When it comes to buying PA horse properties, what you see is not always what you get. Especially in rural areas, it's common for landowners to put their properties into conservation easements or preservation programs. But what does this mean for you as a buyer? It means that before making an offer, you and your real estate agent need to do some careful research to make sure that the property in question is suitable for what you want to do, whether it's building a home, raising horses, farming crops, or expanding your equestrian business.

One of the first things you should do when you find a PA horse farm that interests you is to get in touch with the township zoning office. The zoning code will determine what uses and activities are permitted on the property. Even if a property is located in a rural or ‘horsey' area, you may not be able to keep horses there! Many townships also have restrictions on the number of animals that can be kept per acre of land. If you plan on having horses or other livestock, this is essential information! 

Another vital piece of information that you should read carefully before making an offer is the property deed. You can get a copy of the deed from the county courthouse for a small fee, if the listing agent cannot provide one for you.  In the deed you might find that the property has a shared driveway, utility easement, or right-of-way. Things like these can affect your use of the land, and you should take careful note of them.

Conservation easements are also very common in Eastern PA, and are used to prevent the over-development of our rural communities. These easements restrict the use of open space, and usually include building restrictions. Many times, a conservation easement will specify that buildings can only be located in a small area of the parcel, known as a "building envelope". Certain areas of the land may not allow any type of building or development, and landowners may even be restricted from cutting down trees depending on the severity of the easement. Some parcels may be used for pasture, but not for riding arenas. If the PA horse farm you're interested in purchasing is in a conservation easement, it's important to read over the easement very carefully and discuss it with your real estate agent.

Before making an offer on a PA horse property, be sure to do your research! Zoning, Deed Restrictions, and Conservation Easements can all play a very important role in the suitability of a particular parcel. Contact a sales associate at Cindy Stys Equestrian & Country Properties, Ltd. to get help in your home-buying process.

Eastern PA Horse Property Specialists – Call Us Today! ( 610) 849-1790

Our extensive knowledge of the eastern PA horse properties for sale market allows us to guide our clients intelligently. Whether you are looking to buy, sell or invest, we have one mission – to provide you with exceptional customer service throughout the entire transaction. We assist buyers and sellers within the following eastern Pennsylvania counties:

For sellers, we also offer property evaluations and have acquired the knowledge over the years of how to effectively perform an accurate market analysis of PA horse farms for sale, general farms and PA back yard horse properties. Please give us a call today or fill out our online contact form and let us know how we can best assist you with your eastern PA horse property real estate needs!

Cindy Stys, Broker/owner
The Premier Equine Realty Firm Serving Eastern PA
Tel.: 610-849-1790
720 Smith Hill Rd
Stroudsburg, PA 18360