Hot on the Trail: Pathways create interest and access in woodlots

Build it and they will come. In the movies it was a baseball diamond built in a cornfield that attracted so much attention. The same is true when it comes to woods trails, says John Morton, who has made a career out of designing pathways that provide opportunities for recreation and relaxation. “I hear all… Read more »

Farmland Goes Mainstream

During the last ten plus years that I have been receiving the magazine from the National Association of Realtors I do not ever remember an entire article devoted to land and specifically farmland. For the most part rural land such as cropland, hunting land, ranchland or pasture is left out as a category in real… Read more »

An Ounce of Gold or an Acre of Land?

Yesterday I noticed that the price of gold has risen to $1600 per ounce, and the thought struck me that land in my part of west Alabama is selling for approximately the same price per acre. I posed the question to two local business owners whether they would rather own an ounce of gold or… Read more »

1031 Exchange Requirements

A 1031 exchange is defined by the Internal Revenue Code (IRC) Section 1.1031 as “No gain will be recognized on property held for productive use in business or investment when exchanged for like kind property held for productive use in business or investment.” This means property either real or personal property held for the proper… Read more »

Improving Your Chances of LANDing a Loan

You’ve certainly heard about (or experienced) the reduction in available credit for land purchases. There is still ample money available for higher-quality loans, loans with large down payments, consistent and adequate repayment sources, reasonable amortizations with frequent payments, etc. But the more questionable loans that were easy to get three or four years ago are… Read more »

Information Please? Signs & Symptoms of a Land Specialist

In my most recent article entitled “Your Choice for a Heart Attack… Cardiologist or Orthopedist?” I explained the importance of choosing a specialist – whether having a heart attack or planning to buy/sell land. In the case of a medical specialist, you would certainly expect to find a doctor with extensive experience treating your specific… Read more »

Your Choice for a Heart Attack…Cardiologist or Orthopedist?

So… for the past week, you’ve been experiencing shortness of breath, a slight pain in your chest, radiating down your left arm… and it seems to be getting worse. You recognize that it’s time to see a doctor. The only question is: “Which doctor?” There are many choices: opthomologists, gastroenterologists, orthopedists, cardiologists, and the list… Read more »

Why should I Invest in Pine-Producing Timberlands?

With the condition of today’s economy, many people are very cautious about where they invest their money, and rightfully so. They want to make sure the assets they hold are stable in value and hopefully appreciate, produce a return, and remain relevant in an ever-changing future. They are looking for assets with a proven track-record… Read more »

Evaluate the Market Before You List Your Land

I am sure everyone has heard over and over the saying location, location, location when it comes to real estate. That may hold especially true for residential and commercial markets, but I think it’s less important for the land market particularly the rural, farmland, and hunting land sectors. Usefulness, Use, & Best Use are my… Read more »