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5 Things to Look for in a Colorado Hobby Farm – Before You Buy

5 Things to Look for in a Colorado Hobby Farm – Before You Buy

Colorado Hobby FarmIt’s easy to get caught up in the romance of the self-sufficient Colorado life. The idea of working outdoors in the fresh air, finally giving up your commute for good and living off the land, can be highly appealing — especially in a place like Colorado, where the natural world is truly special.

If you’re determined to buy a hobby farm, though, know that it’s crucial to look before you leap. Whether you’re interested in personal homesteading or turning a profit from your new venture, make sure to do your due diligence before signing on the dotted line.

1. Understand the Zoning

If you’ve found an ideal farmhouse with several acres of fertile land, first check that it’s zoned for agriculture. Local bylaws will determine everything from the number of chickens you can have to whether you can sell vegetables on a farm stand at the street.

2. Know Your Water Rights

If you plan to farm in earnest, you’ll need access to plenty of water to irrigate your crops and keep your animals healthy. Make sure you understand the ins and outs of Colorado water rights for any property you consider, since this could make or break your hobby farm.

3. Plan for Storage

You have your eye on a gorgeous piece of land, but are the outbuildings sufficient for your needs? Consider the number and condition of sheds, barns and outbuildings to protect both livestock and equipment.

4. Get Ready to Negotiate

Be sure you know exactly what parts of the farm come with the sale of the land. Are there machinery components or animals that the seller is willing to part with? Negotiating a farm sale can be complex: make sure to work with an experienced real estate agent to guarantee the deal is spelled out clearly.

5. Don’t Forget the House

Colorado Hobby FarmWhen you’re looking for a hobby farm, don’t focus so much on the land that you forget all about the house. Is it in good condition? Will you be able to live there comfortably while you wait to turn a profit? Don’t forget your daily quality of life when considering a major move.

When you are ready to look for your ideal hobby farm or homesteading real estate in Montrose, CO, be sure to work with an agent experience in farm sales. This is a special transaction that — when done right — can put you on a path to a whole new life.

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Copyright 2017 Keller Williams Colorado West Realty, LLC. If you have a brokerage relationship with another agency, this is not intended as a solicitation. Equal opportunity housing provider. Each office is independently owned and operated. For sale by owner data not included in research findings. Sales data reflects sales from homes not limited to the Atha Team LLC. This information was gathered from Keller Williams, The National Association of Realtor, CoreLogic data analysis firm, Montrose Association of Realtors, and the Mortgage Brokers Association. This data is considered accurate, but is not guaranteed. Copyright Atha Team LLC 2017. All Rights Reserved.

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Diana Atha

Diana Atha is a seasoned agent in the Montrose, Colorado real estate industry. She has served within the Montrose professional market since 2006 and is part of Keller Williams Colorado West Realty. Diana has extensive experience as a real estate agent and is naturally gifted in customer service. She has passed on this knowledge and mentored rising stars in the Atha Team. Diana and her team have achieved many awards serving as buyer's and seller's agents in Montrose, Ridgway and Ouray. “Top Residential Sales Team” in 2017 “Top Residential Sales Team” in 2016 “Top Listings” and “Top Producer” in 2016 “Top Residential Sales Team” in 2015 “Realtor of the Year” in 2013 Recognition for ranking 3rd in real estate sales volume in 2013 Diana has served as a volunteer in many different aspects of the community throughout her over 25 years of Montrose residency. Growing up, Diana was modeled in the discipline of servant leadership. Her father, Rick Weaver of Del-Mont Consultants and Samaritans Aviation, included Diana in many community projects serving the needy. As Diana grew older, she traveled to Kenya, Papua New Guinea, Australia, New Zealand, Hungry, Romania, and Japan to help serve others in a Christian Humanitarian context. Diana now volunteers her time at the Magic Circle Theatre, Grace Community Church, Rotary International – Montrose CO, and served on the Board of Directors for the Montrose Association of Realtors. Diana is married to Ian Atha the Listing Specialist for the Atha Team and happily resides in Montrose Colorado.

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