Some people know exactly what they want when shopping for real estate that they don't even bother looking over all the real estate listing options. They just hire a real estate agent and tell them what they want. Then the real estate agent goes out and finds exactly what their client wants. No going from home showing to home showing.
Not every prospective real estate owner is like that though. Most actually take their time with the process because they aren't quite sure exactly what it is they want. Some know what they want but can't find it. While others just know they want to buy a piece of real estate property but have no real ideas of what they specifically want.
Whether you want to buy a ranch or farm in a city we need to tell you that it's not going to be as easy buying such types of real estate as it would be buying a house or condo. First off, there are more houses and condos available for sale in the city than there are ranches and farms. It's just a classic example of supply versus demand.
Secondly, the city you live in may not be equipped for farm or ranch style of living. Most areas on the outskirts of town would be more suitable to you if you want to own a ranch or farm. You might find an farm here or there but they might not be for sale. Your best bet is to search the listings of real estate properties located outside of city limits if you want to own a farm or ranch.
Buying a farm is something you do only if you know you can handle everything that comes with being a farm or ranch owner. You're going to have horses to take care of, stables to clean, and waterers to buy.
Depending on the size of the lot your new farm or ranch is located on and the size of your family you might even have to hire people to come aboard as a makeshift staff for your farm or ranch. Are you ready for the responsibilities this lifestyle entails?
If buying a farm is what you want then start talking with a real estate agent that specializes in that area. You're going to want somebody knowledgeable to guide you through the process.