All of the above. We've been scouting really hard for about 6 to 8 months. We've gotten a realtor that's been very helpful and been hard on the lookout ourselves. We've looked withing about an hour's drive. Everything past that is either already full of nice haunts or is too far!!
We're renting to own our building. Our main one was rent free with 30% going to the building owner. That fell through but was a blessing really. Now we're paying $2,000 a month, split in half with half being paid by month and rest at end of season. It has a house on it and has 150 parking spots and is beside a good size factory with tons of parking as well. We would rent it, but it's such a good deal to go ahead and RTOwn it.
Just don't settle for a spot in your own town, unless it's a prime spot. My town is 26,000 people with ZERO haunts that are considered "nice" or "pro" And we're 20 min's away from a 76,000 town that has only 1 "nice" haunt with some much smaller haunts and they all do ok it seems. I'd try to get that 76k town, but rent is UNGODLY high there! We'll market a lot for that area and try to reel them into this town. Plus, those folks have to drive through my town to get to the big haunt in Piggott, 45 min's north from here.
Hope this helps a bit. All I can say is NEVER stop looking! you never know what you've missed. We thought we were done in this town, after locking in this place, we found 2 more spots that'd been suitable, with less rent, BUT, we're still in a better deal.