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Selecting and Buying Land

Specific Concerns in Horse Property Purchase Last month's article gave an overview of what to expect and where to begin before you decide to purchase bare land and build your dream horse property. The next step in the process of building from scratch is selecting and purchasing land. After you've set financing in motion, determined your budget, and...
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Buying a Horse Property

Eight Considerations when Renting or Buying a Property Though many horse owners board, most of you reading this are, or will be, owners or renters of a horse property. As a horse trainer and a real estate broker in Washington, I have extensive experience with horse properties. I wish I had known more about potential pitfalls when I was new to the a...
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Buying Versus Building Your Dream Facility

5 Considerations When Shopping for a Horse Property It's the dream of most horse owners is to be able to walk out the door and enjoy their horses at home. With realistic planning this dream can be achieved; the goal of this article is to help prospective buyers decide whether building or buying an existing facility works best for them. Many of the ...
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Finding Your Dream Home

What to Expect When Shopping for a Horse Property The two things I enjoy most about being a horse trainer are the focus on relationships and problem solving. It is no surprise that these are also two of my favorite things about real estate. As a real estate broker , I am helping people make huge life decisions. This process, while rewarding, rarely...
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Starting from Scratch

Get Started on Building Your Dream There are many reasons a person would decide to build their house and barn on acreage. My husband and I recently made that decision for our family and horses, and I am working with a number of clients who are doing the same. The process can be overwhelming. I hope I can help simplify it for others considering this...
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Preparing Your Site for Construction

What to Expect Before You Break Ground on Your Dream Horse Property Now that the property has been identified and the contingency period for feasibility has been satisfied, the site prep and building can begin. Dependent on financing some, all, or none of these things may be required to close on the land portion of the project. Rough estimates, or ...
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Horses and Wetlands

Know the Realities of Wetlands Regulations Most horse property owners in the Pacific Northwest have some familiarity with wetlands. As a Realtor, it's important to have a team of specialists to help clients through the process of dealing with wetlands issues. I invited Tess Cooper of Puget Consulting and Restoration to answer a few questions. What ...
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Spring Cleaning

Coming Out of a Northwest Winter  After 16 years living through the transition from Pacific Northwest winter to spring, I think I have the routine down. Beginning in February I start counting the days until daylight savings time, followed by another month or so of waiting for the rain to stop so I can get back to horsing around. Like many of y...
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Horse Fencing 101

Good Fences Bring Peace of Mind While standing in my field last week pondering why my weanling colt feels comfortable walking straight through my shoddy electric fence, it dawned on me that fencing is a huge part of horse ownership. We are preparing to fence our 57 acres, and are making decisions on materials and budget. I thought it might be nice ...
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This Old Farm

Important Considerations When Purchasing Equestrian Property ​ Equestrian properties and hobby farm purchases come with many considerations. Typically, the acreage will be five acres or larger and comes with outbuildings and other improvements that have housed animals for previous owners. Farm ownership can be overwhelming and it is not unusual to ...
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Water – Who Owns It?

Be Informed About Water Rights It seems impossible that water availability in the Pacific Northwest is an issue, but it is quite the hot topic. This is particularly important to horse property owners, hobby farms, and commercial farms—all of which require reliable water source to conduct daily operations. Water rights that apply to our discussion a...
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