By Alyssa Mammano
Real Estate Agents specializing in farm and ranch properties know that for this type of buyer, the horses come first. Today’s equestrian estates boast luxury accommodations that cater to both horse and human, including sprawling acreage to roam, outbuildings for shelter and storage, and gracious living spaces for the affluent homeowner. Farm and ranch properties provide a lifestyle that is a dream for many, realized only by some.
Careful consideration is made for equestrian accouterments, including top-of-the-line stalls, climate-controlled feed rooms, covered arenas and secure fencing. REALTORS® who specialize in this niche have a wealth of knowledge that goes beyond what is needed for a standard luxury real estate transaction. This includes zoning codes, ease of access to water supply and the characteristics of the soil.
“When buying equestrian ranch or farm, be sure to seek the services of a REALTOR® who is also a horse person. They can help make valuable recommendations for all sorts of equestrian services for your new farm, from trainers to barn builders, hay and feed suppliers, equine vets, fencing contractors — anything you need,” says Carolina Real Estate Company Owner and President, Courtney Conger. “An equestrian agent also knows the schedule for local horse shows, polo matches and other equestrian events.”
Beyond the quality craftsmanship, high design and luxurious amenities affluent homeowners have come to expect, many additional factors are taken into consideration during the purchase of farm property. A labor of love is undertaken when a buyer makes the decision to provide full-time care for these magnificent animals within his or her own compound.
“With 6,000 years of history, the connection between horses and humans is a powerful relationship. An equestrian lifestyle is a dedication to this relationship and the day-to-day effort involved,” says Julie R. Breedlove, Broker of Breedlove Farms Estates & Land. “Today, equestrian properties offer more than just horses; this expanded focus takes on many faces, all of which require acreage and a dream.”
Whether the purchase is a homebuyer’s first equestrian estate, or if he or she has experience in this type of property, working with an agent who specializes in equestrian listings is sure to aid in the detailed process of becoming a ranch owner and equine caretaker.