Okay... Not sure how much this is related to "hunting" but, bear with it...
Suz and I have decided to sell our ranch.
Now, before we all go "noooo...!".. yes, I am doing that too, here are the reasons..and I need you guys to be my sounding board for logic because, I am sure, you all would have the same mindset.
1 - it is 5 hours away, easy....sometimes more when we have kids and lots of stops. That means that gas and food and what all costs at least $300 every time we go out there.
2 - We pay, with the loan payment, like $1500 a month just to won it. Now, that is a phone line, electricity, insurance, land, internet, whatever related to having it the way it is. AND.. it is almost all equity and paid off in like 12-ish years. So, not as bad as it sounds.. but.. wait for it..
3 - The PoA... full of jac..bad people that are pains in the rear. They leave us alone for about a year and a half then start rumors etc that cause an uproar till I smack them down and then all usually dies down for another year or so. Due to this, and the drama and whispers, so many good people we know out there and have met, no longer talk to us. We have a website where we used to get tons of conversations, helping each other out.. now, no traffic and the only people we talk to is about 4 owners. We have more friends out there, but we are the minority so, most stay low key.
That being said.. reasons to keep:
1 - Serenity. Middle of freaking nowhere.. end of road...as long as we do not talk to the poa...deal with them.. they do not bother us except maybe every year and a half when they start more crap with us.. then it usually lasts a few months and all hell breaks loose.
2 - Exotics. TONS of things "TO" hunt....but, I get out there so seldom, I am usually fixing things and doing projects, hunting has gotten to be something I do to rest.
3 - Electricity.. the cabin.. lots of good memories there.
4 - 330 acres, we own it... well, us and our uncle....but, no-one to tell us what to do.
SO.. the deal is this:
We told our realtor that we would not ever sell unless we located something no more than 2 hours....not "from Austin" but from "our house"....i.e. when I have to go thru Austin, it adds an hour.
We will not pay 30k to add electricity...unless it is part of the deal and gets added as we buy.. i.e. we want the electricity.
We want at least a 1-2acreMINIMUM pond.. and not a mudhole.. (notice I did not say sh****lo?.. lol)..We took the kids out to a local pond, had to threaten them to stop fishing.. lol..
I want Pecan trees.. if it has those, then it has Oaks.. and not some mesquite covered scrub brush place.
At least 100 acres, prefer 250 or more, but I am realistic.
And we role every penny of our profit into the new place..... and if it has a house, great.. REAL one.. not some shanty a deer hunter glued together.. or.. we have one built like the barn we had done at the house.. heh.. so we bring all we had at the other cabin there.
So...am I crazy?
Oh, and an ag or wlm exemption not in Edwards County.. lol
I hate.. HATE to sell our place, and won't, unless we know for certain we can get the serenity we have there.....
But I want to get to my ranch more than 4-6 times a year.
Okay, besides, "you are nuts".. what would you all do?
Sorry for the long post.. I want to get a place I can hunt more.. I will bring exotics in if need be.. but I need to be able to get TO it more....but, if that place does not exist.. well, I am happy to hold what I have.
But, I think we can sell somewhere between 2300-2800 an acre.. and with that sort of cash.. we should be able to get something nice....
The guy down the road from ours just was told 110,000 dollars for HIM to get electricity. THAT.. adds value to us.
I hate that he cannot get it though