Living out in the country may seem like the ideal dream home. But rural property may not be a good choice for your first starter home. Land requires a lot of time and effort to maintain, and property upkeep can turn into a full-time job. Living “off the grid” is quite a challenging lifestyle because you are completely independent from standard utilities.
Unless you’re familiar with country living, you may not be adequately prepared. Rural life may not meet your expectations; and once you buy a home, you can’t “undo” it easily. Before you move to a new area, or make a major lifestyle change (like moving to a rural area) it would be best to try it out first by renting a home for a while and make sure this new lifestyle suits you.
Read more in our book, "Buy Your First Home", http://tinyurl.com/nrvmgc7.