Well I’m back on the job. December has been hectic to say the least. I had two closings in early December; a 55 acre parcel in Murray County and a 15 acre horse farm in Pickens County. Those were followed by a trip to Hawaii with my wife where we met up with two of our kids and their children. I’m envious of those people who go on vacation and come back rested. That certainly wasn’t the case with the Hawaii trip, but it was a lot of fun. Before leaving for Hawaii I visited a 5 acre farm with a magnificent handhewn log home and 5 stall barn located in Cherokee County, Georgia. The property is priced below the tax assessed market value at $569,900 and has additional acreage available. If you’re looking for some land with a log home, you really need to look at this one. If you’re looking to sell, now’s a good time to put your property on the market. I already have 2 more contracts scheduled to close in early January. As the Cajuns in Louisiana say,”Laissez les bons temps rouler.”
Here we are a couple weeks from the national election. It is an axiom in the real estate industry that home sales slow before elections. At least that’s the excuse we realtors use as to why your place is not selling. Word on the street (i.e., I heard this from other realtors) is that the Atlanta suburbs have recently experienced a significant slowdown in activity. Well that’s not the case in my market area. We closed on the 10 acres in Bartow County a couple weeks ago and we are scheduled to close on the 50 acre farm in Gordon County next week, the 55 acre parcel in Murray County in November, and a 15 acre farm in Pickens County in early December. That’s the good news for me. The bad news is that we need listings again. If you are considering selling your farm, please give me a call. My wife and horses would appreciate it. 770-289-7272 or email me at email@example.com.
I was a member of the event committee, a sponsor, and a volunteer at this year’s Georgia Equine Rescue League’s Rescue Challenge. Patterned after the Mustang Challenges, this involves trainers working with rescued horses and then showing what they accomplished by competing in this one day event held at the UGA Livestock Arena in Athens. The national award winning Diamond D Cowgirl Drill Team opened the event. I happened to be standing at one of the arena gates when they did their routine and caught some of it with my cell phone to show my granddaughter who’s becoming quite a horse fan. It’s not much of a video, but here it is below.
Just listed a 55 acre parcel located in Murray County. It was part of a family farm owned by the same family for a hundred years. It’s located on Barney Pierce Road only a few miles from the center of Chatsworth. For sale at $3,000/acre this is a good buy. Click here for details.
Just completed this short video of Hillside Farm in Talking Rock. The video focuses on the farm setting giving the viewer a good perspective of the farm layout. Click here for details about the farm.
Located in Hall County just outside of Gainesville is this incredible 53 acre farm. Currently owned by a gentleman farmer who uses the property as a family getaway and keeps it in prime condition. I’ve been on this property several times and I can tell you it is a big 53 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.
A friend of mine has an upscale horse property for sale that is located in southeast Cherokee County just outside of Fulton County. It is a real nice property in a quiet equestrian neighborhood and is within commuting distance to Atlanta. If you’re looking for a top-of-the-line equestrian property and want to be able to enjoy all the benefits of the Atlanta suburbs you should check it out. Click below to see details on the property.
A good friend has a 10 acre parcel for sale near Mount Rogers, Virginia in the heart of wonderful trail riding country. I’ve spent a week riding in the area and I can tell that this is trail riding heaven. Her place is located in a large valley that reminds me of southwest Montana. If you’re looking for a weekend or occasional trail riding getaway check this place out. Click here for details.
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.