The term rural can be defined as "the comprehensive, nonspecific word referring to life on the farm or country", essentially the opposite of urban, and usually at a great distance from the nearest city center or metropolitan area. The word land is commonly known as "ground considered as property" or "the solid part of the earth's surface not covered by water". Sales is the term used for the exchange of property for an agreed sum. The combination of the three words rural land sales is commonly used in real estate when referring to the sale or acquisition of just land located in these rural areas, not usually classified as Real Property, since it does not contain a home, or other type of buildings.
In the United States, the purchase of Rural Land or raw acreage is generally for investment purposes, although some buyers intend to build a home and reside there. Often without standard utility services provided by a metropolitan municipality readily available, individuals have the responsibility to install methods of achieving a regulated standard of living. These methods, which include traditional and modern alternative methods are regulated by various legal structures to ensure their safety to the environment and neighboring residents. These may include: