Buying Cabins and Remote Land in Alaska

by on June 10, 2012The Realestate.com Team

Whether purchasing property to use as your primary residence, a vacation home or investment property, Alaska real estate has much to offer. From its vast and unaltered landscape to its quaint villages and sea ports, Alaska is a nature lover’s paradise. What’s more, it’s a buyer’s market, and those looking at Alaska land and cabins for sale can expect to negotiate a fair purchase price.

If you’re considering buying cabins or remote property in Alaska, here are a few things to consider:

alaska land and cabins for saleChoosing a Property to Buy

The first step in your property search is to determine which property type will fit your needs. Are you looking for undeveloped land or a property with a cabin or other existing structure? Will the property be a primary residence, a second home or an investment? If it’s a vacation home, how far are you willing to travel to access it? Would you prefer a remote Alaska property or something closer to town?

Identifying your wish list and being as specific as possible with your real estate agent will help him or her to match properties that best suit your needs.

Viewing Remote Land in Alaska

After you’ve settled on the type of property you’re looking for, your real estate agent will arrange a viewing of property listings that match your wish list. When it comes to viewing remote Alaska properties, you can never be too prepared. Debra Leisek of Broker Bay Realty offers buyers the following advice when viewing remote property for sale in Alaska:

  • Get the right help. Choose a real estate agent who knows the area and property, including any seasonal restrictions for accessing the property.
  • Map the location. Arial and other maps, compass, and knowledge of the location are all important to have on hand when looking at a remote property.
  • Have a travel plan. Make smart choices in how you are going to see the property. Make sure vehicles can handle the terrain and are in proper working order with enough fuel to get there and get back.
  • Be prepared. Check ahead for weather factors and possible problems. Wear proper clothing and bring seasonal survival gear, food, water and first aid.
  • Watch for wildlife. Know what to do in case you come across a bear or moose on the property, and make sure the agent or home seller is prepared to handle this kind of situation.

Loan Considerations & Owner Financing

Another consideration when buying remote property in Alaska is which type of financing you are eligible for. If purchasing undeveloped land, you may find that your loan options are more limited than if you were buying an existing structure. Mortgage lenders often shy away from offering full financing for undeveloped land or unfinished cabins as there is no collateral and greater risk to the lender. In these cases, you may find you need a larger down payment or settle for a higher interest rate on your loan. You could also look for a remote property for sale with owner financing. While owner financing is less common than using a traditional bank loan, it could be an attractive option for both buyers and sellers in some cases.

Whichever property or loan type you choose, the right amount of research and preparation can make buying a remote property or cabin in Alaska an enjoyable experience and a rare opportunity to enjoy the best that nature has to offer.

{ 12 comments… read them below or add one }

judy jackson December 14, 2014 at 7:03 pm

im looking for a cabin in the wood and out in the wilderness to be left al one on neighbor’s at all’ i want to fishing and hunting’ and live off the land and have a peace of mind’ the only way to get to me is’ by boat or by airplane i have live in the wood’s befor and i love it’ i want to go back to it’ i looking to rent to own’ that will not cost a lot’ i don’t have a lot of money im on a fix income so if there is someone out there who can help me out to make my dream come true’ and can help me in god’s name; it is a time of giveing it is almost christmas so let see if god can do his word and if someone has a good heart i can only paid 500.00 a month than you from judy jackson hope to here from you soon

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Tony November 21, 2014 at 8:24 pm

I’m a 60 year old Alaska’n who grow up no a homestead,I’m looking for land and a cabin off road. Some pace to get a way to.

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Joseph F. Buckley May 14, 2014 at 4:10 pm

I am just getting out of being in the military for just under 8 years. Ideally I would want a property with a stream or a body of water to fish, with woods or close to US land or public land to hunt. It does not need to have any structures on it, I would prefer it to be within an hour or two drive from a town. Being able to drive into it would also be preferable, I want to live on my own and generally away from people.

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ken foster January 30, 2014 at 9:52 pm

We are looking for remote land with cabin, good drainage on land not swampy. On a lake front property, must be able to access it by ATV and snowmobile. Looking in a area with no taxes. I can pay cash for right property. Thank you ken

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ken foster March 12, 2014 at 3:32 am

Hi

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Hunter November 3, 2013 at 1:19 pm

Hi,

Been to Alaska 12 times from south to north. Love it hunting, fishing, norhern lights

Looking for a place to hunt from, on or near public or US land. Prefer a small log or cedar cabin style. My wife does need a place to eat and shop.

Prefer to be less than $100K, I have cash.

Bill

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Robert Williams September 30, 2013 at 5:09 pm

Looking for 20 acres or more with cabin or house within a few miles from homer
Close to ocean with well and elec. or gen. quick hunting access.
Can be smaller acreage if backs to national forest.

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Michael Coefield May 22, 2013 at 6:01 pm

I am looking for a remote plot of land with a cabin already built with water (hot and cold) only accessible by 4×4, four wheeler, ect. must be able to hunt and fish.. but still want a low cost.

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charles lesperance May 23, 2013 at 1:43 pm

I have a 2 bedroom 1 bath home full basement on allmost 7 acers great view of mt redoubt good moose and bear hunting right off the porch. 3/4 mile driveway off sterling hwy yearround road will sell fernished and 85 3/4 ton snow plow and sears lawnmower and 16 ft boat 35 hp motor for 125000 obo

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dennis rhea May 25, 2013 at 6:40 am

Do you still have it and do you have any pictures of it?

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Matthew & Lisa Yelton March 24, 2013 at 8:35 am

We are looking to do this very same thing. Have you received many responses to your post?

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Jonathan Moore February 10, 2013 at 12:23 pm

Hi we are looking to relocate to a remote area of Alaska. We know what we are wanting but are having trouble locating the perfect place. We need help. We want to be off of the grid with access by atv, snowmobile, boat, or plane. Plane being last resort. We have 3 small kids that we will be home schooling. With that being said. We need to be able to get to town if it is a have to do thing. We would like to have atleast a shed for temp housing til we can get the cabin built that we want. We need a stream close by. Hunting, fishing, etc. We want to do it on our own for the most part but have access for what is a have to have.
Thank you Jonathan & Jamie Moore

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