I'm starting to think that we're not going to be able to afford the kind of land we want in our area soon. Prices are already topping $4,000 an acre in some spots, and even "cheap" land is over $1,000. We've found one piece of property in the area where the price is under $1,000 an acre, but it's 50 acres for $45,000 (which is out of our price range at the moment). We've found a couple of small parcels that are within our price range (15 acres for $20,000, 3.4 acres for $10,000), but I'd like a larger piece of land. Our biggest problem is coming up with a down payment. We're finally starting to get out of debt, but I'm afraid that by the time we're able to save enough for a decent down payment, land prices are going to skyrocket and we won't be able to afford land in our area anyway. I guess I'm just feeling very discouraged right now. I feel like we need to buy land soon, even if we don't do anything on it for a few more years. I don't want to leave this area (we both lived here as children, all of our family is here, along with all of our friends). Thanks for listening to my rant!