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post #11 of 17 Old 01-23-2019, 09:59 AM Thread Starter
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If you cleared it, what would it do to the value of the property? What do home buyers value who are looking in the neighborhood where you are about to live?
It would be in a rural area, our small corner of the state is known for horse properties. So as long as we do it right I'd imagine it would increase the value.

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It would be in a rural area, our small corner of the state is known for horse properties. So as long as we do it right I'd imagine it would increase the value.

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Then I guess it's time to whip out the old spreadsheet... :) Just make sure that the value increase is grounded in reality and not just your imagination, so make sure that the entire property can be marketed as "horse owner's delight".

As far as I can see you are looking at a tradeoff between the trees' value as natural shelter (from sun and wind) and pasture land and room for them to stretch their legs. You probably want to aim for the sweet spot here.
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Then I guess it's time to whip out the old spreadsheet... :) Just make sure that the value increase is grounded in reality and not just your imagination, so make sure that the entire property can be marketed as "horse owner's delight".



As far as I can see you are looking at a tradeoff between the trees' value as natural shelter (from sun and wind) and pasture land and room for them to stretch their legs. You probably want to aim for the sweet spot here.
Yes, I like the idea of natural shelter and wind break.
If what I plan in my head transfers to paper and to land... It'll be great!

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I'd keep looking clearing off 2.5 acres is a lot of work and time. I'd look for more acres that already has established pastures.
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I'm in MA too, and it is quite difficult to find property with any usable amount of pasture. That's because dairy farming is nearly extinct, and the only commercial reason to keep hilly land in grass these days is for hay. Look away for three minutes and it's forest. Thousands of fallen-down barns surrounded by second and third growth forest out here.

We acquired a 28 acre farm which originally had a couple hundred acres of pasture (probably for sheep to begin with). Only 6 acres is still pasture, and we feel very lucky to have even that. We intend to keep clearing slowly outward from the house. Some parts have been growing trees since at least WWI; those we may not get to ....
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I'm in MA too, and it is quite difficult to find property with any usable amount of pasture. That's because dairy farming is nearly extinct, and the only commercial reason to keep hilly land in grass these days is for hay. Look away for three minutes and it's forest. Thousands of fallen-down barns surrounded by second and third growth forest out here.



We acquired a 28 acre farm which originally had a couple hundred acres of pasture (probably for sheep to begin with). Only 6 acres is still pasture, and we feel very lucky to have even that. We intend to keep clearing slowly outward from the house. Some parts have been growing trees since at least WWI; those we may not get to ....
I'd love to find property like that.

I know exactly what you mean.

Or people buy a house with land cleared AND a barn and then don't have animals.... That irks me.

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I only just noticed that you live in Mass. - its like a lot of this end of the east coast - CT is just the same - lots and lots of wooded acreage, most of it 'derelict' in terms of management (or lack of!) and a lot of it relatively new in the greater scheme of things as agricultural folk quit fighting the elements here and moved to states with more farming friendly weather.
It took us ages to find a property here with pasture land and had to pay a lot more for it than we would if we'd bought the same house in the middle of a wood.
On the plus side you will increase the property value if you create pasture land but on the downside, you'll only sell it on for that increased value if you can find a buyer that wants open land enough to pay extra for it - for example, horse owners or a hobby farmer with just a few sheep, goats, alpacas or llamas.

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