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.

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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When Is the Best Time To Sell My property?

We are all about the seasons and seasons affect our lives and activities. So what is the best season to sell your LAND?If you are selling a house, you probably want it ready to show in the spring. The flowers are in bloom, pools look inviting, the grass is green and...

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Should I thin every 3rd Row or 5th Row?

I was talking to a colleague the other day about a stand of trees that where recently thinned for the second time. The stand of trees is split by a road and each side is owned by a different owner. The entire tract was originally owned by a paper company and planted...

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Mixing Forestry and Real Estate

I had a client approach me about their property. After a conversation with them, it was apparent that they wanted to sell their property but not immediately. They have a 5 – 10 year time frame for selling. They were interested in generating some immediate cash flow...

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Tell Me More About Surveying!

Although I am not a surveyor, I get questions about surveying from time to time so I thought the topic worthy of a post.Purpose – The purposes of a survey are numerous, the most common are: 1) Determine property lines and corners and 2) Determine the number of acres...

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Land Navigation for the Land Owner and Land Broker!

I love the topic, I use these tips often to locate property corners and property lines. Let’s start with Google Earth.1. I Start by drawing the property on Google Earth using the polygon tool at the top. This creates a KMZ file. Google Earth allows you to email the...

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How Do I Choose the Right Realtor to Sell My Land?

To start with not all real estate is the same! If you have residential, commercial or land,  choose a Realtor ®  who specializes in that type real estate. For example if you have a knee injury, will you go see the allergy doctor, of course not!  I have...

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How Do I Finance That Tract of Land?

Many people recognize the importance of diversifying their investment portfolio and that may mean investing in some land (timberland, recreational, agricultural or maybe that old farm you would like to retire to).  You may have the cash or maybe you need some...

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When To Thin…How To Thin!

I was on my way to the courthouse and saw something very interesting and thought it worthy of a blog post!  Many people wonder, when should I thin, how should I thin and the list goes on and on. Let’s begin by defining Live Crown Ration. Live Crown ration is a...

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BUY Land with a PARTNER or go it ALONE?

I recently participated in a LandThink survey. LandThink brings together the various components of the land industry and provides land investing knowledge, ideas and networking opportunities to land professionals and investors to create a stronger land marketplace....

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