Buying Land Sight Unseen

Discussion in 'General Michigan Hunting' started by Forest Meister, Mar 31, 2018.

  1. Forest Meister

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    Would you or have you ever purchased land without seeing it first? Was watching the 6 O'clock news and they were interviewing a couple who claimed they had just purchased some land in the UP and if I heard correctly they were on there way to look it over until today's blizzard made them decide to turn back and try again later.

    I have heard buying land without seeing it first was quite common almost a century or so ago when travel was not what it is today but I find it incomprehensible now. FM
     
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  2. Magnet

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    "Sight unseen" isn't what it used to be.... with the internet and pictures posted, google maps, google earth, etc.
     

  3. stickbow shooter

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    Saw that also, no way I thought.
     
  4. DirtySteve

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    My brother in law sold a cabin on Indian lake near manistique. The guy who bought it was from Ohio and never looked at it. He was familiar with the lake but never set foot in the cabin. Just looked at the realtor pictures. He had a buddy from the area come and Check out things like the well and furnace.
     
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  5. Jimbo 09

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    People do it all the time. Expecially like the dnr land action or foreclosers. Like said with google earth and satalitw view plus pictures from the seller it can give you a good idea of what your getting into.
     
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  6. Martin Looker

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    I bought a 40 sight unseen in the U P 20 years ago. It took 10 years to find it but it is a really nice chunk of ground. I think we were lucky.
     
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  7. Gamekeeper

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    Many, many, times.
    Every so often you will get burned.
     
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  8. Wolverick

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    I bought my first parcel from memory. I had driven by and knew it was cut over hardwood with a rise about three hundred feet in. I had no idea it dropped off significantly on the other side. After my first walk, on snow shoes, I thought to myself I had really screwed up. Ended up building on top of the hill and have been enjoying the view for thirty plus years.

    Back then it was some of the best mushroom ground in the area. Now its crawling with deer.
     
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  9. bucko12pt

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    Fairly common in the hot housing market right now. My son sold his home in TC last fall and the first two bidders never looked at the property. Winning bidder was from downstate and paid $15k over the asking price.
     
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    Depends what the use of land would be for.....For deer hunting, not a chance in you know what....
     
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    My late cousin bought 10 acres in the U P sight unseen over 30 years ago. Turned out to be swamp land..To this day no one can actually find out the property lines(boundaries) since it's all swamp. Have no idea what his wife is going to do with it.
     
  12. MEL

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    What could go wrong?
    :rolleyes:
     
  13. Forest Meister

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    The land could be so valueless that the adjoining private landowners were not interested in it at any price, the state wouldn't accept it as a gift, and realtors were no interested in listing it. True story. FM
     
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    Land locked , or with an easment that is not transferred would be rough too.
    One parcel I looked at had access through some ones yard very near the home. Did not care for that, or confirm it' s legitimacy.
     
  15. Alaska at Heart

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    I've been shopping for a 20 acre piece for my retirement for several years and cannot fathom doing such a thing. Several of which I saw online photos had barely any resemblance to the actual conditions of the property when walking it in person. A great way to get swamp or landlocked or a piece that is 100' wide and 3000' long.