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!

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.:)

Open and Ready for Business

September 18th, 2015 | Posted by Rich in Blog Post - (0 Comments)

I just spent 10 days in north central Wyoming.  Got to see a polo match at the Big Horn Equestrian Center and visit several historical places in the area – western history being a passion of mine – including the Powder River Battlefield, Fort Phil Kearney and the Fetterman Battlefield, the TA Ranch, the Gatchell Museum, the Occidental Hotel and Saloon, and stood on the Bozeman Trail.   Rode almost every day in the Big Horns and saw some truly beautiful scenery.  If I didn’t live here in the North Georgia Mountains my second choice would be Buffalo, Wyoming.  It was a great time.  Now it’s time again for another passion of mine – helping people buy or sell horse properties in the Georgia mountains.   I have purchase contracts outstanding on properties in Murray and Dawson counties and current listings ranging from $199,000 for 10 acres with a barn to $1,050,000 for an incredible equestrian facility.  If you’re looking to buy or sell, give me a call at 770-289-7272.   I’d welcome the opportunity to assist you in achieving your horse property goals.

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.

Looking for Listings

June 10th, 2015 | Posted by Rich in Blog Post - (0 Comments)

We recently sold two land parcels – one in Cherokee County and one in Murray County. We are once again looking for additional listings.  If you’re thinking of selling whether it’s an established horse farm or raw land, please give us a call. We cover most of North Georgia and would welcome the opportunity to view and make a recommendation for your property.  We’ve been selling horse farms and land in North Georgia for 12 years and haven’t tired of it yet. We love what we do.  Give us a call at 770-289-7272 or via email at rich@richvigue.com.

Looking for land?  If so, unless you’re paying cash, you first need to get up to speed on financing possibilities relative to your requirements.  While your credit worthiness is an important factor in getting a land loan from a financial institution, the amount of down payment is critical.  Unlike mortgages for subdivision homes land loans don’t come with 3%, 4%, or 5 % down.  Typically, these loans require a minimum of 25% down or more depending on the intended use of the parcel.  Elementary math shows that if the parcel costs $100,000, that’s $25,000 down; $200,000 = $50,000 down, and so on.  If you want land, but don’t have the liquidity to pay 25% up front, the answer may be to find a parcel that comes with owner financing. Typically, owners will do financing with less down, a lower interest rate, but want a shorter term.  Like everything else in life, loan terms including rate, amortization, down payment, etc, are all negotiable.  Be honest with yourself.  Look at your needs versus your available funds, review these with a professional lender and, if need be, limit your land search to those parcels with owner financing.  You’ll save yourself and your Realtor a lot of time.