will never again fly a two stroke across the Cascade mountains, no way!
     
  19. 8ball

    8ball WA Quit talkin' and start chalking!

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    I have a friend who lives in the Central District (!) with a plane at Boeing Field. I bet I could make it to his house, but you'd have to fight every inch of the way to get to Boeing Field during a real SHTF crisis.

    If it was a big quake, I think it would be just about impossible to get there.
     
  20. parallax

    parallax eugene, or-gun Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    I wanted to throw this out,, hope its not to off course of this thread.
    what about a 22 to 28 foot travel trailer with flipped axles and a 4x4.?
    you could pretty much set up a homestead anywhere you could tow the trailer to. ive had mine 50 miles into the wilderness on dirt roads in the past.
    also with some solar panels, and or generator and a water source you would pretty much be home. also still have the ability to go mobile if nessesary.
    15 years ago i used to do logging in the mountains and most the crew pulled trailers. sometimes we would stay in the woods for weeks at a time.
    we had water barrels and would go to town once every 2 weeks to get 50 gallons of potable water and groceries.. seemed possible we could have sustained endlessly.
    no one from the forest service or b.l.m. ever bothered us about camping.
    ,,Bonus,, you wouldnt even have to buy any land going this route. just my 2 cents worth.