My S.O. and myself are planning to buy some land in the Ozarks in either the Newton County (AR) area or around the Gainsville/West Plains/Thayer (MO) area once we sell her house this next spring. We hope to get 40+ acres with a stream/creek. Then do a little work each year as we can, adding a small cabin, electric to the cabin, well, adding a barn, fencing, etc. We retire in a little over 10 years and then will be building our retirement home there. We are homebodies so we want very rural/isolated areas, we plan to only go to town once a week or less for supplies, etc. Some questions have come up that people in the area may be able to give their help on: In your view which is better, AR or Mo in those areas and why (taxes, people, etc) Can you put a clause in the contract on the land if your well doesn't hit the minumum gallons per minute? (Here if you have that in your cotract and the well isn't good and/or the land doesn't perk you're not liable to go through with the purchase). How expensive is it to run electric from the road to a homesite, maybe 1000+ feet and can it be buried vs overhead wires and if so any ideas on ballpark prices? Is the land in most places difficult to dig for putting in a basement on the house. We plan to build a rancher type house (don't want stairs when we're older) with a walkout basement if possible. What is the internet access like in those places, is it all dial up for most places outside of the towns? Anything else we should consider before making a choice? We've been to the areas once each year for several years (different seasons to see what it's like out there) and have those areas as possible places to retire to when we can. The people are all fantastic as well as the land. Thanks for any and all help you can give.