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It’s never too soon to buy your own hunting property!

It can be a challenge to find a hunting spot where you have some room to roam without other hunters all around you. One solution, of course, is to buy your own recreational property.

In a recent story in Bowhunter magazine, author Tony Peterson talks about how he has long believed that it’s never too soon to have a hunting property to call your own.

“I look at buying hunting land like getting in shape or going on that once-in-a-lifetime elk hunt,” he writes. “We all talk a big game, but most of us will never do any of them even though we could probably do all of them somehow. The first step is to get over our mental hangups about each and then make a plan. After that, it’s a matter of sticking to it, which without doubt, is the difficult part.”

Peterson, who hunts in Minnesota and Wisconsin, bought his first hunting property at age 31 – a Wisconsin property that was a bit out of the way and certainly not a prime hunting spot. But it was a start, and he has since bought two other properties to have his own private places to hunt.

The recreational land sales experts in the PotlatchDeltic Preferred Broker network are seeing more and more younger buyers like Peterson – outdoor enthusiasts who want a spot for their kids to enjoy and to use as a getaway with their hunting pals.

PotlatchDeltic sells land in a variety of shapes and sizes, always striving to match the right property with the buyer’s budget. Now is a good time to be looking for a property of your own: After all, hunting season will be here again before you know it.

If you’re interested in buying a recreational property in Minnesota, Idaho, Arkansas, Alabama or Mississippi, PotlatchDeltic’s Preferred Broker Network is the place to start. Call one of our brokers today to get started!



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Last Minute 4th of July Camping

This year, the 4th of July falls on a Wednesday.  A mid-week holiday means that you have your choice of long weekends – before the holiday or after it.  Or, some of you may take the whole week and save a vacation day at work!  What will you choose?

And, iImage result for 4th of July campingf you’re just deciding now about camping for the holiday, you may be looking for some last minute ideas.

“Reserving a campsite isn’t out of the question, even if you’re only a few days away from the big holiday weekend. You might not get that coveted spot with sweeping views of the lake, but you’ll still get the opportunity to smell like a bonfire each and every night.”, according to a post on REI.com.  Check out the article for other tips for your  last-minute camping getaway.

No matter what you do, enjoy the time with friends and family.  And if you’d like to make sure you always have a place to camp contact one of our Preferred Brokers and start your land hunt.  Come next 4th of July, you’ll be all set!

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Campfire Safety Common Sense

This is a high-risk time for forest fires, and as we head into the summer, the chance of wildfires in many areas of the country is particularly high due to a lack of rain.

The threat of wildfires has been noted by the National Interagency Fire Center in a number of states around the country.

“Everyone in the woods can do their part by being careful with their campfires,” said Mark Bice, Senior Real Estate and Acquisitions Manager for PotlatchDeltic, who works on company initiatives in the Southeast. “It’s important to pay attention to your fire so it doesn’t create a problem.”

In areas where campfires are permitted, it’s important to follow some common-sense steps as you decide where to put your campfire, build it, and monitor it. A story on the Active.Com website has a list of five things to think about that are worth remembering:

  1. Look up and look around as you pick your campfire site, to make sure there are no bushes or low-hanging branches nearby.
  2. Safety-proof your fire pit with a 5-foot perimeter of dirt around it.
  3. Keep water and a shovel nearby in case you need to react after a wind gust or other unforeseen event causes the fire to spread beyond the pit.
  4. Make sure someone is keeping an eye on the fire at all times.
  5. Put the fire out before you go to sleep, with no exceptions.

“Many safety rules in the woods are just common sense, and with wildfires a major concern, it’s important for people to pay attention to everything they are doing as they camp, hunt or do other activities,” said Jim Lemieux, Senior Manager, Idaho Real Estate for PotlatchDeltic.

Taking care of the land is a top priority for PotlatchDeltic, which is reflected by the quality of the recreational properties we sell. If you are interested in buying a recreational property in Minnesota, Idaho, Arkansas, Alabama or Mississippi, PotlatchDeltic’s Preferred Broker Network is the place to start.

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Happy Father’s Day

From all of us at PotlatchDeltic…

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Avoid these common mistakes as you plant food plots

Planting a food plot to attract wildlife to your hunting property takes careful planning, and the last thing you’ll want is to see the crops fail. In a nutshell, an excellent list of tips on the Deer & Deer Hunting website involves everything from understanding the soil at the food plot’s location, to making sure the site is weed-free, to matching the crops to the soil.

But beyond these crop-specific tips, the list also includes other things to think about. For example, don’t plant the food plot near your property line. Make the project more fun by involving your family in the process. Take the proper steps to protect your crops from wildlife as it starts to grow.

DeerandDeerHunting.com | September 2017

But don’t focus only on keeping your crops protected as they grow. Think about the food plot’s location as a future hunting spot. Install shrub cover around the crops, which will help bucks feel more secure as they visit. Plan the location so you’ll be able to approach the area without wildlife realizing it. And make sure it isn’t in an area where you’ll be staring into the afternoon sun as you approach.

The recreational real estate experts in the PotlatchDeltic Preferred Broker network can help you in picking a property that fits your needs and has strong hunting potential. This summer is an excellent time to buy, so you can be hunting this fall in a spot that’s all your own.

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For land buyers, there’s no such thing as a dumb question

Sometimes, it might seem a bit overwhelming when you look to buy recreational property. The process can seem more complicated than buying a house, as you consider everything from easements to road access to timber values.

But take comfort in a simple fact: There’s no such thing as a dumb question.

“You don’t have to be a recreational property expert to be a smart land buyer,” says Rod Osterloh, ALC of LandRadar.com by Close~Converse in Minnesota, a member of the PotlatchDeltic Preferred Broker network. “A knowledgeable, experienced real estate pro will take the time to walk you through any question or issue you have. Just ask the question – we want you to be totally comfortable with your decision.”

So how do you come up with a list of good questions? A blog post on Land.com provides a solid list of questions to think about. As a few examples: Does the property have clear title? How do I access the property? What are the financing alternatives for land? How is it zoned? Are there hunting leases on the property? What structures or improvements are included, such as fencing or outbuildings?

In addition to basic questions about the status of the property, it’s a good idea to also come up with a list of questions that might seem, well, pushy. But they aren’t.

For example, ask about the neighbors. Do they take care of their property in terms of wildlife management? Have there ever been disagreements over access or other issues?

Then, find out why the seller is selling the property, and determine the factors that play into the price, such as timber values, location or water features. Have your broker explain why this property fits your needs vs. other properties.

And learn everything you can about things to do on the property and around it. Ask detailed questions about the quality of wildlife, and about the quality of water and food sources. Find out about recreational opportunities nearby, whether it’s public land for hunting, or rivers or lakes for water recreation.

Finally, don’t be shy about asking about the timber on the property. Work with the broker to determine its value, and start thinking about whether you might want to do selective harvesting, either for cash flow or to enhance the property for wildlife or aesthetics.

“The key in being a smart buyer is that if there’s something you are wondering about, you need to ask about it,” says Tom Smith of Tom Smith Land & Homes in Mississippi, a PotlatchDeltic Preferred Broker. “There are so many questions to ask, but make sure you take the time to be 100 percent sure of your decision.”

PotlatchDeltic Preferred Brokers are happy to answer any questions you have, so don’t be shy.  Call, email or make an appointment with one today and you could ‘boots on the ground’ walking on your new property before the summer is over!








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Happy Memorial Day

All of us at PotlatchDeltic thank you for your service.
Wishing you all a safe and happy Memorial Day weekend.

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Showing off our Spring Property Showcase

If April showers bring May flowers, maybe they’ll help you find your dream property too?

With hunting, recreational, timberland and rural land listings from 20 to over 200 acres and prices to fit any budget, your search starts here!


Lavell Township, MN
40 acres | $39,900
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St. Maries, ID
17 acres | $69,750

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Butler County, AL
37 acres | $107,250
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Cleveland County, AR
77 acres | $222,215
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All Arkansas Listings


Madison County, MS
206 acres | $458,250
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All Mississippi Listings

So, whether you’re a first-time buyer just getting started or you’d like to expand your property holdings, we welcome you to PotlatchDeltic – the only name you need to know when it comes to buying recreational property.


Click here to tell us a little more and we’d be happy to introduce you to a member of our team – each an expert in their neck of the woods and the perfect partner in your search for your dream property.

Have questions or not sure how to get started?  Send us an email.

Happy hunting!

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Financing Options for Rural Land Purchases

For many buyers, getting financing for their recreational property purchase makes a lot of sense.

“Some buyers don’t want to tie up too much money in a property right away,” says Scott Garrett, CEO of Freedom Northwest Credit Union, which has provided financing for a number of PotlatchDeltic property buyers in Idaho. “And for many people, a loan on a recreational property can be a fairly simple process.”

Garrett, who leads a team that finances many rural land sales in Idaho, took some time to answer some questions that potential borrowers often have:

Q: Are there many options for financing a recreational property?
Garrett: There are lenders in many parts of the country who finance rural properties, and it’s important to work with a lender who understands this type of property. It’s different than financing a primary home. We lend on a wide variety of rural properties, knowing that it’s always important that a property have several things in place – clear access and a reputable appraisal.
Q: Will I have to put money down for a loan on a recreational property?
Garrett: We will certainly want to have money down to make a loan. The amount the borrower puts down often depends on the size of the loan. Many buyers will put 50 percent down, while 30 percent is considered a considerable down payment. For us, 20 percent is usually a starting place.
Q: What if you want to finance improvements to the property as part of the loan?
Garrett: There often can be ways to do that. As a hypothetical example, let’s say someone is getting an $80,000 property and they say they can put half down, $40,000. We may work it out where they keep $20,000 of that to put into improvements that will increase the value of the property.
Q: What kind of rate can I expect to pay?
Garrett: That will depend on the quality of your credit, and how much you put down.
Q: Is the loan process complicated for financing a recreational property?
Garrett: It’s not a complicated process. One thing that can help it go very smoothly is to get a letter of credit from a lender before you pick out a property. This ties into how it’s a good idea to talk to the lender before you get too far down the road on buying a property.
This can be very helpful. For example, you may think you need to pay something else off before you buy a property to help your credit situation, when it may be better to put that money into a down payment on the property.

The PotlatchDeltic Preferred Broker in your area can recommend quality lending options for you to consider as you start the process of getting your dream property.

Garrett and his team of lenders is ready to help PotlatchDeltic buyers in Idaho.  Interested buyers who want to get pre-financed can call Teresa Childs at Freedom Northwest Credit Union at 866-687-5228.
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