Here's the dilemma: It's 20 months ahead of schedule. The price is right, the location is good, the amount of land the minimum we wanted however it's all workable. It is out of state (8 hr drive). It has a house that is just right to remodel, a small barn, garage and a corn crib. The problem? That 100 year old farmhouse will sit empty for 8 months out of the year, autumn through spring in Zone 5 for two winters!!! THAT's what is worrying me. As a family of classical musicians, we couldn't even get there to spend Christmas, we're usually performing Christmas eve and for the next couple of years, Christmas day. And since we'll be remodelling, I don't want to rent it out. We could manage that financially. Yet, sitting empty scares me. I know in theory what can be the downside of a house sitting empty. The farm is on a gravel road outside of a small town so traffic is not an issue. I'm thinking timers on lights (let electricity run year round) sort of makes it look like someone is there. (Except 3 feet of snow on the driveway might give it away that nobody is home!) Anyone have any experience along these lines with the farm they bought? Are we nuts for even toying with the idea? As always, your thoughts are appreciated.