8 American Towns That’ll Pay You to Move There

Pack you bags. These towns offer a lot more than good schools and friendly neighbors

New Haven, Connecticut

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New Haven offers $10,000, interest-free, to use as a down payment on a new home or to cover closing costs. If you’re a city employee, such as a teacher, firefighter, police officer, or military member, you get an extra $2,500 on top of that. New Haven also gives you $30,000 in forgivable loans to make energy-savings upgrades to your home. And, because they also want you have a good education, they guarantee free in-state college tuition to any student that graduates from New Haven Public schools.

Baltimore, Maryland

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Baltimore has two programs that will pay you to move there. If you meet certain qualifications, one program offers you a $5,000 forgivable loan for buying a new house in the city. If you buy a distressed home, they will give you $10,000 to cover the down payment and closing costs.

Curtis, Nebraska

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Curtis lets you build your own home. If you construct a single-family home within a certain time period, you get the lot of land the house is built on for free.

Harmony, Minnesota

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In Harmony, you can get a cash rebate for your home. The Harmony Economic Development Authority wants to encourage people to build new homes in the town, so if you do, you can get up to $12,000 back. An added bonus is that there are no restrictions based off of your current residency, income, or age.

Marne, Iowa

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If you want free land, move to Marne. All you have to do is build a new home that is a minimum of 1,200 square feet and you’ll get the land it sits on for free. But, if you’re looking to have a lot of guests over, this may not be the place for you. The population is a mere 114.

Niagara Falls, New York

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Recent college graduates, you may want to pack your bags and move up to this landmark town. The city will pay out almost $7,000 of your student loans over the course of two years if you agree to live in certain neighborhoods.

New Richland, Minnesota

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This town has a lot to offer. Golf courses, lakes, and bike trails are all around. If you build a new home within a year of receiving the land’s deed in certain subdivisions, the new property will be free.

Marquette, Kansas

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Spare land out in Kansas is not hard to come by. The town’s population has been declining since the 1990s; to entice more residents to move there, Marquette is giving out free plots of land. To qualify, you must build your home within a year of buying the land and live there for a minimum of one year after the home is completed.[Sources: housebeautiful.comthepennyhoarder.com]

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