A buyer interested in purchasing riverfront land can locate listings on sites such as eBay, Land Watch, Land and Farm and Craigslist. Each site offers different tools for filtering results, communicating with the seller and, in some cases, options for purchasing the land directly through the site itself.
One of the most important aspects a buyer needs to keep in mind when looking at riverfront or other waterfront land is that the focus should be on the property itself rather than any structures on the land. Regardless of how much a buyer likes a specific house or other structure, the true value of the property is a reflection of the land.
A buyer needs to think about the quality of the water on the property, the view of the river or other natural features on the land and the property's proximity to other positive or negative aspects in the area. For example, a piece of riverfront land with a large luxury home has a lower resell value if the river has trash and other debris in it and the views are of nearby industrial complexes rather than a forest.
A buyer should, however, still consider the quality of any structures on the land. A home built on a riverfront that is not designed to withstand the weather in the area or is not braced for potential land erosion is a safety hazard.