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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.

Montana East Trail Challenge

December 15th, 2015 | Posted by Rich in All My Listings | Blog Post - (0 Comments)

My wife and I recently hosted a trail challenge event that’s  a little different from the usual obstacle course.  We set up a 2 mile course through our pasture and wooded area that included several creek crossings, a gate opening, 5 jumps, a dismount and mount on the offside,  2 grab a card stops, a steep hill/slide we like to call Snowy River, approximately 1/4 mile navigating through Talking Rock Creek, and a trailer loading as the final obstacle. The contestants are not rated on how skillfully they do the obstacles.  It is strictly on how fast they do the course.  The winning time was a fast 18 minutes and 15 seconds. When the contestants hit the bell at the finish line they were all out of breath, but had a big smile on their faces. It was a fun event with no injuries or unintentional dismounts.  We hope to do it again next year.

Western Dressage

November 5th, 2015 | Posted by Rich in All My Listings | Blog Post - (0 Comments)

Recently I participated in a Western Dressage clinic put on by our local club.  Cheryl Pritchard, Certified WDAA Trainer,  instructed us on this new and upcoming discipline in Georgia.  It was a lot of fun. My horse Magical Bee Tuff, aka Three Socks, did really well.  I think that he has a future in this sport.

I’ve had a couple closings in the last 30 days and am looking for new listings.  If you’re thinking of selling, please give me a call (770-289-7272).  I enjoy helping people buy and sell horse farms almost as much as I do spending time with my horses.  Almost, but not quite.:)

Recently listed this 10 acre property located just north of Cartersville in Bartow County.  It is ready for horses or other farm animals and has public water, electricity, and septic already on the property.

Click Here for details and pictures.

One of the real enjoyments my wife and I have on our farm is watching the wild life. Seeing a flock of turkeys cross our pasture or a doe with her fawn grazing in the early daylight hours is something we never tire of.  However, none of that surpasses the excitement of a rare sighting of a bald eagle.   Even experienced birders stop what they’re doing and just watch. Recently, an immature bald eagle was sighted on Beech  Creek Farm in Jasper.  When something like that occurs I think of how fortunate I am to live where I do.  North Georgia is a wonderful place to live and farms such as Beech Creek Farm offer a great lifestyle whether you’re into horses or other pursuits that require acreage.  Check out a video of Beech Creek Farm by clicking here.  For details about the property click here.  With Beech Creek Farm you don’t need to visit an aviary to see a bald eagle!

Just placed on the market.  This 38 acre horse property has it all for your horses.  Located in Talking Rock, Pickens County, Georgia it includes an 11 stall stables with all the features, approximately 2500 square feet of living space, a covered arena, 26 acres of established pasture and 10 acres of wooded area with bridle paths. Click here for more information

Just listed property in Murray County with lots of potential as a horse property.  Mostly in pasture with a year round creek, property currently being used for hay production. This is a real nice parcel at an affordable price. Click here for details.

Just received a contract for the 72 acre parcel in Resaca on the Gordon/Murray County line.  This is a great property and the buyer will be using it for recreational purposes including horseback riding and hunting during seasons.  There are some great deals out there for this kind of property. Let me know if I can help you find your piece of heaven.  Call me on my cell at 770-289-7272.

Just reduced hobby farm in Cherokee County, Georgia to $315,900!  This exquisitely maintained 4/3 home with barn is on a quiet country road in an excellent location close to Lake Allatoona and several boat ramps.  Details on Cherokee County page.

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.