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Old 11-29-2021, 11:54 AM   #1
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Default Looking to buy a ranch/land 2-3 hours from Houston

I've scoured every resource I can get my hands on but haven't found the right place just yet. Please let me know what you have or know of.
Some priorities, ranked:
At least 30 acres
House preferable
Pond/lake a huge plus
2-3 hours from Houston with preference in the Piney Woods.

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Old 11-29-2021, 11:56 AM   #2
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I know its not 30 acres but my parents have 12 acres with a nice house, pond and barn for sale in Crockett
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Old 11-29-2021, 11:56 AM   #3
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I've scoured every resource I can get my hands on but haven't found the right place just yet. Please let me know what you have or know of.
Some priorities, ranked:
At least 30 acres
House preferable
Pond/lake a huge plus
2-3 hours from Houston with preference in the Piney Woods.

Thanks everyone.
I just missed a good one in Centerville....44 acres, pond, house, shop, etc.....
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Old 11-29-2021, 12:00 PM   #4
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Cash or Finance?


The cool thing about acreage at that size is if it has an existing home and it appraises to a certain ratio against the land you can go with a traditional mortgage which if you went the entire 30 years you would save six figures in interest.


Nancy with Navasota Realty (The owner) is the person we use for all of our properties (we flip from time to time). Most knowledgeable person I have ever met in the industry. She can look at a property in 10 minutes and put a price on any and every improvement made on the property to see if they are asking to much on the "raw" land. Also, they work weekends unlike most country realtors.

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Old 11-29-2021, 12:02 PM   #5
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Call DBL reality in Madisonville and see what they have
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Old 11-29-2021, 12:04 PM   #6
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You may have already found the site, but www.TXLS.com is pretty good. LandsOfTexas.com is also good, but I have found unique listings on TXLS. Their map search works well and has good filters.
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Old 11-29-2021, 12:22 PM   #7
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This will be a cash purchase. My dad sold his business and is looking for a place.
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Old 11-29-2021, 01:35 PM   #8
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100 acres just north of Flatonia tx just hit the market. Has two good tanks but house. PM me and I can give you more info.
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Old 11-29-2021, 02:06 PM   #9
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Good luck. Everyone and their friends are looking for land now. Escaping the city
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Old 11-29-2021, 07:11 PM   #10
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What is the budget? Try looking in Tyler county, Nacogdoches, San Augustine or Sabine. Still in that 2-3 hour drive and away from the hustle and bustle. It's still piney woods too
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Old 11-29-2021, 11:38 PM   #11
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Har.com is a good site. I used it to find my property. I saved a few searches and whenever new listing that met my criteria came to the market I would get emails.
In this market you have to be patient and keep an eye on those listings.

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Old 11-30-2021, 06:18 AM   #12
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Old 11-30-2021, 06:41 AM   #13
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Good luck. Everyone and their friends are looking for land now. Escaping the city

Truth.
We lived 6 miles down a dirt county road on the Walker Grimes county line near Bedias. Hardly ever saw people. Now itís busy and big ranches split into ranchettes. The Aussie who bought our old place bought the 80 acres next door and renovated my old cedar cabin and the main house into rentals, dug a lake where I used to graze cattle and deer hunt, and added tiny homes for further rentals. The country is filling up.

OP, I hope you find the place of your dreams. Itís out there, but getting difficult to secure nowadays


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Old 11-30-2021, 07:18 AM   #14
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You will appreciate the two hours much better than the three of you can swing it. Nothing wrong with a dirt road but the dirt road. If you can get off of a FM road it should be quieter than a main highway. Good luck.
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Old 11-30-2021, 07:16 PM   #15
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Old 12-03-2021, 03:54 PM   #16
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Old 12-03-2021, 03:59 PM   #17
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Not 30 acres but you get 5-10 acres with 1500 acre green space. https://preserveatwalnutsprings.com/
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Old 12-04-2021, 02:52 PM   #18
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Not 30 acres but you get 5-10 acres with 1500 acre green space. https://preserveatwalnutsprings.com/
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Looks good but my dad doesnít share well.
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Old 12-04-2021, 03:34 PM   #19
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https://listings.texas-landman.com/t...-shiner-ranch/

Deer along the creek at the back of the property

In the Shiner ISD. Shiner brewery is just up the road
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Old 12-04-2021, 03:36 PM   #20
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SwampRanger has just what you need
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Old 12-04-2021, 07:36 PM   #21
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https://listings.texas-landman.com/t...-shiner-ranch/

Deer along the creek at the back of the property

In the Shiner ISD. Shiner brewery is just up the road

I donít understand when a listing doesnít provide an asking price. The price is the first question any buyer is going to ask. I just assume the seller is asking a price so high they are embarrassed to share it publicly so I move on. About as annoying as leaving a listing up after a property has been sold.

Rant over. Good luck with your search.


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Old 12-04-2021, 09:08 PM   #22
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https://listings.texas-landman.com/t...-shiner-ranch/

Deer along the creek at the back of the property

In the Shiner ISD. Shiner brewery is just up the road


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I donít understand when a listing doesnít provide an asking price. The price is the first question any buyer is going to ask. I just assume the seller is asking a price so high they are embarrassed to share it publicly so I move on. About as annoying as leaving a listing up after a property has been sold.

Rant over. Good luck with your search.



$699,000

I thought I typed it in original post




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Old 12-04-2021, 09:38 PM   #23
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I’m looking for the same thing, but not piney woods.
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Old 12-08-2021, 10:38 AM   #24
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Old 12-08-2021, 10:53 AM   #25
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Old 12-08-2021, 10:55 AM   #26
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[QUOTE=TradAg02;15974003]I donít understand when a listing doesnít provide an asking price. The price is the first question any buyer is going to ask. I just assume the seller is asking a price so high they are embarrassed to share it publicly so I move on. About as annoying as leaving a listing up after a property has been sold.

Rant over. Good luck with your search.

because the price is probably out the roof!
only millionaires aren't concerned when the price isn't shown. haha
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Old 12-08-2021, 10:57 AM   #27
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We have 115 acres for sale 5 mins from lake Sam Rayburn . If you would like more information please shoot me a pm

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Old 12-08-2021, 10:59 AM   #28
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I've scoured every resource I can get my hands on but haven't found the right place just yet. Please let me know what you have or know of.
Some priorities, ranked:
At least 30 acres
House preferable
Pond/lake a huge plus
2-3 hours from Houston with preference in the Piney Woods.

Thanks everyone.
Best bet is go to towns nearby and get the local newspaper and look for ads FSBO.

anything else will be overpriced plus you'll be paying realtor fees out the roof

but, if paying high prices and realtor fees is ok..then by all means use realtor .com and lands of texas, etc.
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Old 12-08-2021, 02:03 PM   #29
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Best bet is go to towns nearby and get the local newspaper and look for ads FSBO.

anything else will be overpriced plus you'll be paying realtor fees out the roof

but, if paying high prices and realtor fees is ok..then by all means use realtor .com and lands of texas, etc.

The seller pays realtor fees unless otherwise agreed on with a buyer rep.


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Old 12-08-2021, 02:06 PM   #30
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Old 12-08-2021, 03:13 PM   #31
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Tilden posted an amazing place not far from Houston.
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Old 12-13-2021, 01:46 PM   #32
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Old 01-03-2022, 09:35 AM   #33
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I have a follow up question:
If I found a place by myself, should I even involve a realtor? It would basically be a gift since I found it on my own. Is there a possibility of negotiating sales price down if the seller isn't paying the 3% to a buyer's agent? I definitely see the value of a realtor when selling, but buying? Hopefully this doesn't seem callous...just thinking it through.
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Old 01-03-2022, 11:10 AM   #34
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Old 01-04-2022, 10:00 AM   #35
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I have a follow up question:
If I found a place by myself, should I even involve a realtor? It would basically be a gift since I found it on my own. Is there a possibility of negotiating sales price down if the seller isn't paying the 3% to a buyer's agent? I definitely see the value of a realtor when selling, but buying? Hopefully this doesn't seem callous...just thinking it through.
I ask this on your other thread, and you didnít answer it, but I donít understand your calling it a gift since you found the property. How is it a gift?
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Old 01-04-2022, 10:06 AM   #36
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I ask this on your other thread, and you didnít answer it, but I donít understand your calling it a gift since you found the property. How is it a gift?
I think he's saying it would be a "gift" to the realtor he employed...

OP, I know of two large places in Houston County that are off market (or, they were mid December). Both are significantly larger than what you asked about, but if you're interested, shoot me a PM.
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Old 01-04-2022, 10:20 AM   #37
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I ask this on your other thread, and you didnít answer it, but I donít understand your calling it a gift since you found the property. How is it a gift?
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I think he's saying it would be a "gift" to the realtor he employed...
This was my initial mindset. If I found a $1MM property on my own then just getting a realtor involved would've given him/her $30K for me finding the place myself. I said initially because I now see that finding the property isn't the only thing a realtor does.
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Old 01-04-2022, 10:30 AM   #38
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Got it now.

It sounds like you need a professional, whether a lawyer or realtor. Have you even thought about requiring a survey? Most people donít think they need a survey, especially when the property is fenced. They want to save the cost, but it can cost a whole lot more to ďfixĒ boundary line and other issues that may be revealed later. I would never buy land without a survey. You also certainly want to require a title policy, and the title insurer will require the survey.

EVERYTHING is negotiable.
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Old 02-11-2022, 11:01 AM   #39
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Old 02-11-2022, 11:55 AM   #40
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30 acres is hitting the market today I believe here in Franklin. There is actually 3 10 acre tracts that can be bought together or separately. Power and water will be run along the all weather road. You’ll have to pay for your power drop and water meter install.
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Old 02-11-2022, 03:00 PM   #41
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2-3 hours from Houston is 2-3 hours from DFW which is 2-3 hours from San Antonio/ Austin, lots of people looking for the same thing, you will need to move fast when you find it, best of luck with the search.
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