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Wyoming Land for Sale at a Cheap Price

Most Wyoming real estate investors take the traditional approach of acquiring land near population centers, like Casper or Cheyenne, and then rely on future development to increase property values. Simply buying a large tract of Wyoming land for sale cheap, located in a sparsely populated area of the state, and allowing time and inflation to create higher values, probably would be boring for them.

The latter approach might be boring to some, but it is an infinitely safer and more reliable method of making money, over the long term. Consider that nothing has to happen, and the owner doesn’t have to improve or develop anything, in order for a tract of cheap acreage to increase in value in future years. It has been proven time and time again that through the years, paper currency always becomes worth less and less, and finite assets such as land always become worth more and more. Therefore, time becomes the ally when buying and holding cheap land.

Conversely, there are countless cases where real estate investors have acquired expensive land near major cities, only to go bankrupt when the economy took a nose dive, politics prevented a needed zone change, building plans weren’t approved, or the financing suddenly became unavailable. While it is certainly possible for urban developers to make substantial sums of money over a short span of time, there usually is a lot more risk and turmoil involved.

Buying a large tract of Wyoming land for sale cheap, even in the middle of the remote Red Desert, and hanging on to it for many years, is almost a “no-brainer” to create greater future values. As history has proven, it is virtually impossible to lose money owning cheap land, if it is purchased cheaply enough and held long enough!

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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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Cheap Land for Sale in Wyoming

The expansively rugged land called Wyoming resonates with the spirit of the American West. For anyone who has spent time in Wyoming, the state evokes vivid images: cattle standing in the lee of snow fences; children riding horses along dusty roads; weather-beaten ranches lit by the slanting light of late afternoon; oil-covered roustabouts struggling with the furious machinery of a drill rig; the sounds of drumming and singing at a powwow; and cow towns where the area code is larger than the population. The frontier spirit pervades both Wyoming’s landscape and its people, mixing the past and present so completely that sometimes it appears time stands still. There is also something else – a large supply of cheap land for sale in Wyoming that can present some amazing investment and speculation opportunities.

If you are interested in cheap land for sale in Wyoming, and especially the vast central and southwestern part of the state, then you will find some of the best rural land investment opportunities available anywhere in the United States. In fact, Wyoming is one of the five states containing the lowest priced land for sale in the nation. The other four states are Texas, South Dakota, New Mexico and Nevada. No other state in the United States – be it any state east of the Mississippi, any of the Great Plains states or Arizona, Utah, Montana, Idaho, Colorado, Oregon or Alaska – will have land for sale at cheaper prices than available in these five states. Of the five states, however, Wyoming, Texas and South Dakota probably offer the best combination of low prices, market demand and relatively lenient subdivision regulations.

The term “cheap” land refers to the per-acre price and not the per-parcel price.  For instance a 160-acre tract for $31,840 is a far cheaper price than a half-acre lot for $2,995. The reason the 160-acre tract is cheaper is because it is costs $199 per-acre while the half-acre lot costs $5,990 per-acre. The key to success in buying rural land is to concentrate on the per-acre price and not the per-parcel price. Since the Pilgrims landed in 1620 and Americans began migrating west, land dealers have made fortunes buying land by the acre and selling lots by the parcel!

There is more to consider in buying cheap land for sale in Wyoming, however, than the price itself. While the price is of paramount, importance market desirability and applicable subdivision regulations are also major concerns. Wyoming rates at the top of the list in all three categories. Land prices in Wyoming are very affordable, almost every land investor in the United States wants to own a tract of land in Wyoming and there are very few state or county subdivision regulations affecting the division or sale of land in 160-acre sizes or larger.

In summary Wyoming offers some of the cheapest per-acre land prices to be found anywhere in the United States, and is an excellent place to acquire a large tract of cheap land!

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