Being an advisory resource on rural properties

In the beautiful state of Oregon, we’ve got thriving cities as well as lots of open land. Rural living is becoming more attractive for those tired of city life; there’s plenty of room to stretch out and breathe the fresh air.

If a client is considering a life change from thriving city life (lots of California transplants here!) to a rural residence, here’s some information I like to give.

Being transparent and offering this info is a great way to protect your own reputation and empower your clients.

#1 – Commute

If someone isn’t from the area, let them in on what the seasons are like. Bend, for example, had more than 6 ft. of snow in 2017…just in town. In more remote places like La Pine, the amounts were much higher. Are their upsides, like quick snow removal on the freeways? Be sure to mention them as well.

#2 – Know what’s staying

If you see charming features on the property, especially outdoor items like a gazebo, check to see if they’re listed as part of the sale. Items like bridges, sheds, even livestock pens may be slated for sale instead of staying with the property.

#3 – Ownership costs

Rural properties may rely on wells, for example, rather than municipal water; so water treatment and softening are expenses to consider. Often times, rural properties also run on septic systems, so be sure its capacity is aligned with the number of potential occupants.

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