Owning Land

Tips and resources for the land owner and property improvement, plus advice and information about wildlife and habitat management, property taxes and more

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Gallery: 20 Beautiful Barn Designs for Your Land

Enjoy the view of these 20 beautiful barns from the veteran barn kit providers at Barn Pros, plus get the essentials for what you need to consider before building a barn on your land.

Q&A with Kathy Shea Mormino, aka “The Chicken Chick”

We recently had the pleasure of connecting with Kathy Shea Mormino, author of The Chicken Chick’s Guide to Backyard Chickens: ...

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Notes from the Field: It’s Time to GIS—Get It Surveyed!

A detailed look at what to expect from a land survey of your property, and why it's so important to conduct a thorough survey with the help of a qualified land professional.

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Guide to Renting Tools for House Building

Building your own house from scratch can be one of the most exciting but intimidating prospects. After buying the plot of land and finishing all the paperwork, you'll want to save as much money as possible, so one great way of cutting down on the final costs of the project is renting the tools to build your new home.

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The Pleasures & Treasures of Owning Rural Lands in Texas

With some 96 percent of the Texas landscape being held by private ownership, let’s look at some of the pleasures and treasures that are reflective of today’s interest in owning a piece of Texas.

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What the New Tax Law Means for Agriculture & Rural Landowners

The largest overhaul of the U.S. tax code in three decades went into effect this year, impacting farmers, ranchers and other rural landowners in a variety of ways. For the most part, financial experts anticipate benefits for these groups.

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How to Install Power on Vacant Land

Whether you’re setting up a camp in a rural area or starting a house on an empty lot, you’ll need ...

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The Wild Side of Business: Top 10 Customer-Service Strategies

There are few industries that offer as much of an opportunity to profoundly impact client satisfaction through basic customer-service strategies as what you find in wildlife-based recreational enterprises. Our regular columnist outlines his ten tips for customer-service success.

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How to Invest in Land With a Self-Directed Retirement Account

If you make money by selling, leasing or developing raw land, you can put these same strategies to work for your future with a self-directed retirement plan.

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Are Solar Panels Worth the Investment for Your Home?

My neighbors have solar panels. Each time I drive up our driveway those panels glare back at me with judgement. ...