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  • 1. Getting Government Land For Free - Is It Easy?Even in an economic downturn, housing prices are still rising far beyond the rate of pay. Many middleclass families have found themselves simply priced out of the housing market. If you are a family inthis situation, finding government land for free or at least very cheaply can sound like an attractiveoption.There are a few ways to find government land for free or cheap. Although none of these areguaranteed sources, many people have used them with great success. You can use them asspringboards for your own home hunting search.1. The Bureau of Land Management. This government agency owns land all over the country, but itonly is allowed to sell its land in the far Western states of Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho,Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, and Wyoming. It doesnt usually give land away forfree, although there have been a few notable exceptions, but it usually sells it for cheaper thanaverage prices. These parcels are often in less populated areas but has been professionallymaintained and may be ready to be built upon. If you are trying to get government land for free, theBLM may be a good starting point.2. Homesteading. Although the federal homesteading act was shut down decades ago, manysparsely populated states have homesteading programs. These usually require the prospectivelandowner to build a house on the land in question and to put in electricity and roads. Thehomeowners must personally live on the land for five to ten years before becoming official owners.The areas that have homesteading programs are usually very remote and may be hours away fromthe nearest small town, so this is a great option for people who want to live off the beaten path--WAYoff the beaten path.3. Land grants. Another way to get land for free or very cheaply is to buy it with government landgrants. These are available to help low income people, minorities, and women become propertyowners. Although few grants offer enough money to outright buy a home, many can be combined totake a supersized chunk out of ones housing cost. With information on these grants availablethroughout the internet, there is no reason to pay full price, or even half of full price, on your dreamhome.4. Government Auctions. Although you will not find free land at a government auction, you will findland listed for just pennies on the dollar. If you are the only bidder, the price never goes up. Mostpeople at a government auction are there looking for a deal, so the prices often never reach even halfof what would be charged on the open market. If you buy a home and auction, you may be able tosell it for three to four times what you paid. If you do this a few times, you will have the money youneed to buy your own home free and clear--without ever spending more than you did on rent. This isa deal that no American citizen can afford to pass up. Your taxes already paid for that property--whypay for it twice?