When I first started out in real estate, my focus was on residential homes, of course. But, I loved horses. My daughter rode other people's horses whenever she could so I spent a lot of time in the country. I began to fantasize about living in the country so I started focusing on working with people who either lived in the country or wanted to move to an acreage. As my business grew, I began to notice something. Many of the clients who I found acreage homes for, moved back to town within just a few years. After helping them back into town, I started to have a more realistic viewpoint of what country living was really like. Turns out, it wasn't as romantic of a lifestyle as I thought. There was a lot of work and expense involved that I had never realized.

Here are some of the things I discovered through of the experiences of other. If you already live on an acreage, you probably know most of this through your own experiences. If you're considering life in the country, hopefully this list will assist you in making an informed decision. 

PROS:

  • The quiet and extremely dark nights without any streetlights or traffic.
  • Unobstructed views of amazing sunsets and sunrises.
  • The clean, fresh air void of exhaust or the smells of your neighbors dryer sheets and firepit.
  • Wide open spaces with no worries of closing the blinds on the side of the house facing a neighbor.
  • Abundant wildlife and bird species to watch.
  • Peace and tranquility without the sound of passing trains, planes, car horns, sirens, and the endless drone of traffic.
  • Space for the kids to play outside safely.
  • Space to accommodate all of your toys, too.
  • Real estate prices are usually more reasonable the further out of Omaha you go, and, if you purchase closer to town and stay there long enough, your property value will increase dramatically!
  • Nostalgic home styles and outbuildings. (I know. This really doesn't count as a pro but I am an incurable romantic.)
  • Assistance in staying on your diet since there are no fast food stores within easy reach.
  • Gas savings on Saturday mornings since the best farmer’s market is in your own backyard.
  • Your chicken coop is your most prized possession.
  • Hone your culinary skills as you learn to cook nutritious food with whatever is in season.
  • Make more friends as you share your home-grown produce with your distant neighbors.
  • Visiting Omaha becomes like an adventure.
  • While this could be both a pro or a con, depending on how you view it, mobile reception can be patchy.

CONS:

  • Sometimes that quiet, dark night sky can be a little scary...it might enhance your imagination.
  • The wildlife that is so fun to watch might eat your garden.
  • When you forgot to pick up the milk, there are no convenient stores close by.
  • If you don't feel like cooking, there are no pizza deliveries to be found.
  • Your kids can't walk to school or for that matter, any of their after school activities, so your time in the car and your gas expense will increase.
  • It can get a little lonely since friends have to drive so far for a play date or coffee.
  • Much of your weekend is spent maintaining your acreage: mowing, trimming, chopping, etc.
  • You will need to factor in price of riding mower, brush cutter and chain saw.
  • More of paycheck and your time will be spent commuting to work.
  • Not much to do but sit around and watch the corn grow.
  • And, as I mentioned above, mobile reception can be patchy and internet connections might not be available. If they are, they are often slow.

I hope you found this information helpful. If you are considering making a move to the country, I would be happy to assist you! Feel free to contact me any time. /contact-me