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Wyoming Acreage for Sale

Wyoming acreage for sale became more sought-after due to the inability to build railroad tracks through the 14,000-foot heights of the majestic Colorado Rockies. The Union Pacific Railroad greatly coveted the growing commerce base in Denver, but from that point west, the laying of tracks over the Rockies was too formidable a project. Instead, the Union Pacific decided, in November of 1866, to lay its tracks due west from Cheyenne through unsettled Wyoming.

By 1875, perhaps as many as 350,000 people had traveled across Wyoming by rail, wagon train, stagecoach, horseback and foot. On July 10, 1890, President Benjamin Harrison signed the act making Wyoming the 44th state.

Wyoming is one of the four or five large Western states containing the lowest-priced acreage available in the United States. This alone makes land in the state very desirable to real estate speculators and investors.

Wyoming covers almost 98,000 square miles, stretching 375 miles from east to west and 276 miles from north to south. The 10 states of Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, New Jersey, Rhode Island, Vermont, Maryland, Massachusetts, West Virginia and New Hampshire would all fit into Wyoming’s borders with room to spare.

It’s often been said that a few good land investments can equal a lifetime of working for a salary. A person pays income tax, at relatively high rates, on salary received each and every year. On the other hand, if a person buys a tract of land that appreciates every year, no income taxes are due. And when the land is sold, it is taxed at a much lower capital gains rate. Buying a large tract of low-priced Wyoming acreage for sale, holding it for many years, selling out for a large profit and paying a small capital gains tax will beat working for a salary every day of the year!

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How to Make Wise Acreage Investments

With economic uncertainty, it becomes harder each day to find an investment that is not only safe, but also provides a suitable return on your money. While others look to bonds or gold,  knowledgeable individuals turn their attention toward acreage investments.

Investing in land makes perfect sense. With the population growing at an ever-increasing rate, the demand for land will only grow greater as time passes. What’s more, land is a finite resource. While we can always discover and mine more gold or drill for more oil, we cannot find more land. So while it’s possible that the price of gold may go down as a result of new discoveries, or that the price of oil might plummet from the use of alternative fuels for transportation, land can be counted on to retain its value.

When buying land, it is not the location that makes the difference; rather, it is the per-acre price that is important. Two investments may look the same, each costing $25,000, but one is for 80 acres and the other is for five acres. If you look closely at the two different options, it becomes plain which is the better investment. The 80 acres are valued at $312.50 per acre, while the five acres are valued at $5,000 per acre. The goal of any person investing is to buy low and sell high. The savvy investor will always go for the 80 acres at the lower per-acre price.

Acreage investments have never been easier, and the Internet has made it exceedingly simply to find and compare countless offerings—in the search for the lowest per-acre deals available!

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Investing in Land can be Rewarding!

Investing in land can be much more fun and emotionally rewarding than investing in the stock market. Stock certificates are only a piece of paper—but land can be visited, walked on, camped on, and hunted on. If ever needed, land can also be used as a getaway retreat and as a refuge from society.

In the past, a large tract of rural land was very limited as to its usage. Mainly, such properties were used for little else besides livestock grazing. Today, however, there are many potential uses for large tracts of rural acreage that can be investigated. Following is at least a partial list of potential uses.

  1. Mining activities
  2. Petroleum exploration and production
  3. Wind energy farms
  4. Water rights
  5. Solar power
  6. Geothermal
  7. Rights-of-way easements for pipelines and roads
  8. Fossil discoveries and excavations
  9. Hunting camps
  10. Recreational subdivisions
  11. Signage
  12. Sand and gravel sources
  13. New technology that might revolutionize agricultural operations
  14. Landfill

As can be seen above, investing in land today can open up many possibilities that previously didn’t even exist. No one can really determine with 100% certainty what profitable uses for land in the future will bring.

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Value of Land Per Acre Today

It is quite interesting to see how the value of land per acre today, in the spring of 2014, stacks up with other prices. We are referring to the lowest priced land in the nation, land that can be purchased for around $400 per acre. A quick review of this topic reveals some interesting comparisons and helps focus on the issue of relativity.

First, how have we arrived at the value of land per acre being $400? Let’s take just one small example. Forty-acres in Wyoming might be priced at $16,000—which calculates to $400 per acre. But a person would have to purchase the entire 40 acres in order to realize the $400 per acre price. In other words, a person couldn’t just elect to have one acre carved out of the 40 acres. So the following analogies would apply if 40 people formed a syndicate and purchased the 40 acres (where, in effect, each person would then own an undivided interest in one acre of land).

Let’s start with the price of gold, which currently is a little over $1,600 per ounce. As opposed to an ounce of gold, wouldn’t you rather own four acres of land (that measures over 400 feet by 400 feet)?

A fancy briefcase can easily cost $400. But wouldn’t you prefer to own an acre of land for $400 instead of the briefcase?

A pair of men’s shoes can cost $400. But wouldn’t you rather own an acre of land for $400 instead of the shoes?

A fine dinner and a couple bottles of wine for four people can easily cost $400. Wouldn’t you rather own an acre of land for $400 instead of the meal?

I don’t know what the price of gold will be in 10 years (but prices could be subject to some form of government controls), but I do know that in 10 years the briefcase and the men’s shoes will probably be worn out and thrown away. I also know that in 10 years the fine dinner will have long since been forgotten. Finally, I know that the value of land per acre, which is $400 today, will be substantially higher 10 years in the future!

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Hedge Against Hyperinflation

Inflation and hyperinflation is basically the same thing; it’s just a matter of degree. Inflation has been occurring in the United States since the founding of the nation in 1776. One example of hyperinflation would be what happened in Germany in the 1920s, when a cup of coffee cost the equivalent of $100. Today, it is important for everyone to understand how to hedge against hyperinflation.

First, let’s review the history of inflation in the United States over the last 50 years. Fifty years ago, in 1961, $1,000 purchased $1,000 worth of goods and services. Today, however, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, it takes $7,500 to purchase the same goods and services that $1,000 purchased 50 years ago. That means that over the last 50 years, the U.S. dollar has lost approximately 87% of its purchasing power.

What caused the U.S. dollar to depreciate so much in value? This inflation occurred because the federal government printed new U.S. dollars faster that the corresponding growth of new goods and services.

How can a person hedge against hyperinflation? Simply by exchanging dollars—that the federal government will forever be printing more of—for finite assets, such as land, that can’t be reproduced. For a simple example, assume a person has $50,000 in the bank. Every time the federal government prints more dollars, the existing dollars in circulation become worth less and less. Conversely, let’s assume the person exchanged the $50,000 in cash for 1,000 acres of land. In this case, every time the federal government prints new dollars, the 1,000 acres become worth more and more (because land is a fixed supply and the government couldn’t create new land in the same equivalent supply as it created new dollars).

Every American citizen needs to understand how to hedge against hyperinflation—especially during a time when the federal government is committed to printing and spending trillions of new dollars (in order to service a huge and growing national debt)!

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Cheap Acreage for Sale Today!

The safest and surest method of investing in land is to simply purchase a tract of cheap acreage for sale, buy it as cheap as possible, and hang on to it for as long as possible. History has proven that it’s literally impossible to lose money with this type of an investment. This approach is all about price and price alone, because the purchase price is the only thing that can guarantee a profit in the future.

There are countless examples of someone acquiring a tract of land with a prime location in a major city, yet ending up losing their entire investment. Why? For a multitude of reasons, including paying too high a price; being unable to secure necessary rezoning; failing to receive adequate financing for development; and the economy crashing at an inopportune time. So obviously, a well-located tract of land is not the primary ingredient for a successful land investment.

Rather, the prime ingredient for a successful land investment is simply a low enough price. As opposed to a prime property located in a major city, consider a tract of acreage miles from nowhere situated in the middle of the “boondocks.” Land like this won’t be ready for development in a hundred years (if then); it won’t have any utilities, municipal water, or maintained roads. However, if this acreage is purchased cheaply enough and held long enough, then a future profit is almost guaranteed!

The proof of this is the historic fact that all cheap acreage for sale 50 years ago will sell today for a considerably higher price that it did back then. Obviously this statement can’t be made regarding the stock market, as countless public companies that existed 50 years ago went out of business and no longer exist. Yet every single acre of land that existed 50 years ago still exists

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Benefits of Buying Country Acreage

The traditional real estate investment approach is to buy income properties (single family homes, duplexes, apartments, and commercial buildings), or predevelopment land near population centers that are in the path of growth. In many instances, however, simply buying unimproved country acreage in the “boondocks” can provide safer and more predictable financial results.

The least expensive part of an investment can often be the initial funds needed to acquire the asset. The most expensive part of an investment, however, can sometimes be the capital required to develop or improve the asset after it is acquired. In the case of income properties or land for development, the cost of maintaining the buildings or paying for the development can be very high. Raw land, however, costs very little to own or maintain.

For instance, let’s say you buy commercially zoned land in the city for $500,000, then spend another $1 million erecting a duplex and another $250,000 maintaining it through the years, and eventually sell the property for $2 million—then you would receive $2 million on a $1.75 million investment, or a net of $250,000.

Wouldn’t it make more sense to buy cheap acreage in the “boondocks” for $500,000, spend practically nothing on maintenance or development through the years, and resell it for $1 million at some point in the future? Using this scenario, your potential profit would be $500,000 on a $500,000 investment—instead of $250,000 on an investment of $1.75 million.

While it is a little understood real estate investment niche, sometimes just buying cheap country acreage and holding it for the long haul can be the best investment approach. In this manner you are simply relying on time to create a profit, instead of costly maintenance and improvement expenses.

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Why Rural Acreage can be Profitable

Rural acreage can offer spectacular profit potential due to arbitrage. Arbitrage simply means “to purchase and sell an asset in different markets in order to profit from price discrepancies.” When you purchase rural properties you are engaging in that type of transaction.

A rancher owns land for its agricultural value—in other words, how many head of cattle the acreage will sustain, and the resulting profit potential. City dwellers, on the other hand, will value the same acreage for its recreational usage and land speculation potential.

For example, on an AUM (animal unit months) basis, 1,000 acres might be worth $125 per acre to a cattle rancher. But to a person who lives in the city, these same 1,000 acres might be worth $500 per acre for recreational purposes or as a land investment. Therefore, there is a price discrepancy in the value of the same property in two entirely different markets.

The secret to making money is to be patient and find ranchers who are willing to sell based on agricultural economics, not land speculation economics. Unlike the stock market, where prices are posted daily in the newspaper, rural acreageprices are not fixed and can fluctuate wildly, depending on the seller’s economic condition and personal perception. It is not uncommon to find two bordering ranches with almost identical agricultural values, one offered for sale at $250 per acre, and the other offered for sale at $400 per acre.

Speculators and investors make money when they buy land, not when they sell land. In other words, if the purchase price and terms are advantageous, then the future will take care of itself, and it would be hard not to make a profit when reselling the acreage.

Buying, owning and selling rural acreage can be an exciting, fun and very profitable enterprise. Like anything, however, it requires knowledge that can only acquired through experience.

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Acreage for Sale at Cheap Price is Disappearing.

Acreage for sale cheap is something that the United States of America has very little of anymore. While there is an abundance of land available for sale, it can hardly be called cheap. Land that can be purchased for under $500 per acre is rapidly disappearing.

The very word “acreage” is a common American term that simply refers to multiple acres. An acre contains 43,560 square feet. A lot measuring 200 feet wide and 218 feet long is basically an acre in size. Our entire nation was surveyed into townships containing 36 sections, with each section containing 640 acres.

In Europe and South America they use “hectares” as a land measuring unit, as opposed to acres.  A hectare basically contains 2.5 acres, thus four hectares would be approximately 10 acres. A 50,000 acre Texas cattle ranch being advertised for sale in Europe would be viewed by the Europeans as a ranch of 20,000 hectares.

Regardless of how one views the measurement of land, it is pretty hard to lose, over the long-term, by acquiring large tracts of it at cheap prices and holding for the long term. Large tracts of acreage for sale cheap, located anywhere in the United States of America, present an opportunity that many astute investors would investigate quite closely. After all, land can’t be stolen, destroyed, or mismanaged, and no one can create any more of it!

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Cheap Acres For Sale

It would be quite difficult for a person of average financial means to purchase expensive acres, costing thousands of dollars per acre, and requiring all cash. On the other hand, it would be relatively easy to purchase cheap acres for a few hundred dollars per acre, utilizing easy seller financing. There is a big difference between purchasing 80 expensive acres for $1.2 million cash ($15,000 per acre) – or purchasing 80 cheap acres for $36,000 ($450 per acre) requiring only $1,000 down and monthly payments of just $350.

The United States of America was, from its inception, a large speculation seeking cheap acres and other riches. It was a speculation for Christopher Columbus, for the kings of Spain, France and England, and for the early colonists.

Speculating in cheap acres was big business in early colonial America. Two important objectives of the first 13 states were the settlement and cultivation of good lands, and the establishment of commerce. In the early part of the 1800s, however, there were far more fortunes created by acquiring cheap acres than by engaging in commerce or starting businesses.

George Washington, himself, before he entered politics, was one of the most active speculators in cheap acres. Washington, even while President, purchased 3,000 acres in the Mohawk Valley, located in the State of New York with money borrowed from George Clinton. Clinton was the first governor of New York and the fourth Vice President of the United States. Subsequently, Washington sold about two-thirds of the property at a profit and repaid the loan. He also bought lots in the newly created City of Washington.

By the time Washington’s two terms as president were up in 1797, he was a very wealthy man as the result of his years of dealing in cheap acres.

There are still wonderful opportunities to make substantial sums of money buying cheap acres. Obviously prices are much higher today than in Washington’s time, but there is also a much bigger market for cheap acres today. Prices are all relative to the times, but the opportunity remains!

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