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Christina Ho…, Real Estate Pro in Los Altos, CA

How far would you drive for a farm? Is it crazy to farm 50 miles from where you live?

Asked by Christina Hood, Los Altos, CA Wed Feb 29, 2012

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It may not be. Do you think your farm is too far from your house, or do you think your house is too far from your farm?

I've commuted up to 89 miles one way to work, but I liked my job, and I loved my house!

Many people drive a lot further than that for work. I know of people who commute from Las Vegas to Los Angeles.

1 vote Thank Flag Link Wed Feb 29, 2012
In our business, having a farm 50 miles away presents a huge challenge. The time and cost of gas will take a heavy toll. The real question is when you farm, are you doing it effectively and getting results? For one or two sales, I bet the cost isn't worth the effort. Due to our crazy schedule and client demands, an agent should live fairly close to our home market. I would explore every opportunity close by or consider relocating if that's an option.
1 vote Thank Flag Link Wed Feb 29, 2012
Your home is your is always worth the drive if you can afford the commute. If finances are a concern, yesterday by night gas prices in Humboldt County rose to $4.49 per gallon, I have not yet looked today....I need to buy gas, my tank is low...below. My SUV seems to swallow my gas in big gulps these days. Annoying. You will have to way the cost effectiveness of your purpose and your need. If your home is like heaven...and your job is a may be worth it if you can afford it. If not, you will compromise your heavenly home by not being able to afford the commute to work.
Sincerely, Saundra Allman
1 vote Thank Flag Link Wed Feb 29, 2012
OMG! I probably should have read a few answers before I blurted in. LOL! I was taking you literally! Oh well funnier things have happened. Truth be known my family compound is in a rural agri-culture so I was taking you literally.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Mar 1, 2012
Personally I wouldn't drive period from where I farm. Farming is a get up with the chickens committment. Unless your a gentlemen/lady owner in abstentia investor type with a hands on live on crew to care for your crops I'd pass.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Mar 1, 2012
Selection of a farm should be based on 1) the potential income that could be derived from the neighborhood and 2) your ability to compete in it. Agents who farm low-value neighborhoods will continue to earn low-value commissions. If you have to drive a little to sell a better product, don't be afraid to do that if you run the numbers and they make sense. It's not about gas prices and driving time, it's about your bottom line. I'd drive 100 miles to list $5,000,000 properties on a regular basis.
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