Buying Land For Homesteading in Chatham County

If you are looking to purchase land for homesteading in Chatham or surrounding counties feel free to give me a call. These properties can be difficult to find but I often know where several perfect plots are located.

There are a lot of homesteads in Chatham County North Carolina. If you haven’t heard about them, well, it is probably because they are off the grid. There are several in and around Siler City. Moire exist in Pittsboro, Bear Creek, Silk Hope & Goldston.

How much land is needed for homesteading?

Typically, families of 4 are looking for 3 acres at a minimum. Some people want more like 6 – 40 acres. The amount of land needed for homesteading depends on what you plan to do with it. For example, if a family of 4 wants to make their own flour they will likely need 1.5 – 2 acres dedicated exclusively to farming wheat. Careful planning is needed by the buyer here; some people just want a chicken coop, others want to go as far off of the grid as possible.

What kind of food are homesteaders in Chatham County producing?

All forms of livestock are produced. Some homesteaders make their own wine and beer. CCCC offers wild edible courses. Eggs, butter, honey, fruits, vegetables, soaps, cheese, and more are commonly produced items in the area. Some homesteaders get together and trade goods and share experiences in canning and other activities. There are seed swaps and other meetups in the area as well.

Chatham County Laws

Outside of city limits there are few restrictions for Chatham County landowners. Check with me or the local municipalities with specific questions but horses, goats, cows, chickens, and other animals are generally allowed with no problem. Getting insurance on properties over 6 acres is a little more difficult than normal homeowner’s insurance but is not impossible so that is something to take into consideration.

Do I need a real estate agent to buy land for homesteading?

A seller of land can tell you anything; a broker is required by law to maintain ethics and keep your best interests in mind. Home inspections, property inspections, soil PH, property access rights, water/sewer, mineral/timber rights, land easements, chemical pollution, zoning – these are just a few of the hundreds of things I deal with on a daily basis. Most people buying homestead land only want to buy it once, so getting it right the first time is kind of a big deal. A buyer’s agent costs you nothing and can save you everything. Chemically polluted land does exist here in Chatham County; I just worked with some a week ago- this requires working with the EPA. If you are living off of the land you do not want chemically polluted land and an agent will discover problems like this for you prior to your closing.

Do I have land for sale for homesteads?

At any given time I have several tracts of land listed. I may or may not have your dream tract. If I do not, chances are I can point you in the right direction. The call is free.