barn tells the tale
Horse lovers profit selling horse property
By George White
Re/Max Times - Associate Editor
When Shirley Littlefield shows a property, the first stop is often far
from the living room, dining room, or kitchen.
Most of the time my clients and I look at the barn before we even look at the
house, says the Co-Broker/Owner of RE/MAX Professionals in Rochester Hills, Mich.
If the stables and property dont fit the needs of my clients and their horses,
the place simply isnt going to work.
Littlefield, a RE/MAX Hall of Famer who works in Metamora and Dryden - rural horse country
70 miles north of Detroit - is one of the nearly 500 RE/MAX Associates who specialize in
horse properties and similar listings. At least half her business is equine-related.
Shes sold many farms and stables, frequently sponsors horse events, and has
developed deep-rooted affinity with hundreds of people in the central Michigan horse
My clients know Im a horse person, says the Broker/Owner and RE/MAX 100
Percent Club member. My mothers always said that my first word was
horse. When I was 18, I started saving money for my first horse, and except
for a few years when my children were young, Ive owned one ever since.
Littlefield includes horse photos on ads and mailings. Shes even delivered offers
and contracts riding her 22 year-old thoroughbred, Chaz.
I think my customers value the fact that I brush, groom and ride my horse just like
they do theirs, she says. Being a true part of the horse world has helped my
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