As most of you know, Hubby and I are trying to find a horse property down by Camp Roberts (Paso Robles, CA).
We have to consider the regular things: cost, structure, number of bedrooms, horse facilities… on and on and on. There are so many variable and compromises one makes to hermit crab oneself into what someone else has created.
Hubby and I have been doing that dance… “Well, if we don’t have an office space maybe we can build something outside…” or, “It is far from the freeway but we pass the Supermarket on the way home from work…” or, “Yes, it is steep but we could cut another road into the mountain and create a space for a shelter…”.
And of course, the regular horse owner concerns: fencing, gates, flat lands, shelter, shade, water/water access, what kind of soil, who would go where, riding access, neighbors/neighbor animals, trailer entrance and turnaround, hay storage, sickbay area, trailer storage, where is the feed store, who sells the hay, farrier, vets, vet hospital distance… etc .
And so it goes…
But, a very wise friend told me about THE OTHER THINGS we need to consider when purchasing a horse property.
THE OTHER THINGS TO CONSIDER WHEN BUYING A HORSE PROPERTY.
So, I was on the phone with a friend of mine – who likes to restore homes on the side – chatting about the pros and cons of certain properties… and she started asking me difficult questions.
Well not difficult questions, but questions I couldn’t answer and neither could my Real Estate Agent (bad sign).
–Do you know who has the water and mineral rights?
–How about former ground pollution?
–What is underneath the ground in the area?
–Any history of dumping or mining or agricultural no-nos?
–What about the neighboring easements?
–Did you know that if you don’t own your land’s mineral rights, they can be sold?
–Why is the area no longer being used to grow barley? Are you sure Farmer John didn’t use chemicals that would be bad for your horse?
–What about that vineyard next door? Do they spray?
AND THEN SHE SAID…
My friend went on to say:
This information will not only help you in the long run regarding any property, but it will also make you a strong negotiator.
When you uncover this stuff, you have ammo. You can bargain with confidence.
You’ll find yourself saying to the seller, “I’m going to tell you the reasons why you are going to cut me a deal…”
Of course, many properties will have no issues at all… but if you find one you like, and the issues don’t bother you, they will be a great negotiating tool.
SO, I THOUGHT I’D PAY THIS FORWARD AS I DO MY HOMEWORK!
I have several phone calls to make to the County Geology Department tomorrow. I’ll start there and see where it leads me.
If you have more to add, PLEASE COMMENT!
MAMA TESS’ TREASURE CHEST OPENS AGAIN – HOT OFF THE PRESSES!
1) I received another beautiful, natural, rustic amber necklace surrounded by eco-friendly tin and copper wire on a 32″ chain from Tess’ artist benefactor in the UK! The pendant itself is about 2″. Great alone or layered!
SOLD! THANK YOU, (very fast draw there, pardner…!) Barbara!
2) Another piece to help Tess’ medical bills: Czech glass Saucy Beachy spheres and circles with Sterling Silver Star at the natural Chrysoprase nugget closure 16″ – Great shade of blue for stand alone or layering! I am wearing it at the top of the trio pic below! Love it! (All the necklaces in that trio are available for sale, just email me