Advice on Buying Small Rural Land

To help potential buyers choose the most appropriate property to fit their needs and expectations. We have put together some tips for buying small rural landholdings. Apart from this, you can contact Raine & Horne Land Victoria, if you are looking for rural land for sale. 

Furthermore, to help the potential buyer make a selection, a checklist walks them through a series of questions. 

Thinking of Purchasing a Rural Property in Regional Western Australia? 

Thinking of Purchasing a Rural Property

You are undoubtedly conducting extensive research to aid in your decision-making. Other property ownership factors can occasionally go unnoticed in the excitement of comparing costs, locations, and accessibility to local amenities. 

Do a comprehensive title check before purchasing any property to determine. You have to do this because whether there are any covenants or restrictions related to carbon, conservation, heritage, or other issues. Is there an easement agreement? Are all utilities (power, water, access, and telephone) in place? It is vital to have awareness of the responsibilities and commitments. Along with this, keep the aware of consequences, if things are lacking. 

Before purchasing land in a remote area of Australia, consider the following information as part of your research. 

Set Reasonable Goals 

Australia’s rural areas offer a standard of living that many people find difficult to resist. Before purchasing and settling on a rural property, it’s crucial to consider a few of the realities of rural life. Although the property you want to buy can seem tranquil, keep in mind that the nearby farmers are engaged in a business. 

Moreover, make sure you are ready to be the party of the rural community. If you are relocating from the city or a significant rural town, or decide whether you would rather remain alone. Do you want to join a group where you can share information and resources? 

It’s critical to fully and honestly evaluate your expectations before deciding whether to purchase a small piece of land. Conduct thorough research. Maybe hiring a consultant will help you make a decision. In addition, it is critical to understand that leaving an urban setting comes with risks, including stress and solitude. 

Responsibilities of Australian landholders 

Responsibilities of Australian landholders

Landholders have many responsibilities and legal obligations to consider. Government laws govern native vegetation, water, health, animal welfare, livestock identification and movement, stock diseases, planning, environment protection, movement of plant materials, noxious weeds and vermin. Moreover, authorities  

Government governs planning, construction, improvements, health, and neighbourhood disputes. Important criteria include upholding the health and wellbeing of your animals, using chemicals responsibly, and maintaining farm safety. Protecting water resources, keeping pest animals under control, getting rid of noxious weeds, preserving soil, and avoiding contributing to land degradation are other duties of land managers. To guarantee long-term healthy and productive land, these laws are crucial.  

Rural Property Types 

Rural Property Types

There are several reasons why people purchase rural real estate. However, to make sure the zoning of any potential property is appropriate for the planned purpose. You should contact your local government, 

Rural small holding, rural residential, and general agriculture are among the town planning types recognized by the local government. Keep in mind that a landholding’s size does not always correspond to its zoning and subsequent land uses. Furthermore, trips to this kind of property might occasionally be irregular. And a hideaway is a place of relaxation, somewhere to get away from the city, busy life, and job. It may also include some animals and/or a vegetable patch as a pastime. To save driving time, prospective retreat purchasers should look at modest plots nearby. However, a tour is ideal for someone searching for a place to ride a motorcycle, go fishing, or just relax. It might also have some animals or a vegetable garden. 

Working Farm 

A working farm is a dual leisure and commercial enterprise. So, elements like strong soil fertility, water availability, and market accessibility are crucial. It is also necessary to consider the requirement for a paid manager or the buyer to live on the property to oversee operations. Working farms are typically well-established or simple to set up, as set-up and production expenditures might restrict income flow during the first few years. 

Hobby Farms 

The owner is responsible for making sure the animals are taken care of. So, there is frequently a need for someone to watch the block while the owner is away. Hobby farms are best suited for modest herd sizes or small producing areas. A hobby farm’s cost and return risks, however, are not as high as those of a working farm. 

Conservation Blocks 

Since conservation blocks frequently comprise areas with natural features and present hazards. And expenses for owners who are responsible for managing fire, erosion, weed and pest management. So, they are not particularly ideal for agriculture or livestock. 


Self-sufficient blocks are more of a desirable ideal than a practical reality because they are frequently only desired to some extent. The land must have characteristics of a working farm in order to be fully self-sufficient. However, in many places the climate may have an impact on what can be produced or cultivated there. 

Block Investments 

Investment blocks might include any of the aforementioned sorts, and as a result, have the corresponding returns, expenses, risks, and obligations. 

Some issues to consider when buying rural property: 

Access to the Property  

Make sure you have both a legitimate AND practical way to enter the property. It’s possible that the property’s road, which was included in the original surveyor’s map, is actually just an impassable, overgrown track. Make sure you have legal access to the property. 

Enclosure Enables 

Find out whether there are any Royal roads that pass through the property. The owner will often rent those roads in that situation. A Crown Road or river can be enclosed by fencing on private land with the help of an enclosure permission. 

Local Vegetation 

With regard to the vegetation on your property, the Native Vegetation Act outlines what operations, such farming and clearing, are legal. You must first determine whether there are any obstacles that might hinder you from farming the land if that is your intention. 


Whether the land is the subject of any mining licenses or applications should be confirmed. 

Noxious weeds 

Determine whether there are any weed issues on the property. Or whether any weed control notices are currently in effect. 

What are the Procedures for Purchasing a Rural Property? 

The Contract 

An agreement between a buyer and a seller is known as a contract of sale. When a buyer agrees to purchase something from a seller at a specific price, the seller commits to deliver it to the buyer. When the buyer pays and the seller delivers under these agreements, ownership is transferred. 

Inspections and Reports 

Pest Inspection Report – 

 We advise having any structures on the site, including fencing, fully inspected by a licensed pest inspector. You will learn about any harm, such as termite infestation, through this. 

Building Inspection Report –  

Have the inspection from the qualified building inspector. So, he can let you know the structural condition. It is best to have an expert by your side, you can contact Raine & Horne Land Victoria, when you want to make the inspection of rural land for sale. 

On-site Sewerage Treatment System Inspection 

You can set up a council inspection of the property’s on-site sewerage treatment system. So, you can find out if it is operating properly or if any repairs are necessary. 

Council Building Certificate  

In order to inform you whether or not the house has been authorized or if there are any problems. You can arrange for the Council to inspect the property. 


Finance for property

You will need to supply copies of specific documents to your financing provider if you are borrowing money to help pay for the property. To prevent wasting time, you can get in touch with the individual you have been working with to approve your loan. 


Before we commit to you purchasing the home, you will typically need to pay the vendor’s real estate agent 10% of the purchase price. Occasionally, a deal is negotiated calling for a smaller down payment. Please get in touch with our office to discuss the possibility of paying a deposit using a Deposit Bond if you are unable to do so. 

Sign a Transfer of Land Document 

You will have to sign a transfer of land paperwork following the exchange contract. The owner or developer then registers the document with the Land Titles Office / Register of Titles so that the property can be transferred into your name. 

Register the Land Title 

The Land Titles Office / Registrar of Titles maintains this legal record of land ownership. Your mortgage will become active as soon as the acquisition is legally recorded, final settlement occurs, and you own the home! 

For more queries if you to put your rural land for sale, you can reach Raine & Horne Land Victoria.