When Is A Property Considered A Farm or Farmette?

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Real Estate Agent with Cindy Stys Equestrian and Country Properties, Ltd. RS297130
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When is a property considered a farm or a farmette?

 

Horse Properties for Sale, Brigita McKelvie, REALTOR, Cindy Stys Equestrian & Country PropertiesThere seems to be a large misconception about what is a farm or a farmette.

 

It is when the property has a home with acreage, and outbuildings. 

 

When I say acreage, it does not mean 2-3 acres.  That is considered more as a large lot. 

 

A property can be considered as a farm or farmette when there is enough acreage that farm animals can be housed on it.  Just because it has a barn on it does not mean it is a farm or farmette. 

 

Here is the actual definition of farmette according to Wikipedia:

 

"A farmette is a small residential farm run by an owner who earns income from a source other than the farm. It is sometimes known as a yokelet or a farmlet.

"Farmette owners are typically city workers who want to own rural land without operating a full farm. A farmette often includes a large vegetable garden, the occasional barn, tractor, and even farm or domestic animals, such as goats and cats. Farmetters usually rely on their tractor to plow or snow blow their driveways during the winter. Farmettes are usually 50 acres (200,000 m2) max. They can have a small hog pen, a few chickens in a chicken coop or a kennel house for dogs." 

 

It is also considered a farm when crops and plants can be planted on it.  Yes, plants can be planted on 2-3 acres, but this makes it a large garden.  Here is Wikipedia's definition of a farm:

 

"A farm is an area of land, or, for aquaculture, lake, river or sea, including various structures, devoted primarily to the practice of producing and managing food (produce, grains, or livestock), fibres and, increasingly, fuel. It is the basic production facility in food production.[1] Farms may be owned and operated by a single individual, family, community, corporation or a company."

 

So, when searching for property, make sure you a clear about whether or not you are just looking for rural property with a few acres, or if you are actually searching for a farm or farmette with numerous acres.  It makes a big difference.

 

 

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Brigita McKelvie is a REALTOR®  (Pennsylvania License #RS297130) with Cindy Stys Equestrian & Country Properties, specializing in rural and horse properties and farms in Eastern Pennsylvania.  She has an e-Pro® (Certified Internet Expert) certification and a GRI (Graduate, REALTOR® Institute) designation.  

Brigita McKelvie, REALTOR

Pennsylvania License #RS297130

Rural and Horse Properties and Farms

 

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Sheila Anderson
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Hi Brigita. This is a very interesting and informative blog. I learned a lot by reading it. Thanks for the posting.

January 20, 2012 10:53 AM
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Sheila:

I hope many more learned from reading this post.  Whenever I search for a farm in the multi-list for my buyers, or doing comparables for a seller, I usually come up with some properties with a nice looking home and barn on only 2-3 acres.  It takes so much time to sort through these to find an actual farm or farmette.

Brigita

January 21, 2012 10:00 AM
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Kristin Johnston, Waukesha Realtor 414-254-6647
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Brigitta, this is great info!  I have often wondered this myself...I assume it doesn't differ b/c locations?

January 24, 2012 10:53 AM
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Kristin:

Locations make no difference at all.

Brigita

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