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Old 06-27-2013, 01:07 AM   #1
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How best to find a bit of land to purchase where we can live in our Airstream

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We are thinking of ways to buy a bit of land somewhere in Texas (we have relatives in Spring, Lake Whitney and Fort Worth), where we can put our Airstream when we're not on the road with it. I understand that in order to do this, we may need to buy a place with a small fixer-upper home on it, in order for the trailer to also be welcome. Ideally, we'll find a place with water, power and sewage already provided for. We'd likely then add a big roof to cover the Airstream, and a pad and patio underneath it. The existing house might be replaced with whatever is allowable: storage shed or barn, tiny house, whatever - we're not really interested in fixing up a fixer-upper, just don't want to pay much for a house we wouldn't use except to house guests.

So the question is, how do we look for such places?

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Old 06-27-2013, 02:34 AM   #2
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Might check out craigslist under 'parking and storage' in the Ft.Worth area!

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We're thinking similar thoughts, but we're also worried about vandalism, even in a rural location. We have friends with weekend properties who suffered break-ins and theft.

For now, we're keeping our AS in a locked and monitored storage facility when we're not using it.
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Old 06-27-2013, 05:13 AM   #4
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So the question is, how do we look for such places?
Contact a real estate agent in the area, and have them do the looking for you. Then you only have to go and look when they find a prospective place for you to check out.

All you'd have to do is give them your criteria, in as much detail as possible. They should be familiar with zoning requirements.

They will naturally try to hook you up first with people who are already listing their properties with that agent, but that's not necessarily a bad thing; it means that the agent's commission would be paid by the seller, not you.
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Old 06-27-2013, 05:14 AM   #5
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Craigslist is good, especially now since they have a map view. The first place that I look is It has decent search and sort functions. If you are curious about an area you can't beat driving around there. Some people just stick signs up by the road when they want to sell. Also you can talk to locals which could be helpful.

As for "cabin security", the rule that I follow is.. don't leave anything that you would not want to be stolen. The second thing that I do is.. don't lock it up. That is just an invitation for someone to break in. Third, post no trespassing signs and maybe a line or two of barbed wire. That won't stop them, but it will slow them down.
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Old 06-27-2013, 05:41 AM   #6
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I purchased an undeveloped lot through a tax sale. The previous owner ( I believed he passed) didn't pay the property taxes and the county put the lot on a county auction. The county that the property was in waited 7 years before putting the parcel on the auction block.
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Old 06-27-2013, 06:08 AM   #7
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We had the same idea, but wanted waterfront, only could find lots on inland lakes, or to many restrictions. Cheap lots had no appeal and the nice ones had to many restrictions. I am not a inland lake kind of guy anyway. Security was a big issue also, seems trailers are more of a target for break ins, easier to determine if the are unoccupied and very easy to break in.
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Old 06-27-2013, 06:39 AM   #8
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try these online real estate sites

or google search century 21

You can set parameters for a property search....#bedrooms, location, price range, # acres, etc
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I would also consider looking for a long term rental spot. I am not familiar with Texas, but I have friends that have a couple of RV spaces they will rent out, one of them the guy has been on it for over 4 years. He works heavy construction and came during a plant shut down. Liked the area so he left his big fiver here and uses a smaller TT when he has to travel.

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Quite close to Lake Whitney is Hillsboro, TX. In Hillsboro there's NTAC, the North Texas Airstream Community. You could buy a lot, a "villa" or a conventional home with a tall garage. It's gated, well-populated and would probably cost less than anything short of an undeveloped acre or two in the boonies. Another plus is that the association manages the grounds, I think. You have to be a WBCCI member, and there's a minimum residency age of 45.

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Old 06-27-2013, 10:09 AM   #12
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I did exactly what you want to do 7 years ago and still live on the property, 4 acres, that I bought then. I have since built a metal building that has a finished living room and kitchen. The metal building also houses my 31' Airstream Classic. Since I live in Texas, here are a few things that I hope will help you:

1. Property close to major metropolitan areas in Texas is too expensive, (for my budget). You will need to get at least 60 to 100 miles away from major cities to find affordable property with out restrictions. Rural property goes for $3-$4 in East Texas. (East Texas is consider any thing east of a line from Dallas to Houston.)

2. There are 2 Airstream "harbors" in Texas that can fill your needs also. One is south of Ft Worth in Hillsboro Texas, and one is in the mille of nowhere in East Texas and is is called "Airstream Harbor". It is about 2 hours north east of Houston on Sam Rayborn reservoir. I would have used eith of these if I had known about them prior to buying my 4 acres. The only draw back here, in my opinion, is that you will be in a "community" of other Airstream entusiast rather than a secluded spot "all to your self".

3. To find the property you are looking for, check with realators in the area you want to be. Also read the classified ads in local newspapers. I did all this but actually found my property by driving the county roads and found it with a "For Sale By Owner" sign on it. If you see a piece of property you like, but it does not appear to be for sale, stop at the neareast home and ask about it. You can also go to the county tax office, describe the location of the property and they can tell you who owns it.

4. As for the security issue, I did not have to deal with that because I moved on the property as soon as I bought it. Like in a previous post, don't leave valuable un-attended when not there.

Hope these thoughts help.
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Old 06-27-2013, 10:10 AM   #13
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I meant 3-4 thousand and acre in my previous post. Sorry.
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Old 06-27-2013, 10:12 AM   #14
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I too would recommend NTAC, if you meet the age requirements. At age 55 I was "the boy on the corner" there for a couple of winters.

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