Mapping Software for the LAND Broker

I am excited to tell you about a new mapping software program I am now using called MapRight. What I love about this program is ease of use and the quick ability to produce high quality maps with tons of information. It puts GIS in the hands of lay people. I have...

Own Land and Want to Save on Your Taxes?

If you own LAND, there are ways to save on your property tax bill. There are two programs that landowners can enroll in. One is the Forest Land Protection Act (FLPA) and the other is Conservation Use Covenant Conservation Use Covenant – Owners of agricultural land,...

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...

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...

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....

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...

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...

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...

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...