Since my house could sit in this rotten market for years, was thinking "How do I find someone on a farmette who wants to trade their place for mine?"
So they're like me: they want out but know their farmette could sit on the listings for years, so they don't even bother. Yet they still want to downgrade.... meanwhile lil ol' me and Mr. ChocoMare want to upgrade.
Granted, I wouldn't have the foggiest on how to even find such a person/deal so wanted to see if anyone else has BT/DT yet and could point.
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A very good friend of mine did a swap deal in the last year. It was incredible for her. She and her mom owned their tri-level in town. Zero mortgage. The farm owner had a mortgage on the property, ranch home with barn and acreage... was close to losing it. Interesting part was that the farm was in 2 parcels... one with the house on it, the other with the land (6-ish acres) and the barn). They ended up trading the the tri-level for the barn/land parcel and took out a mortgage on the ranch house. Best part is should something DRASTIC happen and my friend can't pay her mortgage, she still owns the barn and acreage outright! It was a wonky deal but one that I think worked out great for all involved. Motivation on the part of the farm seller was a key IMHO.
Can't help much with the "how to find" part of the question. These folks knew each other as my friend boarded at this farm a few years ago.
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You might consider a local area free list or even craigslist.
You are not looking for someone who just wants to sell
their farm, you want to find someone who is ready to move from the farm to a house in town. Maybe they have
not really considered that option and will realize it would
be desirable if they see the possibility in your listing. You
could try putting an ad for "trade" where you think that
older or otherwise retiring from farm life folks might read
it in your area whether that is online, a church bulletin,
a bulletin board at the local farm store...
I did. There was a price differential but it still all worked out. A realtor can help walk you through everything, it was really quite easy.
Contact the realtors listing farmettes you would be interested in around your price range. The realtors often know what their clients are looking for (because they not only want to help them sell, but purchase their next place).
Or, perhaps your realtor can include "will trade for farmette" on your house listing to help open that possibility.