How to Buy Federal Land

How to Buy Federal Land
This historic lighthouse was recently up for auction at $15,000.

Land Sales via GSA Auction

Step 1

Go to https://extportal.pbs.gsa.gov/ResourceCenter/PRHomePage/loadPRHomePage.do?type=full. The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) provides listings and sales of government assets no longer considered useful to the government. This page lists all the locations with available real estate.

Step 2

Click on the town or city of your choice and find a listing that fits your needs. Read all the restrictions and requirements to make sure you're eligible to bid on the property.

Step 3

Get in touch with the "point of contact" agent whose information is posted on the property listing. Give the agent your full name, contact information, the GSA Control Number of the property and any other necessary information. If you're eligible, you'll be invited to bid.

Step 4

Follow the agent's instructions to bid on the property. If your bid wins, the land is yours.

BLM Land Sales

Step 1

Determine the state in which you want to buy land.

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) manages protected lands. BLM land is generally unimproved (no roads or services) and is sold at fair market value, determined by government research. Listings are managed by each state individually. As of 2009, most BLM land sales took place in Nevada, but there are opportunities around the country.

Step 2

Go to http://www.blm.gov and find information on your state of choice. Look for the FLTFA (Federal Land Transaction Facilitation Act) contact for your state.

Step 3

Contact the FLTFA office and let them know you're an interested buyer. They will give you information on listings and opportunities in your state.