From collecting all your financial documents to making it through the inspection process, so much can happen to cause anxiety before closing day. It’s enough to make even the most relaxed person feel tense. If you’re starting to feel the crunch, here are some great strategies for coping with stress when you’re buying a home for yourself and your horses.
Choose the right agent
One of the best ways to help alleviate stress buying an equestrian property is to work with a real estate agent specializing in equestrian properties. It's important to get references from family and friends, research agents online, and schedule a few interviews. Get to know a little bit about each agent and how they work. The property buying process can take anywhere from 30-60 days or more, which doesn’t even include the time spent looking at stables, farms, or ranches. During that time, you’ll be communicating with your agent often. Working with someone who is compatible with you will go a long way toward making the process easier and less stressful. You can relax knowing you’re in good hands.
Keep things in perspective
There are plenty of things to trigger your deepest worries during the buying process, especially once you've mentally taken "ownership". Will the seller accept my offer? Will I get into a bidding war? Will the inspection turn up unknown issues? Will the property appraise for less than the asking price? Will everything go according to plan on closing day? These are all valid concerns, but you musn’t let them get the best of you. Remember, this transition will not last forever, and before you know it, you will be closing on your new home and tending to your horses in theirs!
Take breaks when necessary
While buying a equestrian property is time-consuming, it doesn’t have to take over your whole life. Take breaks from the process when you need to. Go to the movies. Spend time with friends and family. Treat yourself to a spa day. Take the dog for a walk. Read a good book. Give yourself permission to unplug periodically. It will do wonders for your health and well being to take care of yourself while going through what is unarguably a challenging and life-changing process.
If you want to be as relaxed as possible while buying equestrian a property, work with a trusted partner and take time for yourself when you need it. Before you know it, you’ll have your horses in the barn and all is well!
Compliments of Carol & Patti