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This entry is part 4 of 6 in the series Buying Land in Alabama

In the last installment of Buying Rural Property in Alabama, I talked about a number of factors to consider when determining if a property is even worth visiting. In this article I want to cover my five favorite free online tools you can use when evaluating those factors.

Tools to Help You in Your Quest

These are the online tools that I have found to be absolutely essential to evaluating property both prior to a visit and during the due diligence phase. It is amazing to me how much information can be amassed in a few minutes with these tools. I often found myself teaching the listing brokers about their property during my initial inquiries as a result of these tools. Continue Reading…

This entry is part 1 of 1 in the series The Pond Saga

When we originally started talking about buying rural land, Leigh’s first request was that there be some water on the property. Actually, the formal petition included a pond, a lake or a stream. It didn’t take long for us to discover what most landowners already knew: water on the property seriously increases the value of land. I guess we were kind of aware of that from the beginning, but I had no idea just how much the price would skyrocket with a little of the wet stuff.

Building a pond on rural land.

The other major issue that we found with creeks, streams and lakes is that they are typically floodplain-adjacent. You can’t imagine how close we came to being stuck with a beautiful 22-acre pasture featuring hundreds of feet of creek bank flowing a mere 100 yards to the main channel of the Coosa River. Of course, the broker didn’t bother to tell us that the entire thing was located deep within the 100-year floodplain. Needless to say, contracts were shredded, and the Lord was thanked for the bullet we dodged. Armed with this knowledge, we decided that a pond might be the best compromise to meet our aquatic ambitions. Continue Reading…