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Even when working with a Realtor just about everyone uses the internet for independently sourced information on available properties.   And there’s a lot of information out there from sites such as Zillow, Trulia, and Realtor.com.  These sites have lots of good information.  Unfortunately some of it is inaccurate.  Certainly this is not intentional on their part.  These sites pull their information from other sites such as the multiple list services and tax assessor data.  Since this is an automated process, sometimes not all information is pulled correctly nor is the information always complete.  These sites know this.  As an example, Zillow with its Zestimate of property values includes a major disclaimer and suggests that its information is only a start.

 

Horse properties with acreage are particularly susceptible to inaccuracies for a couple reasons.  First, many horse properties have been divided into different parcels for financing reasons.  Those properties may have several tax records i.e., one for the home on limited acreage and another for the land.  Any site that gathers the tax assessor information may be only reflecting one parcel, not the entire property.  This affects the displayed annual taxes and any evaluation made by that site. Secondly, the land value indicated in the tax records may not reflect current market value of the property based on recent sales in that area.  It is highly unlikely that the local tax assessor adjusts land values on a frequent basis. Thirdly, there are hundreds of multiple list services from which these sites pull information. If the local MLS doesn’t pass barn/stables information to these sites then the horse properties will not come up on advanced searches that include barn/stables criteria.   In short, these sites are more well suited for sub-division type properties than they are for rural properties with outbuildings and acreage.

 

A couple sites that I particularly like for rural properties are www.landandfarm.com and www.landsofamerica.com.  These sites get their information directly from the seller and have data fields within the site suited to listing features of importance to the prospective buyer. However, even with these sites, remember that the information you get through your internet search is just a start. If you see a property that has any appeal to you, contact the seller to verify what you’re finding.  As they say, get it straight from the horse’s mouth.

Tired of the city?  Can’t take the traffic and hectic lifestyle?  Maybe you just want a quiet country getaway. Located in eastern Gordon county, this 50 acre parcel offers a wonderful country lifestyle.  Whether you’re a horse person, ATVer, hunter, or just looking for a piece of heaven in the country take a look at this one.  Click here for a short video of the property. Click here for details.

Significant price reduction on 9 acre property in Ball Ground, Georgia.  This owner is ready to sell!

Click here for details.

50 Acre Gentleman’s Farm

March 3rd, 2016 | Posted by Rich in Blog Post - (0 Comments)

Located in Hall County just outside of Gainesville is this incredible 50 acre farm.  Currently owned by a gentleman farmer who uses the property as a family getaway and keeps it in prime condition.  I was on this property yesterday and I can tell you it is a big 50 acres and would be excellent as a large horse operation, for other livestock, or as a family compound. Possible additional acreage available  Click here for details and pictures.

Looking for a Large Tract?

February 23rd, 2016 | Posted by Rich in All My Listings | Blog Post - (0 Comments)

Every now and then I am contacted by someone who is looking for a large tract with which to build their dream estate.    I have just reviewed a couple large tracts that have tremendous potential depending on the desires of the buyer.  Both are located in Pickens County close to Jasper.  One is approximately 200 acres with no improvements, but mostly in pasture, some wooded areas, and a nice lake.  This property also has wonderful long range views.  It would make a truly outstanding large scale horse farm. The other has more than 400 acres mostly wooded, some pasture, a lake, several outbuildings, 4 homes including a main lodge and could easily be set up to be off the grid.  With the security fencing that surrounds a major portion of the property, it would make an incredible family compound.

Now is a great time to buy land in north Georgia. The 10 to 20 acre tracts with pasture are still hard to find.   However, larger tracts are now coming on the market and the pricing has reached a point that is reflective of the market conditions.

10 Acre Bartow County property with barn, pasture, pond reduced to $184,900.  Property already has electric, water, and septic on site. Click here for details

Just listed this nice property in Cherokee County approximately one hour north of Atlanta.  If you’re looking for a affordable hobby horse farm in a peaceful country setting.  This might be the property for you. Click here for details.

Based on the current conditions at 8AM and the weather outlook according to the local TV channels,  We decided that the prudent thing to do is to change the GERL benefit concert to tomorrow, Sunday January 24th at 2PM.   I hope that you all can make it. I don’t think that we had much choice but to do this.

Rich

Juni Fisher Concert Status

January 22nd, 2016 | Posted by Rich in Blog Post - (0 Comments)

Here’s our current thinking as of 4PM Friday, January 22nd. The venue has been setup and everything is ready to go.  Juni will be staying in Chattanooga this evening and will drive to Dawsonville tomorrow in time for a sound check prior to her performance which is scheduled for 7PM.  Doors will open at 6:30PM. This all depends on the weather and, believe me, we have been watching the reports.  A final go/no go  decision on the concert will be made tomorrow (Saturday) morning at 8AM.  One option we’re considering is to postpone it to Sunday with doors opening at 2PM since it looks like it will be sunny with temperatures reaching the mid 40s on that day.  In addition to posting an announcement on this site I hope to send emails to all those who have bought tickets.  Let’s keep our fingers crossed.

Janet and I are proud to sponsor a Juni Fisher concert with the net proceeds going to the Georgia Equine Rescue League.  GERL works with various civic and government agencies to ensure the protection of our equine friends.  If you’re a horse person in Georgia then you’re familiar with the good and important work done by GERL  Juni Fisher is an award winning, nationally recognized singer and story teller. The concert will be held on Saturday, January 23rd at the Bowen Center for the Arts in Dawsonville.  Click Here for details.  This concert is sold out!