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Purchasing a Rural Property?

Some of the things you may wish to consider:

What do I want  to do on this property?

  • When am I going to be able to do it?
  • Where do I want this property to be?
  • How do I make this happen?
  • Who is going to help me?

Working through a checklist can help you in your decision. Ask Yourself:

 1. Is the property capable of sustaining what you want to do?
- Are the soils and land classes suitable for what you want to do?    Our Agronomist Sarah Hill can assist you, phone to arrange an on site meeting 0400 884 058.                                                                                                                                                      
- Depending on you plans you may need to consider capital improvements such as fencing, stock-yards & fertiliser inputs.  Phone or email David Chaston, our Merchandise Manager to discuss your requirements.

2.  What are the relevant planning requirements?
- Are there restrictions on construction, land use etc.  This may prevent you from doing what you want or making it difficult to do so.
- What are your legal obligations in relation to managing the property?
- Always check with the Planning Department of the Shire nearest your Land.

3.  Does the property have the required quality and quantity of water?
- Does existing water supply cater for intended land use?
- Will you be able to access more water if needed?

4. Do you want to graze animals on this property?
- Investigate, soil type, (structure/texture) and general soil health.
- What would the stocking rate be?
- Do you know how much feed and water they will need?
- Do you understand your responsibilities under the National Livestock Identification Scheme?
Speak to one of our qualified stockmen, for the answers to all your livestock queries.

5.  Assess the property's natural resource assets:
- Presence of remnant vegetation, wildlife habitat, and healthy natural resources can be a significant environmental asset.
- What do you want to do with this asset? Remember, any works to be carried out with regards to Native Vegetation requires a permit and this process may be time-consuming if you wish to clear land to grow pasture for stock feed.

6.  Investigate land use on neighbouring properties and the likely impact on your land / lifestyle.
- Land use / lifetstyle aspirations can be greatly affected by what happens on close neighbouring properties.
- Will your intended land use have adverse impacts on neighbouring farms and lead to possible conflict?
What opportunities and expectations are there in the surrounding community?  Would you consider joining rural groups such as the CFA (Country Fire Authority), Landcare or other community interest groups?

7.  Assess risk associated with extremes of climate or impacts of nature:
- Flood prone land, areas of high fire risk, or high drought incidence can have severe impacts on land use / lifestyle choices.

8.  Do you have the skills to undertake what you want to do?
- Are contractors available?
- Who else may be able to help you?
- Where can you go to learn or increase your skills?

Contact us today to speak to one of our friendly qualified staff. P: 03 5795 2535 E: euroa@landmarkharcourts.com.au