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A tiny house doesn't need the same amount of land as a traditional one, but learning how to buy this land is still a tedious process.

To buy land for a tiny house, find a real estate agent and begin searching for land. The tiny house measurements and dimensions are required to find the right piece of land. Next, set up property assessments, make an offer to buy, and secure financing to close the deal.

One of the great things about buying land for a tiny house is the low cost. It doesn't have to break the bank because only a little land is needed, but prices vary based on location. We have experience going through this process and explain all of the necessary steps below.

Key Takeaways

  • We recommend hiring a realtor to buy land for a tiny house because they can assist with finding the land, negotiating prices, setting up property assessment, and closing.
  • Because tiny houses are small, not much land is needed to build one. The average house only needs about 0.02 acres.
  • The best places to find available land for a tiny house online include Zillow, Land And Farm, and Land Is Home.

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How To Buy Land For A Tiny House

Land is the most critical and costly component of a tiny house. It is the foundation which all other components are built upon. When we buy land, it should be for a specific purpose, and we should know what we will build on it.

Buying land for a tiny house is more challenging than it sounds. Tons of research is required, and potential buyers need to make sure sizing is adequate and that it's a viable place for a tiny home.

This includes finding land, securing funding, negotiating prices, etc. We’ll explain how to do it in a few simple steps.

Find A Real Estate Agent

We recommend working with a real estate agent closely from the start to buy land for a tiny house. This will make everything easier, including finding available land and getting the best prices.

Search For Land

Next, it’s time to search for land. As we mentioned, this can be done with a real estate agent in the area or by using online resources with live listings.

This includes online resources like Zillow, Land And Farm, and Land Is Home.

Set Up Property Assessments

When buying land for a tiny house, a few assessments and inspections need to be done first. This includes an environmental assessment and an understanding of the area's zoning laws.

This is an essential step during the land-buying process. Otherwise, renovating land or purchasing additional permits will be costly to allow a tiny house on the property.

Make An Offer

Once we find our property and get our assessments done, we can comfortably make an offer on the land. Our real estate agent will guide us through the negotiations to ensure we are getting a good price.

Get Financing

After the offer is accepted, the new focus is on securing financing. In some cases, this might not be necessary, depending on the total spent for the property.

For example, Rural Vacant Land is an option, and they have plenty of lots available for under $10,000. This includes financing with small monthly payments.


Finally, it’s time to close on the property. After closing, the focus shifts to moving the tiny house to the newly purchased land.

How To Find Land To Buy For A Tiny House

Tiny houses are becoming increasingly popular as a way to live sustainably. However, they can be expensive to build, buy, and own without proper planning.

Land Location

We need to decide where we want to live. Many people fall into the trap of trying to buy land close to a city until they realize how much the costs rise.

We prefer to live a bit farther away in more rural areas because it's significantly more affordable. There are also fewer laws and regulations to worry about building a tiny house there.

Land And House Size

The size of the property is another factor to consider when deciding where to build a tiny house.

We want the property large enough for our home but not so large that it takes up too much space or costs too much money. Typically, tiny houses won’t require a lot any bigger than 1/4 an acre.

Zoning Laws

Lastly, consider the environmental regulations and zoning laws in an area before buying any land. Many cities or counties even have a minimum square footage required for homes.

How Much Land Is Needed For A Tiny House?

The average tiny house can range in size, but we recommend at least 50 to 500 square feet.

The good thing about a tiny house is not much land is needed. This keeps the cost down and makes installing and building the house extremely easy.

Anything larger than 750-1,000 square feet extends the house size past tiny and into the small house area. Generally, we recommend 250 square feet as the best size in most cases.

250 square feet is approximately 0.0057 acres. For a house this size, we’d recommend a land size of 0.02 acres to allow for enough building space and a small yard.

However, it’s also possible to buy a small plot of land in a tiny house community. This would be more compact with less space, but it would be cheaper too.

Where to Buy Land for A Tiny House?

A realtor is one of the best ways to find land to buy for a tiny house. However, it’s also possible to use online resources to find available lots for affordable prices.

We recommend using Zillow, Land And Farm, and Land Is Home.


Zillow is one of the leading real estate platforms. It’s most widely known for purchasing homes, but they also have tons of listings for raw and vacant land.

Land And Farm

Land And Farm is a dedicated resource to buy and sell farm and rural land. It has properties from all over the country, and it's one of our favorite places to find good deals on land.

Land Is Home

Lastly, Land Is Home is another great resource with lots of land listings, financing, and low down payments to acquire a piece of land for a tiny house.

How Much Does Land Cost For A Tiny Home?

It’s difficult to say precisely how much land costs because prices vary widely based on location. However, a small piece of raw land in a rural area costs under $6,000.

This land would provide plenty of space for a tiny home and only a few thousand dollars in work to make the land liveable. More developed land in higher-demand areas can cost well over $100,000 for the same lot.

To help make it easier to understand, we created this chart with the price per acre of land in each US state. This is based on state averages, and more developed land will cost much more.

State Average Cost Per Acre
Alabama $3,500
Arizona $4,328
Arkansas $6,739
California $39,092
Colorado $6,462
Connecticut $128,824
Delaware $57,692
Florida $28,961
Georgia $14,242
Idaho $3,435
Illinois $23,492
Indiana $16,903
Iowa $6,590
Kansas $4,220
Kentucky $7,209
Louisiana $12,908
Maine $6,142
Maryland $75,429
Massachusetts $102,214
Michigan $23,765
Minnesota $8,191
Mississippi $5,565
Missouri $7,233
Montana $2,283
Nebraska $2,936
Nevada $2,116
New Hampshire $19,840
New Jersey $196,410
New Mexico $1,931
New York $41,314
North Carolina $16,230
North Dakota $2,517
Ohio $32,077
Oklahoma $7,364
Oregon $6,503
Pennsylvania $31,923
Rhode Island $133,730
South Carolina $17,610
South Dakota $2,135
Tennessee $14,411
Texas $7,542
Utah $4,664
Vermont $7,439
Virginia $21,921
Washington $16,752
West Virginia $10,537
Wisconsin $9,924
Wyoming $1,558


Brittany Melling

Brittany Melling

Brittany has been in the land business since 2020 when the world was starting to shut down. Since then, we’ve sold to dozens of people from ATV weekend warriors to camping enthusiasts to retired truck drivers. Our inventory spans mostly in the western United States. We’ve been trained by experience, land acquisition courses, and hundreds of hours meeting with county assessors and clerks, zoning officials, realtors, and land investors. We’ve answered hundreds of questions from people regarding the buying and use of land.

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