Monthly Archives: December 2010

Plum Creeks, Bill Carlton is cautiously optimistic about timber demand and timberland sales

Bill Calton, Plum Creek’s Senior Director for Real Estate and Land Management, is cautiously optimistic about the prospects for timberland investors and rural land sales. Plum Creek, a real-estate investment trust (REIT), is a NYSE-listed company that is the Nation’s largest private timberland owner with 7 million acres. Calton oversees Plum Creek’s non-strategic land dispositions… Continue Reading

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Trespass may be easier to forgive than forget

Trespass may be easier to forgive than forget

One right that every owner holds in real estate is the expectation of privacy. You can generally keep others from entering and using your property–but not always. In rural areas, trespass is usually someone either taking a shortcut over someone else or using another’s property for recreation, like hunting or ATVing. Country-property owners normally find… Continue Reading

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How a Land Agent Earns His Money

How a Land Agent Earns His Money

“Why in the world would I pay you a commission to help me sell my land?” This is a fair question for a landowner to ask. Let’s consider a few points, from a land agent’s perspective, on why an agent can be worth the money. I will grant that there are many savvy property owners… Continue Reading

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Are you Bored? Buy Rural Land

Are you Bored? Buy Rural Land

SPARTANBURG, SC (December 06, 2010) – Are you sitting at home bored, and need something constructive to fill up your time? Buy a piece of rural land and there will never be a shortage of things to do again! Just this morning I was thinking about what needs to be done on the acreage where… Continue Reading

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Be Careful When Buying Family Land

Be Careful When Buying Family Land

A typical pattern of land division in rural areas is for property to be divided among children following the death of their parents. The founding generation might have started with 1,000 acres. Three or four generations later each lot might contain only 25 to 50 acres. Eventually, a family member sells a piece of the… Continue Reading

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Happy Trails to You

Happy Trails to You

Most — but not all — timberland investments require little routine maintenance. But one upkeep job that I recommend is for the landowner to maintain existing roads in usable condition. The reasons to provide continuing road access within a timber tract include: •Fire suppression; •Safety—evacuation in case of accident; •Recreational uses—hiking, horseback riding, ATVing, snowmobiling,… Continue Reading

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LAND:From the Ground Up

LAND:From the Ground Up

Land: What is Land? Land is everything beneath us. Land is a basis of wealth and is handed down through generations as a possession of great value. Land cloths us, feeds us, and provides for our homes. Land provides life for every living thing. Land has not been produced in millions of years yet it… Continue Reading

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Buying and holding rural land is a good strategy

Buying and holding rural land is a good strategy

Two real-estate-investing strategies — buy and hold, and buy low; sell high — have worked well for many different types of investors in different types of markets over many years. Of the two, buy and hold is the simpler and likely to be the more profitable for investors in most types of rural land, particularly… Continue Reading

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