How To Buy Land in Northern Arizona? Frequently Asked Questions

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This blog post lists frequently asked questions about rural land, links you to the answers, and lets you ask an expert any other thing you want to know about land.  It details how to start the process, what kind of land to choose, who can help, how to evaluate the land it. Comprehensive Map of Our Listings.

Frequently Asked Questions About Rural Land

  1. Why Buy Rural Land?  What are the advantages to owning rural land?  This blog post looks at the pros and cons of buying rural land, its cost, its potential, and its challenges.
  2. What Kind of Land Do You Want? This post lets you know what you need to think about to begin the process of buying rural land. 
  3. Who Can Help Me Buy Northern Arizona Land?  This post describes the difference between agents who sell houses and those who sell land.  Land agents know land and how to manage the challenges involved.
  4. What Do I Need to Know about Water For Rural Arizona Land? This article details basic facts about water availability in different areas of Northern Arizona.How Can I Install Power on My Rural Arizona Land?  This post looks at the practicality and costs of tying to the grid and installing alternative power on rural land.
  5. How to Understand Soil in Northern Arizona Land?  This blog post explains the mysteries of the perc test, expansive and compressive soils and implications for septic systems, gardens, wells, and finding a building site.
  6. Pine Lake View of Ponderosa Pines
  7. How to Fund Your Northern Arizona Land? Banks rarely lend on vacant land so how can you pay for it?

Important things to Know When Buying Northern Arizona Land?

  •  Be sure to hire a land specialist to help you with your purchase.
  •  Elevation is the key to climate, vegetation, and type of view.
  •  Well water is pretty readily available from Kingman to the edge of Mohave County west of Seligman but past the Aquarius Mountains on the border of Mohave and Yavapai Counties heading east it is uncertain whether or not you may find water if you drill.  Some communities have drilled extremely deep wells, 2,000 plus feet deep ($150K+) and function on a shared well agreement where you can "haul water".  Other parcels rely on water delivery because their community may not have water or may not have made arrangements for shared water service.
  • Mineral Rights are generally held by either the Railroad or by the original Rancher on most properties in this area. You can apply to purchase your mineral rights, but the process is approx a 2 year adventure and there are no guarantees.
  • Water Rights - in Arizona you have the "right" to use your water acquired on your proeprty for your use.  Verify that you have the ability to drill a well in your area and you are likely good to go for domestic water on your property and for agreicultural use ON your property.  For a fabulous history lesson, look into Arizona water history. 
  •  Much of the Rural Zoning is AR36 (Agricultural/Residential) with minimum sized parcels of 36 acres).  Some areas allow properties to be split and some don't.

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John Mosier
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Elise Harron -- Thanks for the very well-written and informative FAQ article.

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