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Old 09-14-2017, 07:28 PM
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I am interested in purchasing land in Northwest Arkansas. Can anyone recommend a place in that area for off-grid homesteading around like-minded individuals?
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My daughter lives in Gravette, it's almost 3rd world there.
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I live in Gravette and it is really basic here. Most people are just existing.
But Gravette is in Benton County and there are building codes. Those codes are pretty much geared toward conformity and looking "good" in a McMansion sort of way. So any new building would be affected.

Madison, Newton, and Carrol county would allow more leeway in building and there are more offgridders there.
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Madison County would be a good bet or Carroll. They have some fairly remote areas but not too far from the Bentonville-Fayetteville corridor. Land in Benton and Washington counties is probably too expensive for a lot of us.
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McDonald County is right across the border in Missouri. There are zero building codes or inspections (my neighbors demonstrate this all the time). Land is MUCH cheaper. Barry County next door to McDonald County to the east is about the same.
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McDonald County MO, will get you the most for your dollar as well.
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As someone who's bought land in the last few years and put a house on it, I can tell you this: there's no restriction to how your house can look in Benton County, as long as you're outside a city limits. Owner/builders have to have permits, but all it takes to get an occupancy permit is this: be able to keep the temperature above 60 degrees and have a bathroom walled off. Aside from that, you can live in it while you're putting up walls, etc. You will have to have permits and inspections for electrical, plumbing, footing, etc. I built our meter loop and passed inspection, easy. And I don't have any electrical experience. They want you to have your house finished in 6 months, but told me they're more than willing to work with owner/builders and grant extensions. The only stipulation was that you have to show that you're always making progress. It's not nearly as restrictive as some make it sound.
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In response to those saying check out McDonald County, listen to them. Also, Delaware County, Oklahoma is very similar in regards to not having codes/inspections outside city limits. McDonald County has a county-wide high school and it's huge, so that might not be a plus if you have kids. Then again, they programs they offer will surpass what any smaller school is capable of. But definitely check out Northeast Oklahoma and Southwest Missouri.
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In response to those saying check out McDonald County, listen to them. Also, Delaware County, Oklahoma is very similar in regards to not having codes/inspections outside city limits. McDonald County has a county-wide high school and it's huge, so that might not be a plus if you have kids. Then again, they programs they offer will surpass what any smaller school is capable of. But definitely check out Northeast Oklahoma and Southwest Missouri.
If you plan to live in NE OK or SW MO, make sure there's a thorough analysis done on your well water. Until a few decades ago, that part of the country was a major base metals producer (including lead). There are some environmental problems to this day.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tri-State_district
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Picher,_Oklahoma

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Picher is up in Ottowa County. Delaware County is safe, though. Picher is nearly in Kansas. I grew up in Delaware Co. and there's never been any problems and I've had nearly half of my family who grew up and lived in McDonald Co. and there's no problems with well water there, either. Dent County in Missouri still has some lead mines, so well water there might be an issue and I know there were some mines around Joplin, MO but that's in Jasper County. From someone who grew up around here, buying in DelCo and McCo is still sound advice, if cost of living and being free from most restrictions are what's important. That low cost of land comes with a reason, though: few places to work that pay worth a damn and plenty of places to get meth.
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I’d steer clear of northwest and go towards north central and drive to nw for work.
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Id steer clear of northwest and go towards north central and drive to nw for work.
Depends on what part of NWA he looks at. Gravette, Decatur, Lincoln, Siloam Springs, Summers, Cincinnati, Sulphur Springs.....all those are NW locations that are within driving distance of Bentonville, etc, and still have lower costs and more room.
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Depends on what part of NWA he looks at. Gravette, Decatur, Lincoln, Siloam Springs, Summers, Cincinnati, Sulphur Springs.....all those are NW locations that are within driving distance of Bentonville, etc, and still have lower costs and more room.
I live in Fayetteville and have been following the real estate market for several years. Home prices have risen about 3% per year since the early 2010s and newly constructed homes tend to go for $110 / sq ft +. If you don't mind buying a well kept but un-remodeled pre-1990s home there are some real bargains with prices < $90 / sq ft. The farther you are from town, the cheaper the home generally.

I'm hoping to buy a small farmstead / hobby farm in the not so distant future. The only thing holding me back is the belief there will be a recession and subsequent real estate price decline in the next few years. I'm not expecting a huge price drop, maybe 10% but I'd rather not see the value of my home fall shortly after I buy.

FYI, there are usually several viable 10+ acre homesteads on the market at any given time. Some seem overpriced but I suspect the sellers have negotiating room. Check out Trulia or Zillow.
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