Buying a home from out of state can be difficult enough. Shopping for an entire ranch from across the country can be even more of a challenge. Your first step will be to even find ranches for sale. They're not always advertised as widely as traditional real estate. Here are a few ways you can go about finding ranches for sale in your dream locale.
1. Call a real estate agent who specializes in selling ranch properties.
Selling ranches is a bit of a specialized niche in the real estate world. Your average real estate agent who focuses on selling single-family homes and condos may know nothing about ranches or which ones are available in the area. So you'll need to suss out a real estate agent who actually focuses on ranch properties. Look at the online profiles of agents in your dream locale to see who appears to be selling farms and large properties. If you don't make much headway with this strategy, call other agents, and ask if they can recommend someone who specializes in ranches. Eventually, you will find someone who can give you a list of ranches for sale in the area and tell you a bit about them.
2. Look at various ranch websites.
Search online for existing ranches in the region where you want to live. Visit their websites directly to see if any of them are listed as "for sale." Often, ranch owners are on a limited budget, and they try to sell their ranches directly, rather than through a real estate agent. Advertising to existing customers on their website is one of the best ways for them to market. If you find out via a ranch's website that it is for sale, you can contact the owner directly and ask for details.
3. Talk to local ranchers.
Ranchers tend to know each other within a region. They often collaborate and sell each other goods and services. So if you are struggling to find a ranch for sale, you may want to just call around to a few ranches and ask if they know of any others for sale in the area. This is a good way to find out a lot about certain properties, too. The neighbors and fellow ranches in the area will often be glad to tell you the "real scoop" on a property that is for sale. You can then call the owners for these for-sale ranches directly to learn more.