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Old 10-08-2013, 05:16 PM
 
Location: Crown Point
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I've been looking for a long time at properties in NH. What I find odd is that farms that have been so for hundred years or more, may not remain that way. One real estate site Farms & Barns Real Estate NH Horse Property and Farms for Sale said I should check with local code officials to see if the land will remain as it is. SPACE: New Hampshire's Current Use Coalition

If it's not in the disclosure statement, I guess then I need to do my due dilegence, as the real estate firm won't. It's very confusing and a waste of my time. I thought NH had more freedom than the other states. Apparently not true. Too many regulations.

What gives?
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Old 10-09-2013, 02:55 PM
 
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All states are the same; I don't care what state you are in, you need to do your due diligence. Find out what the laws are because they don't care about your business, all they care about is enforcing the laws. Before you purchase the property, you need to be sure that the local government allows the property to be used for what you want it to be used for. Go to the town government building and talk with the local building inspectors. Realtors will tell you nothing for fear of losing a sale. And when you find things out after purchase that you didn't know before, the realtors will disappear as they fear a lawsuit.

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Old 10-09-2013, 04:07 PM
 
Location: Forests of Maine
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I've been looking for a long time at properties in NH. What I find odd is that farms that have been so for hundred years or more, may not remain that way. One real estate site Farms & Barns Real Estate NH Horse Property and Farms for Sale said I should check with local code officials to see if the land will remain as it is. SPACE: New Hampshire's Current Use Coalition

If it's not in the disclosure statement, I guess then I need to do my due dilegence, as the real estate firm won't. It's very confusing and a waste of my time. I thought NH had more freedom than the other states. Apparently not true. Too many regulations.

What gives?
What may have been a farm 100 years ago, might not have been actively farmed for the past 40 years.

I see a lot of parcels in this area that were once part of larger farms. But the next generation does not want to farm, so they chop it up and sell pieces.

Then as time goes by, you go from having no zones at all, to having a dozen zones.

I could easily see an 'old farm' that is no longer zoned for farming.

Zoning is to restrict your freedoms. Rarely does zoning ever loosen. More commonly zoning gets tightened.
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Old 10-10-2013, 05:08 PM
 
Location: Central Maine
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Zoning is to restrict your freedoms. Rarely does zoning ever loosen. More commonly zoning gets tightened.

So true. You hit it right on. It's kind of like when they want to install water meters on your public water lines, after years of paying a fixed price, and then telling you "Oh no, this will actually reduce your water bill". Yeah right (wink, wink). Or when they introduce a new tax and then tell you "This is only for a set period of time until the problem is solved, then we will sunset them". Yeah, right (wink, wink).
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Old 10-16-2013, 12:45 PM
 
Location: Crown Point
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Thanks, I think I'll look elsewhere.
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