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Land in Hungary and Romania

Austrian farmers are buying cheap land as fast as they can, but there are 10 million hectares to go, mainly in smallholdings across the country.

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Choosing Land for your off-grid home

Buying land means foreseeing problems with water, septic and solar or wind power. Cheap land may not be a bargain if you need to truck in water

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Foreclosed? Move to Rio Rancho

Architecturally, the dwellings run the gamut — railroad cars, travel trailers, plywood shacks, doublewides and two-story ranch-style homes.

Here in Rio Rancho outside Albuquerque, residents are beyond the reach of power lines and piped water. A few have solar panels or small wind turbines. For others, like a shanty built by Liz Owens, 57, the cost of renewable power sources and drilling a water well is prohibitive. Generators and plastic water tanks are common yard features.

The local County is concerned about the proliferation of informal development. Sandoval County’s long-term planner said home styles in the area range from railroad cars to travel trailers, plywood shacks and ranch-type homes.