In an effort to search for home I found this forum and hope that some of the real people that live in this world can help me. It's a lengthy story but I won't put anyone to sleep telling it. Instead I'll keep it short (for now anyway). Basically, being raised in a small town and having relocated 3 times now over the last 17 years to several metro areas my wife and I both crave to get back into a more peacefull life and a simpler time. We both grew up with the small town atmosphere and southern hospitality in a rural area of Mississippi. Currently we are "stuck" in a rural area of Minnesota on what originally seemed like a good deal. To hear the pitch and claims of a country house on 3.5 acres between 3 lakes sounds good but it turned out not to be our dream. I have been searching the web now for the last 2 weeks for property that didn't cost a fortune preferably in the foothills of the Smokey Mountain chain in Eastern Tennesee. So far all I have come up with was real estate brokers promising heaven at a premium price and promoting tourist attractions. Not what we am looking for at all. Their are plenty of real estate companies listed on the web but they always promote the grand sales that they are hoping to move and make the higher comissions. I'm hoping to talk to some real world folks out there that can help me with my search for some land that we can do something with and create our home. I do still have to work for a living but that can actually be pretty portable considering the fact that I work on the web as a successfull designer and developer. Ideally my search would be for a piece of heaven somewhere in the neighborhood of 5-10 acres (mabey 20 if TPIR) situated in the country of course preferably in a part of the Eastern Tennesee Smokey Mountain chain. Of course I do have visions of things like mountain streams nearby feeding our water supply and all the other "perfect" situations possible but I am indeed a realist and know that the odds of me finding all of that in one nice neat bundle at a low price is pushing it pretty hard. I don't want to get involved in any zoning, association or community restrictions either. Had my fill of those in Florida and never want to deal with that mess again. Anyone have any suggestions to offer or any folks from Eastern TN care to speak up and help me in my search? If you know anyone or even know a decent and honest broker I can get in touch with it would all help. I'm hoping to leave Minnesota come next spring right after the ground thaw.