The Homestead Act managed to do a lot of good for a whole lot of Americans. It was the de-facto method for saving and buying land in the United States, and it ushered in a period of patriotism and land ownership that is still being felt today. But, the Homestead Act is largely a thing of the past. In the past few years, land has fallen into one of two extremes. It is generally either very hard to achieve and very easy depending solely on the location and the circumstances of the city.
Ranch Marketing Associates has explored ranches throughout the United States and has helped transition aspiring ranch owners into a new area. The company has also extensively explored the aftermath of the recession, and how land and ranch purchases have changed since the economy near-collapsed and the Homestead Act has dissipated.
The two extremes have resulted in a rather compelling gulf. On one side, land has generally been harder to come by. Big foreign buyers have exhausted large portions of Washington, California, and other areas along the West Coast and Midwest. The moment owners could not get a hold of their finances, Japanese, Chinese, Russian, and European buyers swept up large expanses of land. Even American corporate owners bought acres in spades for the sole purpose of holding and reselling.
This is, of course, somewhat expected in the high-demand areas. Yet, it is not the case across the board. If the recession has helped perpetuate less accessible ranch purchases in many regions, it has also brought the hammer down in other areas. Some regions, particularly the Northeast and portions of the Midwest, are readily accessible. For example, land is being given away in parts of Virginia and West Virginia, and there are grant programs to sell ranches in towns that are hurting with the assurance that the ranch owners will bring in money locally.
City leaders are hoping to crop up their local community, and they are achieving that through ranch sales and accommodating arrangements. This is the basis of the two extremes- land being almost given away and land being swallowed up en masse.