Better To Ask Permission Then To Surprise A Farmer

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Total Care Realty NCRE# 257455

Better To Ask Permission Then To Surprise A Farmer



I list and work with quite a few large land owners and farmers in Rockingham and Guilford Counties of North Carolina.   Our firm has several farms and hundreds upon hundreds of acres for sale.  The Guilford and Rockingham County areas have the highest population of horses in the state of North Carolina.  I work with quite a few equestrian home buyers and love to “walk the land”.  Lenox Castle Farm for sale


But, to our main topic of discussion and to tie in with the title of this blog.  It is generally not a good idea to just drive out to a farm property for sale and look around whenever you want to.  As a general rule of thumb anytime I go to walk land I give plenty of notice to all of the owners that I will be on the land.  The reason is when you are in rural area first of all 

A) It is usually hunting season of some type

  1. The owners of the property usually welcome uninvited strange guests with a firearm.

You may not see it but I am sure it is on their person or in their vehicle.



The reason I bring this up today is because I had a call from one of my clients that I have their farm for sale in Rockingham County, NC.  It seems he was home and all of a sudden he notices a large SUV driving onto his property.  A couple get out and just start looking around.  Now his usual standard operating procedure would be to walk out with one of his handguns to see who and what some perfect strangers were doing on his farm.  Now luckily he did not walk out armed this time.  It seems this couple had been admiring the listing and had see all the pictures and slideshows we had posted online.  So they had just decided to go check it out!  Now with a farm to go out and start driving around on that land is similar to going to a home for sale and just get out and go into their backyard and start looking in the windows.  


All I can say is be thoughtful and stay safe. 





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Comments (5)

Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

Not very smart people.  I try to use "shown by appointment" on signs of occupied homes for that reason.  Sometimes I tell folks they can get out and walk around, but they have to get permission for that.

Feb 15, 2014 10:19 AM
Larry Story ALC
Total Care Realty - Greensboro, NC
Beneath it all is the Land, Covering all of NC


There is not even a sign on the property.  People that are not farm types don't understand.


Feb 15, 2014 10:24 AM
Liz and Bill Spear
RE/MAX Alliance 513.520.5305 - Mason, OH
RE/MAX Alliance Cincinnati & Dayton suburbs

Larry, Some folks abandon common sense and the concept of putting on the "how would I want to be treated if it was me" hat just doesn't seem to cross their minds.  A little courtesy goes a long ways in a situation like this.

Feb 15, 2014 09:06 PM
John Wiley
Fort Myers, FL
Lee County, FL, ECO Broker, GRI, SRES,GREEN,PSA

Larry, we now consider ourselves warned. Good advise for non farm property also.


Feb 15, 2014 09:09 PM
Larry Story ALC
Total Care Realty - Greensboro, NC
Beneath it all is the Land, Covering all of NC


I do often wonder if some folks have any common sense to start with.



Yes, I do believe most people will not do the same when it is a residential home in town.  Why they believe they can when it is a large property is beyond me.

Feb 17, 2014 12:10 AM