FAQs

How do I purchase one of the properties for sale?

 The $399 documentation fee secures the property for you. 


Click the Buy Now button and complete the Checkout Process. We receive a notification that your $399 documentation fee has been made. This will automatically start the closing documentation process and you will receive an email with your payment confirmation and next steps within minutes.  We will contact you to confirm your preferred payment method for the purchase price.


The purchase price may be paid by Wire Transfer, Cashier’s Check, ACH Bank Draft, Credit Card and/or Debit Card. We make the whole process super simple and we can complete your purchase in as little as 1 business day.


Once we received payment, we sign over the land to you via a Grant Deed or Warranty Deed and mail all original documents to you along with instructions about recording the Deed in your county. That’s it – once you received and recorded the Deed you own the land and can begin enjoying it.  (Let us know if you prefer to have us record the deed). 


In some cases we may decide to close via escrow with American Title, or an attorney. 


Call, text, or email us at  773- 832-7118   or service@grayduckproperties.com  with questions about purchasing a property .

What can you tell me about the property?

 We purchase real property for the sole purpose of re-selling it. Everything we know about each parcel is stated in the listing.

Why is the land so inexpensive?

Our family is in the business of buying and selling land - we do not hold properties longer than we have to.  We buy them at low prices and are able to move them fast by selling them low too. They are typically 30% - 50%  lower than  retail prices!


How do you acquire it to resell so cheap?

We send offers directly to owners and purchase those parcels that are  unused or no longer wanted, with the purpose of getting the land back to its original use of enjoyment. Buying direct allows us to find land that is off market and because we buy at discounted prices, we pass the savings onto buyers. 


Remember, we own the land we sell and are not real estate agents;  saving both sellers and buyers even more.  

May I tour the property before I buy it?

Absolutely! We'll  leave a key right under the door mat.  Kidding aside, some land you can drive to and others require some ingenuity (think 4-wheeling). With GPS coordinates we provide in the  listing entered in  your smart phone’s GPS map (there are free apps for this ) you should be able to locate the spot of your land easily; you don’t need to ask, just go. In fact, many times a buyer will call us during their land tour and purchase it right then. 

What about property taxes or liens?

The annual property tax is provided in each property description. Unless otherwise stated,  all our properties are sold free & clear of liens and encumbrances and the taxes are current. 

May I raise crops or animals on the property?

 On larger rural lots, probably, but each county has their own land use restrictions. This should be a part of your due diligence. We recommend you call the local county or township to check land use and zoning prior to purchasing.

May I put a camper, shipping container, or tiny house on the property?

 We sure hope so, because that would be cool. If you do, send us pictures. The answer is probably. However, each county has their own land use restrictions. This should be part of your due diligence. We recommend you call the local county or township to check land use and zoning prior to purchasing.

Is APN the same as a Parcel Number or a PIN?

 Yes, APN stands for Assessor’s Parcel Number or more commonly referred to as the parcel number.  Some counties use Property ID Number (PIN). They all mean the same thing – a unique identifier given to each parcel of land that the county uses to collect taxes. 

Are mineral rights included?

If we buy with mineral rights, we sell with mineral rights! However, unless indicated in the description, mineral rights are not included.  In our years of business, we have never found this to be an issue with any of the properties we have bought or sold. If mineral rights are a concern, this should be a part of your due diligence. 

Do I need a real estate agent or attorney to buy or sell land?

Legally, in most cases, no. Buying and selling land is not at all like buying houses – it’s very easy. We’ve simplified the buying process with straightforward, easy-to-read contracts, most are one page in length. Of course, we encourage you to hire a professional if you think it’s necessary, but we’ve done our best to make the process easy for anyone to understand. 

Can we use escrow to close?

Sure, but it’s not always necessary and it will add to buyers’ fees. Signing over a deed is just that – if you sell us your land we send a notary to the location of your choice, you sign the deed and the notary gives you the cashier’s check. Or, on the buy side, you provide the payment and we sign the deed over to you. In most cases, we take care of all the county recording and filing. Buying land is no more challenging than buying a car from a private party. Who knew?

Do you offer title insurance?

Generally, no, except on very large purchases.   We have the tools and data to do a thorough title check that goes back 30 years. We do this for every property prior to purchasing. We sure don’t want a non-marketable title either. If we get it wrong, we’ll happily take back the land and provide a full refund of the sale price.  However, if you would like to pay for it, we can sure obtain title insurance.