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Own Free Land In Any US State

by The Happy Rock on October 11, 2007

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I just bought a gorgeous piece of land in Hawaii. I have never been there, but I have always wanted to visit. The picture above just looked so appealing, I just couldn’t resist this deal when it presented itself. How does this fit into our frugal mindset, you ask? Well, the land was FREE!

Through the website Own A Piece Of America you can get free land in an US state of your choice. You don’t have to pay taxes or maintain the land, but you also can’t build on it or sell it either. When you claim your free land, you receive ownership of a one square inch lot. It’s not the most useful piece of property in the world, but it is quite fun to tell your friends that you own land in Hawaii, Alaska, Maine, Montana, or California!

There is no real catch. The website owners have purchased all of the land legally and divvy it out one square inch at a time. It is fully legal, and the website makes money through advertising and selling paper or electronic state deeds to the properties. Pretty fun idea, what state do you want to grab land in?


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Pinyo October 12, 2007 at 7:34 am

Wow, people can sell anything. Next thing we know NYC will be selling the Brooklyn Bridge — you can own one brick, any brick. 😉

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Austin Realtor October 13, 2007 at 4:48 pm

That is a pretty unique idea. I would worry that at some point the owners would have to pay taxes or could be held liable if someone hurts themselves on the property.

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Lazy Man and Money December 20, 2008 at 12:58 pm

This reminds me of buying land in England for so that you can have a title of nobility like Duke (not sure if Duke was actually one). That would set you back about $1000 when I saw it 10 years ago.

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Isetta Edwards April 15, 2010 at 1:48 pm

Just when I think I’ve heard it all it gets better!(lol)

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Starr December 2, 2010 at 10:22 am

That would be in the UK and also in Scotland. Possibly Ireland too, but not sure.
You can own a small piece of property, up to 1′ square and it gives you the right to call yourself a “lord”.
Mostly, it’s due to the fact that owning land made you the landlord of a property.
Thus you are the “‘lard of the land” or “Lordship” one that owns land.
LOL
That’s what made these so popular – even with some folks still today. It’s a fairly affordable gift. Well under the $1K price – believe it’s around $20-$30 now.

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