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Land For Sale

How do I find out who owns a parcel of land?

I've heard that I can get free land from BLM, what can you tell me about this? 

I've seen an advertisement that says I can buy low-cost land from BLM, is that true? 

Are there any public lands for sale from the BLM - Eastern States Office? 

May I select a specific parcel of BLM-managed public land that I am interested in purchasing? 

How does the BLM select land that might be offered for sale? 

How can I get additional information regarding government land for sale? 

Proposed Sale of Public Lands, Becker Co, Minnesota


 

How do I find out who owns a parcel of land?

Consult your local county courthouse records to determine who owns a specific parcel.

I've heard that I can get free land from BLM, what can you tell me about this?

There is not any free public land.  Americans have always had to pay for the land in cash, military service, or in the case of homesteads, by living on and developing the land before they received title.  Congress abolished homesteading in 1976 with passage of the Federal Land Policy and Management Act, which made it a national policy to retain most public lands in federal ownership.  Today, BLM manages these public lands for all Americans, who enjoy numerous economic benefits from these lands, including: revenue from mineral leasing, livestock grazing, forest products, rights of way, as well as recreational opportunities such as camping, hiking, hunting, and fishing.

I've seen an advertisement that says I can buy low-cost land from BLM, is that true?

No.  On the rare occasion the BLM - Eastern States Office offers land for sale, it is always at fair market value, as the law requires.  Fair market value is determined for each parcel by using established appraisal procedures, based on the value of comparable properties.  A private advertisement may ask you to send in money for information about how to buy land for as little as $1.25 an acre.  Read the ad carefully, and be cautious about sending money to the advertiser.  On that very rare and unusual instance when we actually do offer land for sale, we will provide you accurate information free of charge.  Your best source is the BLM Field Office with jurisdiction over the area you are interested in.  BLM field offices announce the availability of such land through the local media and on this web site.

Are there any public lands for sale from the BLM - Eastern States Office?

Not at this time.  The BLM-managed parcels in the eastern United States are often isolated and unattractive for agricultural use.  We sell government lands at or above the appraised fair-market price.  This means they are no less expensive than privately owned lands sold through private companies.  Also, we do not maintain a mailing list.  Lands offered for sale will be listed on this web site.

May I select a specific parcel of BLM-managed public land that I am interested in purchasing?

No.  You may bid only for those parcels that the BLM offers to sell on a competitive-bid basis.

How does the BLM select land that might be offered for sale?

Through our land-use planning process, BLM identifies parcels in one of the following categories:
•   scattered and isolated tracts that are difficult or uneconomical for BLM to manage;
•   tracts acquired by BLM for a specific purpose that are no longer needed for that purpose;
•   land where disposal will serve important public objectives, such as community expansion and economic development.

How can I get additional information regarding government land for sale?

Additional information regarding Land for Sale can be found at: The General Services Administration - Guide to Federal Government Sales