Land Blog… Get the dirt!

Kent is a registered Forester In Georgia with experience including but not limited to: timber appraisals, harvesting, thinnings, timber sales, herbicide prescriptions and planting supervision. Before transitioning into real estate Kent worked in the logging and lumber industry as well as land management for many years. He enjoys writing about what he loves and hopes that you will find something useful to you within his blog.

Using the County GIS System

Many Georgia Counties offer great GIS systems (this posting will be related to Georgia Counties only). However most States have similar systems usually offered by the ‘Tax Assessor’. The following picture shows the landing page and the system allows you to search by...

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Shoal Bass…common to our Flint River

I have  written blog posts about the Flint River and the Chattahoochee Rivers, therefore I decided to write about a fish that typically habits those rivers. I have heard it said..."They are tough and aggressive and if they weighed 10 pounds, they would break your...

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Why Herbicides Matter!

I was recently driving around and was looking over a clearcut that had recently been site prepared with herbicides and machine planted. The property belonged to a timber company whose name I will not mention. I was amazed!! The tract was harvested about 2 years ago....

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Autumn…The Best Time of The Year!

I love the fall, it’s exhilarating, the weather is nice and it motivates one to get outside and enjoy GOD’s creation. (courtesy of John Pyle Photography, johnpylephotography.com)   WHAT CAUSES THESE LEAF COLOR CHANGES?  During winter, trees slow down their processes...

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Do You Need a Survey?

I was reading an article about surveying written by a surveyor. The article was informative but I feel like it missed a lot of information that a client or landowner needs to know. I am not a surveyor, but have spent 30 years dealing with land and at one time, I had a...

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How Long Does It Take To Sell LAND?

Often clients ask me how long does it take to sell my land? I looked over 5 years of my transactions and the average “days on market” was 7.5 months. Obviously the economy is incrementally improving and we are seeing days on market decrease. Recently, I listed two...

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What are topographic Maps? What Are They Used For?

This is a favorite subject of mine. Let’s discuss what they are. Topographic maps are also commonly called contour maps or topo maps. The United States Geological Survey (USGS) took over responsibility for mapping the country in 1879 and has been the primary civilian...

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Do You Own LAND Along a Creek or River? Read On…..

Do you own land along a creek or river? In many cases these bodies of water are the boundary or property line. In some instances the lines may go to the bank of the creek/ river but in most cases it is the centerline. As you can imagine, nature has a way of changing...

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Thinning Your Timber – What You Need To Know!

I was recently asked by a client to assist him in thinning his 15 year old Loblolly Pine plantation located in Talbot County, GA. The tract was +- 208 acres in size. The area with the planted pines consisted of 173 acres. See the following aerial photograph. The stand...

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Great Mapping Software for the Land Broker

As a land Broker we are expected to furnish the very best tools to our clients and that includes maps including aerial photography and topographic maps. I use a program called Terrain Navigator Pro by Trimble. The program is robust and provides me lots of function....

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5 Solid Reasons to Own LAND!

There are many more reasons to invest in LAND, however I have identified the five I believe to be the most important. Landowners profile are quite different and we are all motivated by different things and circumstances. Following are the most important reasons from...

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Has Your Realtor Bought Your Listing?

It is not want you think….READ MORE! It has happened to me a Gazillion times. You meet with the property owner, share comparable sales and discuss a marketing plan. Later, you find the property on the MLS or other website and it is listed 25-50% above the ‘comparative...

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The LAND Market Report is Out!

The Land Market Report is out and full of great information. One of the highlights of membership in the Realtors Land Institute is participation in the survey. There is to much to cover here so I will hit some of highlights: Recreational and Residential properties...

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LAND PRICES…From My Point of View

I am asked frequently what LAND prices are doing. I decided to take a snap shot in time of prices of the 3 counties I am most active in, Harris County, Meriwether County and Talbot County GA. They are all located in the west central portion of Georgia. The prices...

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Creating Shapefiles with Your iPhone

With the smart phones, the sky is the limit. I have begun using my smart phone to create shapefiles. A shapefile is a format for storing the location, shape, and attributes of geographic features. It is stored as a set of related files and contains one feature class....

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What You Need To Know About Starting a New Forest

What do you do after your timber has been harvested and you have one ugly mess on your hands?..... Start over again. The process starts with having the tract site prepared. This involves having the tract sprayed. You have 2 options, hand spray with back pack sprayers...

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Why Isn’t My LAND Selling?

There is only 2 reasons why your land has not sold. One is price and two is marketing. Let's look at each. Although no 2 tracts of land look the same, there is a lot of commonality in pricing. Generally properties within a county have a similar pricing structure. Of...

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What You Need To Know About Site Index.

If you are buying ‘timberland’ you should understand Site Index. It is a number representing soil productivity related to growing trees. For example, a farmer needs to know how many bushels of corn he can grow on an acre of land. Likewise a timberland owner needs to...

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Google Earth Tip for the LAND Broker

Another Land Navigation Tip from your friendly Land Broker. Lots of Land folks use “qpublic.net/ga”  (Tax Assessor Website for Georgia) when searching for property owners or tracts of land. There is a very useful tool on the site. Although many Georgia Counties allow...

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What is Earnest Money For?

Definition – A deposit made to a seller showing the buyer’s good faith in a transaction. Earnest money is typically held by the seller (or buyer) in an escrow account. An escrow account is a temporary pass through account held by a third party during the process of a...

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What You Need To Know About Selling Land

You own a piece of property and you are thinking about selling. Put up a sign and wait on the phone calls. Sounds pretty easy doesn’t it? Let me give you some thing to think about. Everybody needs a roof over their head and a bed to sleep in, not everyone wants to own...

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Know The Best Timber To Harvest Your Timber

I recently attended a ‘Timberland Course’ with other land Brokers across the Southeast. The course was offered by the Georgia Chapter of the Realtors ® Land Insitute. The course was very informative and provided some helpful tips for timberland owners. Most landowners...

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What Do I Need to Know About Due Diligence?

Almost without exception, I am ask about ‘Due Diligence’ more than any other subject in a real estate contract…..so what is it? It is defined as “research and analysis of a company or asset done in preparation for a business transaction or purchase”. A good sales...

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