Our plan has always been to remain here in SC and build up funds to develop the land in NC that we will move to in the next few years. The land in NC is pretty much undeveloped beyond a driveway and power to the property line and a little clearing of some areas. While on a long drive to visit friends in the DC area we discussed what should be our next step and came to the conclusion that it would be best for us to get rid of the chickens and dog,sell the house and rent a place here while we build up more money. WELL the dog 'helped' out by killing all the chickens while we were away and we then found a new home for her when we returned so we are going ahead with the rest of the plan. NOW(sorry for the long post) would it be best to buy some rental properties in the town up there to provide additional income/security OR take that money from selling our house here and start developing the property we will live on? Small homes are relatively cheap(compared to here) and rent would provide an income while developing the land would not...BUT it would get us closer to our goal.... Any thoughts?