A Horse Lovers Guide to Buying Property
If you are a horse owner, or even just somebody who has dreamed of owning their own horse, I bet that you have fantasized about having your horse on your own property. I have owned horses on and off (mostly on) for the past 36 years. The times when I have been able to sit on my front porch and see my horse grazing peacefully in an adjacent pasture have been some of my favorites!
If you are purchasing property for your horses, there are a lot of variables to consider. Here are some tips on what to look for when you are searching out your perfect horse property:
Your current needs are important, but remember to think long-term, too: Give some thought to what your current property needs are and how those needs can evolve. Are you looking for a property with pasture where your horses can graze and take shelter under the natural windbreak of trees or a run-in shed? Will you be looking for a property with a barn or building a barn? Do you need a riding arena? Are you looking for trails you can get to on horseback or will you be planning to trailer to your riding destinations? Is the property for pets, pleasure riding, performance animals, or breeding? Decide how you want your property to function so that you can select a property that will have some longevity for your vision.
Location Location Location
Location is everything, especially for the horse owner. In Western North Carolina, there are some locations that, while rural and beautiful, may be very difficult to drive a horse trailer to. Pay attention not only to the physical location, therefore, but to the potential drive to and from the property. Will you be riding on your property? On nearby roads? Adjacent trails? Will you be trailering to and from some of the beautiful trail systems that we have access to in Western North Carolina? You might consider purchasing property that gives you easy access to Dupont State Forest, Turkey Pen, The Biltmore Estate, or Coleman Boundary so that, once the truck is hitched to the trailer, it is a short and stress-free drive to your ultimate riding destination.
Are you pasturing your horses? If so, a reliable creek running through the property can be a god send – it provides a constant source or water to your horses, is in contact with the earth so remains warmer, meaning it is far less likely to freeze over. When water freezes over or gets very cold, horses can drink less and their chances of a deadly colic episode increase dramatically. If your horses are going to be stalled – or if the pasture does not offer a natural water source – is there city water or good well water (with a good well water pressure) readily available. Hauling buckets of water from your home to the barn is difficult, time consuming and can get old fast.
Speaking of water…if you are pasturing your horses, you will want to consider the water drainage of the property you are considering. Pay attention to flood plains and flooding patterns. Is there higher ground where your horse can get to if the streams and rivers start overflowing their banks? Is there a grade to the pasture that allows natural runoff of excess water? You will want to find a pasture graded with some run off but still flat enough that it is usable. What is the soil like? Very rocky soil can be a challenge to good pasture land. Do you have enough land for the number of horses you plan on grazing there? Unless you are planning on supplementing with hay, the general rule is to allow at least two acres of grazing for the first horse and one acre for each horse or pony after that. Provision also needs to be made for every part of the pasture to be rested for at least six weeks, twice a year. Ideally you set your pasture system up in a way that you can rotate horses from one pasture to another to allow recovery time to each pasture.
Know Your Community Ordinances
Remember to research what can be done on your property. Is livestock allowed? How many buildings can be built on your property per the local zoning laws and ordinances? Are you planning on running an equine-based business out of the property? What are the zoning regulations in regards to that? Be careful that you learn how your vision aligns with the local laws and ordinances before you become financially invested in the property.
Buy? Build? And Great Expectations
It might be tough to find just the perfect property with both your dream home and your dream barn. If you find a property that “has it all” but is not what you had envisioned, assess the bones of the property. If the basic structures are in good shape, it might make financial sense to consider renovating that property. This takes the ability to “put on your future goggles” and see the property for what it COULD be. If you find the right property with either the right home or the right barn, it may be worth building either a home or a barn in order to have the property you desire. In a perfect world, all the stars align and you find just the right place with everything you need at a doable price. Rarely is it a perfect world scenario, so be prepared to think out of the box.
Know your budget before you begin your process, and keep a wary eye open for properties that might require a lot of extra investment after purchase that will take you far beyond your budget and delay your dream. It can make more financial sense to spend more up front on a property that is ready for use than to buy a piece of land that costs little initially but requires a lot of investment when it comes to adding roads, driveways, utilities, correcting drainage issues, building structures and fences… In short, make sure to be looking at the BIG PICTURE when assessing a property.
Don’t Go It Alone
There is a lot to consider when purchasing your horse property. A qualified real estate broker will be a great partner for you on your quest for the property of your dreams. They will be able to connect you with properties you will otherwise miss, alert you to the strengths and weaknesses of a property and be able to advocate for you so that you get the best possible price on the property. Choosing a Broker who knows the area and is an experienced rider / equestrian will give you a big advantage as they will be able to recognize properties that are good fits for your dreams and will be able to steer you away from properties that should be avoided. Don’t be afraid to research and interview your broker to be sure they are the professional you are hoping for and that they are a good personality match for you as well. You will be spending some time together as you find your property – you may as well enjoy the process!
Julie and her horse, Hershey.
Written by Julie Tallman, Broker, REALTOR. Connect with Julie at firstname.lastname@example.org to see how she can help you choose the best property for your needs.
DixonPacifica Celebrates Three Years
Think back to January 2013. Bruno Mars “Locked out of Heaven” was top of the charts. The economy was starting to recover, and DixonPacifica opened its doors to residents and aspiring-to-be-residents of Asheville, North Carolina. What started as two locals talking big dreams over a cup of coffee has since grown into a multi-million dollar real estate company. In January 2013, DixonPacifica was born.
Much has happened since then: Asheville’s population has grown about 4% (That’s 14,000 new residents!), 16 breweries have opened in the Asheville area, and our downtown office has overlooked 47 Friday night drum circles in Pritchard Park. We have made a point to put down sturdy roots and invest in the Asheville area. Our brokers are on boards and committees for the Boys & Girls Club, United Way, school PTO’s and the Buncombe County Sports Commission, and because of our brokers’ success, DixonPacifica is able to contribute to local charities including Manna Food Bank, Brother Wolf, Boys & Girls Club, Buncombe County Schools Foundation and United Way. In support of fellow small businesses, we’ve had fun taking clients and friends to Asheville Tourist games, LaZoom tours, the Holiday Parade, Downtown after 5 socials, wine tastings and bike events. We deeply value the relationships we’ve built with clients, agents and the community over this time and appreciate the confidence you have shown to us.
We know our team of brokers is truly the reason we’ve been successful beyond our expectations. We are honored to work with such hard-working and trustworthy professionals. They constantly strive to offer the highest quality advice and representation to our clients, and we are thankful for everything they do. Since opening, we are proud to have been able to hire nine brokers with a combined 74 years of real estate experience, and they’ve certainly proven their skill with more than $55 million in sales and over 130 homes sold in Western North Carolina and Upstate South Carolina.
One thing that’s been confirmed to us since DixonPacifica started is that real estate is constantly changing. We seek out and embrace new technology and are one of the most agile real estate companies in the area. If there is a program or strategy which improves the service we provide we are quick to implement it, which is why we’re the only paperless real estate office in WNC.
Looking forward we want to continuing growing our company while maintaining our high standards. Our brokers are carefully chosen for their communication and negotiation skills, pro-active nature, ability to fully understand a client’s needs and be trusted advisors. Our agents make DixonPacifica what it is, and we are proud of them. It’s been an amazing three years and we look forward to many more.
Arden Broker Open House Today
Bethany Behrmann will be holding a broker open house today at 120 Christa Lane in Arden, NC. This home features:
– 4 Bedrooms 3.5 bathrooms
– 5300 Square feet
– MLS 575644
Beautiful two story home with walkout lower level and mountain views in Powder Creek Estates. Hardwood floors, granite counters, glass back splash are just a few notable features. Private, wooded setting with two large decks for entertaining or taking in the views. Custom closet systems, generator and tons of storage. Like new condition and move-in ready.
DixonPacifica Real Estate Is Excited To Welcome Holly Martin!
Holly is an #Asheville native and for 17 years she found immense joy teaching, coaching and mentoring high school students. She played field hockey for four years at Davidson College and continues to coach at Carolina Day. Her husband, Mark, is a local real estate attorney and a great resource for her clients. As you can imagine real estate is a constant topic of conversation in her home, and she strives to stay current on the latest legal, marketing and sales trends. Holly is ready to help you with all of your real estate needs. You can reach her at email@example.com.
Just Listed in Arden
228 Judson Ridge Rd Arden, NC
MLS # 562957
Call Bethany Behrmann, 828-777-3040- to schedule a showing. Click here to see home.
-Over 4,500sf of home on private, wooded 1.23 acre lot. Lower level perfect for an in-law suite or for entertaining. This home features hardwood floors, stainless appliances,wiring for sound, mature landscaping & much more. Enjoy a morning coffee on the deck and relax in the evening in the hot tub. Powder Creek Estates adjoins Pisgah National Forest offering great access to hiking and exploring.
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