Trying to get started in farming and being self sufficient on the farm, we were presented with a great opportunity to purchase some 10 year old hog finishers on contract with no down payment. Sounds pretty easy decision and it was. I met with the owner and we discussed price, contract, etc. I left the meeting feeling pretty excited but needed some time to figure out what it was going to cost to do some updates and get thing qouted and then meet with some financial advisers to just make sure everything was kosher. In a span of 9 days I did not talk to the owner but thought I left the impression that we were more than interested in pursuing this. Day 9 I tracked him down at his day job to set up a time to finalize things. He says to me he hadn't heard from me last week, so he approached someone else who offered him a cash deal. I can't blame him for taking that. He's 64 and ready to be done. I guess my point being is that when an opportunity arises to acquire buildings, land, equipment, etc at extremely reasonable prices, jump all over it and don't wait. Also make sure you stay in constant contact with the seller, keeping those lines of communication open, even if you feel like you're bugging them, and don't assume anything! The guy who offered the cash deal has this week to come up with the cash, otherwise the ball will be back in my court. Let's hope for our sake (selfishly) that he can't come up with it.