Must-Ask Questions Before Buying a Equestrian Property

Carol Shuttleworth February 24, 2018

Buying a equestrian property is one of the biggest financial transactions you will make in a lifetime. As such, it’s one you shouldn’t enter into without being fully informed. By being armed with knowledge, you’ll make better decisions and feel more confident. Here’s your checklist of must-ask questions you need to pose before buying a property.

How much Property can I afford?

When calculating how much you can afford to spend on a home, you need to take into consideration more than just the listing price. You’ll also need to budget for repairs, renovations, closing costs, and homeowner’s insurance. Find out how much you can really afford by using an online calculator.

Are my finances ready?

Have you ordered a copy of your credit report? If not, you need to do that as soon as possible. Many credit reports contain errors, and it will take time to have them removed. In addition, you should get pre-approved for a mortgage before making an offer, to signal to a seller that you are a serious buyer.

What is the history of the Property?

When was the last time a propery sold, and for how much? This information is easy to find online. Have there been any recent renovations, additions or major repairs? How old is the roof? Have there ever been any broken pipes? Are there warranties on any of the appliances that are staying with the house? Has anything strange ever happened there? The more you know upfront, the less likely you’ll be surprised by issues that might come up in the future.

Is it in a good location?

Location is paramount when it comes to real estate. You’re not just buying a property – you’re buying the area, too. Is it near amenities, like restaurants, gas stations and grocery stores?  Zoning is key when purchasing a equestrian property. City verses County can make a difference.

What are the costs of living on an Equestrian Property?

Not only will you be making monthly mortgage payments, but you’ll have other expenses, too. How much do the utilities generally run? What are the annual property taxes? How much will you spend commuting back and forth to work? Will you need to replace any appliances soon, or make any major repairs,fencing,barn,or arena? 

How much should I offer?

Once you’ve found the property you like and asked all the questions you need to know about it, it’s time to consider how much you want to offer. If your offer price is too low, you might get outbid. However, if you offer too much, the house might appraise for less and you’ll have trouble securing your mortgage. Your equestrian agent should help you find comps in the area that will help you with your offer.

Compliments of Carol and Patti

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