Land as an Investment

I deal with clients all of the time that want to own land but do not view themselves as a land investor, and I think that is a mistake. Land is a capital asset. In most cases, it’s expensive, and for most people, a land investment will be the single most expensive investment they make in their lifetime except maybe for their home. Truth be told, your land purchase could be more expensive than your home. If you are a land buyer, whether you are a timber man, hunter, outdoor enthusiast, or stock market refugee, you are INVESTING. You … [Read more...]

A Place of Your Own Part Three: Get a Plan

It is a simple, undeniable fact that most of us aspire to own land. We all want a place in the country, a get away, a retirement retreat, a legacy to leave the kids. And while most of us want, unfortunately, most of us won’t. We all have the desire. We all have the ability to dream big dreams that start out, “Someday I’m going to own…..” So, why is it that most people never seem to get past dreaming about land ownership and actually pull the trigger? Is it fear? Is it lack of knowledge? Is it lack of finances? Maybe, but I think the … [Read more...]

A Place of Your Own

Tomorrow we will begin a new series entitled, "A Place of Your Own" which you find in my blog each week.  We have all read articles on how great land investment is and how it has out performed other investments over the course of the last fifteen years....but how many times can you say those things?  At the Greenwood Project, we believe our mission is to not only tell you what a great investment land and the latest news regarding investment issues but to help you get there.  In this series, we will go step by step through the process....of … [Read more...]

What is conservation…..really?

A simple question..... Last week I asked a question of our Facebook Fans.  What does conservation mean to you?  My thoughts were that conservation had become a general term whose meaning depended a lot on the person who used it (and their political viewpoint).  It is with this mindset as a backdrop that I spent three days attending the Mother Earth News Fair in central PA last week. Conservation vacation? I'm not really sure what I expected, but the Mother Earth News folks had asked me to come speak about landowner responsibility, … [Read more...]

USDA Seeks Conservation Acres for New Farmers

Land owners who are willing to sell or lease conservation acres to new farmers could receive federal money because of a new program offered by the Department of Agriculture. Click here to learn more and read article … [Read more...]

When Looking for Land

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Water Part Three: Do your homework

I think a lot of folks want a small meandering creek because they are nice to look at, but they also want them in case they want a lake at some point in the future.  I’ve heard a thousand times that a tract had a creek and a “beautiful lake site” on it.   Here’s some advice - unless you hear that statement from an engineer who jut performed a lake design on the property, ignore it.  The simple truth is that most folks will never build a lake or pond.  It is expensive, time consuming, and in most states, difficult to get permitted.  If you want … [Read more...]

Water Part Two: Don’t get caught up in terminology……

What is the difference between a river, a creek, a stream, and a branch?  When does a pond become a lake?  While size can play into the answer to all of these questions, the definition of these words is less important to me than what the person saying them actually means.  For example, Potato Creek in South Georgia can be a raging torrent several hundred feet across, while the Mississippi River in Minnesota is small enough to jump across.  This fact was driven home to me a year or so ago when a friend purchased 100 acres with a nice “creek” … [Read more...]

Water Part One: Does the tract have water on it?

I have been involved in land sales and purchases for many years now, and the most persistent question from land buyers (me included) is, “Does the tract have water on it?”  Good question.  As a land investor, water has always been important to me because it always seemed important to the folks I was selling land to.  But, why?  Well, a few years ago I asked an older gentleman why this was such a big deal to him.  “Son, I figure a creek would be hard to add after I buy some land, so I’d much prefer to have it from the start.” Good … [Read more...]

More Good News!

Did you realize that forest land has increased 10% since 1920, despite a 143% increase in population!! Also, over 36 million acres of commercially suited forest land are in permanent preserves that will never be harvested.  That is good news! … [Read more...]