The economy is tough right now. Unemployment is persistently high. Jobs are hard to find.
What if you want to start over, sort of like the homesteaders of the 1800s? You stake your claim to free land and create your life from scratch.
It can be done today in two different ways. This article points out that there are towns giving away free land:
7 Towns Where Land is Free
Do you get 40 acres? No. But free is free, and the best on the list may be this one:
Homestead Act 2010
Beatrice is a reasonably sized small town and is fairly close to major cities:
If you read through the terms and conditions, you will not be able to build a sod house. But, again, free is free.
If you don’t want to build a house on a lot, what about buying a house that is nearly free? I tried this search at Realtor.com: Detroit houses between $0 and $10,000:
Search Results – Detroit, MI Real Estate and Homes for Sale – $0 to $10,000
I am seeing 1,600 homes that fall into that category. Try it in other cities. You may be surprised.
What did homesteading look like 140 years ago? This video includes summarized instructions for building a sod house.
What does homesteading look like today? This could easily be done on any suburban lot:
This page describes the original homesteading act:
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