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View Poll Results: Whis is smarter?

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  • Purchase land with cash now, build dream farm in a few years

    2 10.53%
  • Search for the perfect farm already built

    17 89.47%
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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Aug. 28, 2007
    Triangle Area, NC

    Default Smarter to buy or build?

    Okay, let's suppose the budget for each is exactly the same, and being within 30 minutes of a major city is a must. Which is the smarter plan for owning your own 10 acre or less farmette?
    chaque pas est fait ensemble

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jan. 4, 2007


    It is always cheaper to buy, if you buy good quality, because today good quality is considerably more expensive.
    Then, older good quality will be, well, older, so you have to know what you want in a house and barn, the old type or the new, as there can be a big difference.

    I would look for both and see if you find one of either that will fit your requirements to either build or is already there and you can live with what is there.

    Sorry, not being very helpful, am I.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Sep. 23, 2003
    somewhere. out there.


    In this market - BUY. I can say from personal experience that you will find something that is perfect (or close to it) and affordable in this market. I speak from personal experience and two years of farm shopping in a declining market. We found our (practically) dream farm about 18 months ago, and the market is even better now for buyers than it was then.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Jan. 26, 2006
    Fort Worth, Texas


    Quote Originally Posted by Petstorejunkie View Post
    Okay, let's suppose the budget for each is exactly the same, and being within 30 minutes of a major city is a must. Which is the smarter plan for owning your own 10 acre or less farmette?

    Actually you get more bag for the buck buying something that is built as you will pay pennies on the dollar for fencing, barns, arenas... any improvement to the land.

    A prepared horse farm may be idea for you but the market is very limited.

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Apr. 22, 2008


    And even though it is not an upfront "cost," do factor in the time, stress, and HASSLE of building/designing your own setup.

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Jun. 24, 2005


    Remember the rule on building or remodeling-everything costs twice as much as you think it will, and take twice as long. This is probably the truest thing every written.

    Definitely buy turn key if possible, and something with a few cosmetic improvements is a close second. Buying raw land and building from scratch can be very expensive, and it's difficult to know all of the costs involved until construction actually starts. In this economy you should be able to find exactly what you want for the price you want to pay, and if you have the time then a short sale or bank owned repo might be a possibility for you too.
    You can't fix stupid-Ron White

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Mar. 26, 2005
    Back to Normal.. or as close as I'll ever get


    What worked for me was a bit of each.

    I got 5ac with no fencing or outbuildings except for a metal toolshed presently serving as my chicken coop.

    The house needed only cosmetic rehab and was in great shape for circa 1976.

    Cita: for me planning the barn/arena and having them built was a pleasure.
    Both buildings up in 3 weeks, fencing done in 2 days.
    Maybe I was lucky, but the only delays were weather-related - can't do the initial excavation to prep the base when it's raining
    I admit I might have felt differently if I'd been doing the work myself.
    *friend of bar.ka*RIP all my lovely boys, gone too soon:
    Steppin' Out 1988-2004
    Hey Vern! 1982-2009
    Cash's Bay Threat 1994-2009

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Jun. 14, 2008


    I have owned a few houses in my time, now I only buy new or build. It's Very hard to finance big dollar repairs and updates once you have made your house purchase. Why reach into your savings for any more than the down payment, you will want many upgrades anyway, save your extra money for that.

    If you can find an established older house that needs very few repairs, passes inspection and has everything you want..GRAB IT!

  9. #9
    Join Date
    Oct. 13, 2003


    I have big issues with building. Ripping down woods and putting stuff up - no. We used to have some gorgeous hunt property around here - but - it's all gone - build, build, build. You're all horseman; you can appreciate that. I just can't be part of that.

    Yes, I own a house but I would never rip down trees to build.

    - or -

    Why don't we just cement the whole darn planet and be done with it, already?

  10. #10
    Join Date
    Aug. 14, 2000


    Back in 1989-90 I looked for a suitable horse farm. Could not find anything. I ended up buying a 10 yr old home on 5 acres. The house was insulated beyond belief and had fantastic closet space-just what every working woman would want! I even liked the basic floor plan of the house but did add a mud room in the lower level and extended the master bedroom considerably.

    I then proceeded while waiting for closing to find someone to prepare the site, extend the driveway to where the barn/indoor would be, someone to build the barn, someone to do the fencing and someone to tear out the baseboard electric heaters, put in duct work and add a new furnace and heat pump for AC. All the while I was trying to sell my townhouse with a realtor doing an open house every damned Sunday, work a 55-60 hr wk job, take care of 2 horses, one retiree, and a dressage horse as well as act as executor for my Mother's estate in FL.

    I made it through somehow but I'd never ever do it again!
    Back in my day, we didn't have as many warning labels because people weren't so dang stupid!

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