The Importance of Prepping and Survival Skills: Interviewing David Savage Ever wonder what you'd do in a crisis situation in which you found you, your family and/or your neighbors left to fend for yourselves? Today, we have the distinct pleasure of interviewing author David Savage, who, just a few days ago - released his book Prepping Survival Guide. In this book, David shares how-tos and instructionals on the basics of living off-grid. Essentially a crisis preparedness system "how-to", this book provides detailed guidance on the self-sustainment lifestyle in a grid-down or emergency situation. We thought it would be good to catch up with him and capture a few thoughts regarding why he wrote the book (and find out what his favorite ice cream is, while we're at it). David, we'd like to congratulate you on your new prepping and survival book, which as we can see already see - is receiving nothing but glowing feedback. We're honored to be able to share this interview on the exact week of
How to Know if a Property Is in a Flood Zone Here, we'll share a really quick way that will allow you to know if a property is in a flood zone. There are several different ways to do this, and we are just providing a super easy way to do this, using a few easy-to-understand platforms. Note: While generally considered accurate, none of the information provided by these online platforms should be considered official. Prospective buyers should always seek to verify county records to ensure accuracy as it relates to flood zones or wetlands areas. First, we open up one of the following parcel platforms. Any of these will work, but our go-to for this task is the desktop version of Acrevalue.com AcreValue Landglide Onxhunt After deciding on which parcel platform you'd like to use, just follow these four easy steps below: 1. Once you're in one of the platforms mentioned above, simply type in the address or GPD coords of the property you're scoping out
Why Rural Land is (Usually) More Affordable This article will be very brief, but let's quickly discuss a few key items as to why rural land is oftentimes more affordable as opposed to suburban and urban areas. There are several reasons for this, and below, we will highlight a few. Keep in mind that each of the basic factors below are simply mentioned and highlighted from a very general "price-per-acre" perspective. As mentioned in another article, it would be impractical to compare any two pieces of land from an apples and oranges perspective, and that is not the intent. The goal is to simply point out a few factors as to why rural asking prices can oftentimes be dramatically more affordable that anything in the city. Limited Infrastructure: Rural areas often have limited infrastructure such as utilities, public transportation, emergency services and in some cases - even roads. These limitations also extend to basic creature comforts and amenities such as the ability to acquire groceries nearby and basic medical care.
Financing Vacant Land - What you Need to Know Securing financing for vacant land is usually quite different from obtaining a loan for a developed property with improvements or existing structures. Here are some steps you can consider to help understand how the process works, and help increase your chances of securing financing for vacant land. As always nothing in this article should be taken as "advise": these are simply just general recommendations from someone who's trying to pass along someone helpful words of wisdom. Research Lenders Start by researching lenders who specialize in land loans. Credit unions and online lenders or local banks may offer such financing options, but please keep in mind - you may find that institutions who offer financing for vacant land may be much harder to come by than any conventional loan. The primary reason for this, is simple: the property usually contains no collateral in terms of a value perspective, and this is something banks are often wary of. Your best bet is to search for institutions that
What it's Like Living the Rural Life: Interviewing Ana Have you ever wondered what it’s like living the rural lifestyle? Ever wanted to ask questions, but just didn’t know where (or who) to start with? Below, we share a very special interview with someone who’s thriving somewhere in the rugged edges of Eastern Tennessee. Not only is she experienced living the rural life, but her and her husband are also well-versed in the self-sustainment lifestyle, to include: hunting, gardening, foraging and even tanning and hiding. Below, we have the pleasure of meeting Ana, who has sat down with us to share her thoughts on the rural lifestyle. We feel she would be a great person to gain some knowledge from, considering her family heritage of having resided on the same 500 acres of rural land going back since the 1800's. What makes her perspective valuable is she is also familiar with urban living, so she has a full appreciation of some of the many differences in comparing rural vs.
A Guide To Buying Rural Property: Tips For An Informed Purchase Rural Acreage Introduction: Purchasing rural property can be an exciting venture, offering the opportunity to escape the hustle and bustle of urban life and embrace a quieter, more serene lifestyle. However, buying rural property requires careful consideration and a different set of factors compared to buying property in urban areas. Whether you’re seeking a country retreat, farmland, or a place to build your dream home, this article provides valuable tips to help you navigate the process of buying rural property. While these should not be considered “all-inclusive, and there are many other things to consider based off your own personal situation, here are 7 basic tips: Define Your Objectives: Before diving into the rural property market, it’s crucial to clearly define your objectives. Determine your purpose for buying rural property, whether it’s for agricultural use, recreational activities, investment, or a permanent residence. This will guide your search and help you narrow down suitable locations and property types. Research Locations: Rural areas can
Every wonder what the US population by state looks like from afar? The link near the bottom of this short article displays an interactive web-mapping application which includes state, county, and census tract-level data from the 2020 Census. In addition to US population by state and county, the persons-per-square-mile heat map also includes other key US demographics, as shown in the below photo: US Population by state mapping feature US population by state heat map As you can see, the darker the area, the more densely-populated the state is from a square-mile perspective. Zoom-in, and you will find the map automatically adjusts to show the same population data - from a county outlook. Heat map zoomed-in, by county - Keep in mind this is a data is from 2020, but with few exceptions - remains highly accurate - A Few Takeaways: With few exceptions, most all areas of the United States are projected to experience population growth over the next 10 - 20 years and beyond. This means the blue
Population Projections by County (US Map) Below, we've put together an interactive US map, with a link to each state's reporting of population projections. The purpose of this map is to provide any new land-purchasers or prospective buyers with as much due diligence as possible.For many, population-growth projections in any prospective area play a role in that due diligence process. Click on a state below and find your county's projections, growths and declines - simply click on a state below. If viewing in mobile-version: for best results, zooming-in may be required prior to selecting state. Please note: Some states will provide downloadable PDF, while others simply link directly to county website data. If you'd like a clearer visual of current population in your area - click HERE to check out our heat map. Conclusion We feel this data may be helpful for anyone who's looking to leave unsafe areas in favor of something more suitable for a better life. Because let's be honest - large cities aren't for everyone.
Let's discuss some of the benefits and pros vs cons of owning, or acquiring rural acreage. NOTE: Audio/video version of this article can be found HERE If you've ever wanted to take a curious peek at some of the many benefits of living in rural areas of the US - you're in the right place. Below, we toss around some of the advantages and potential drawbacks that come with not just rural living and the overall rural lifestyle. Tired of living in a criminal-infested city that’s being mismanaged by corrupt politicians? You're not alone. All over the country, people are choosing to remove themselves from larger cities in favor of something a little more rural and peaceful. And if we were to take a wild guess, the criminal-first judicial policies may have something to do with it. This article, provided by Brooking Institutional - a nonprofit, institutional research and academic team, share that since early 2020, "there have been unprecedented losses across the 88 U.S. cities with populations exceeding 250,000 residents." Another article