Tips for Purchasing a Home in a Rural Area

Tips for Purchasing a Home in a Rural Area

Living in a rural area is appealing to people from many different walks of life. Whether you’ve lived in a city or you’ve lived in a rural area before, it’s important to have realistic expectations and a plan in place when purchasing a home in a rural area.

Below, The Fay Group goes over a few tips to consider when purchasing a home anywhere outside of the city limits. 


Don’t take it for granted that the home you purchase will be fully functional. Items to consider include cell/internet service, septic, water (well, for instance), and electricity (you will most likely want to make sure you have on-grid electricity).

Check out the water situation when it comes to a prospective property. Is there an existing well or will you have to drill a new well? This will all figure into the cost of the overall purchase.

Check Local Weather Patterns

Do your research when it comes to the weather patterns in the area where you plan to purchase your home. Yearly weather patterns and seasonal flooding are two items to take into serious consideration. You will want to make sure that you have a realistic expectation of what it is going to be like to live your life in a rural area year-round.

Take the time to consider if wildfires are characteristic in the area – it’s likely best to avoid purchasing a home in areas that have a history of evacuations due to wildfires.

For a wildfire and tornado map in Arizona, click here.

Access to the Property

One item that many folks take for granted is whether or not there is right-of-way access to the property. It’s a good idea to make sure that the road to your home is open year-round and that it’s not too rocky of a drive. If there is ice or snow in your preferred area (which you won’t have to worry about in Arizona), put this on your list of considerations as well.


If you’re going rural one question to ask yourself is “how rural do you really want to go?” Many homeowners opt to purchase rural homes that are in somewhat close proximity to a decent-sized city. Living perhaps 30-45 minutes away from a city will ensure you have access to proper medical care, amenities, and more.

How Much Land Can You Handle?

Knowing how much land you want to be responsible for and what maintenance and care will cost you timewise as well as money-wise will give you more realistic expectations and will also ensure you don’t bite off more than you can chew. Take your time to choose a home that has the right amount of house and the right amount of surrounding property to give you a comfortable life without bogging you down with busy work.

Get in Touch with an Experienced Realtor

Getting in touch with an experienced realtor who has deep knowledge of the area and market in question will be a tremendous asset when making your home purchase.

The Fay Group has distinguished itself as the #1 Real Estate Team in Maricopa County, and we earn our reputation every day we are in operation with a client-first approach. Contact The Fay Group today when you’re ready to purchase a home in Maricopa County, AZ.