Avoiding Pitfalls when Buying Recreational Property

When you start thinking about buying recreational land for sale to call your own, it’s important to realize that this is quite different from buying a house. Every piece of property is different, and it’s important to work with a recreational real estate expert to help you avoid some of the common pitfalls recreational buyers sometimes experience.

Recreational land buyers we work with at PotlatchDeltic often talk about how they haven’t made this type of purchase before, so they appreciate it when an expert helps them along the way, and when they find a property where there are no significant issues, reducing the chance of surprises in the buying process.

For some assistance, this article published on LandThink.com by Mark Bice, a Senior Real Estate & Acquisitions Manager for PotlatchDeltic, offers up six tips to help a buyer go through the process of buying recreational land with no pitfalls! Click below to read the full article.


Members of the PotlatchDeltic Preferred Broker Network can help you as you seek out recreationally distanced land buying options, from site visit through closing. Contact the broker nearest where you’re interested in taking the next step toward buying.

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New Year, New Newsletter! What’s your land buying resolution?

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Happy New Year! ‘Getting away from it all’ has been a theme throughout 2020, and that need for ‘recreational distancing’ is stronger than ever as we move into the new year. So if you’re ready to find your getaway to hunt, camp, fish, kayak, hike, or just relax, make a resolution to start your land search in 2021! Begin with a read of this newsletter, where you’ll learn more about:

  • Steps to take before you start your rural, recreational land buying journey.
  • Meet our newest Idaho Preferred Broker team- Latah Realty.
  • Check out the Property Showcase to see some amazing land-buying opportunities. Prefer to watch the video? Click here.
You’ll find all these great articles in this issue of The Property Perspective! To read, just click on your preferred viewing format – ONLINE or PDF.
We invite you to preview PotlatchDeltic’s premier property inventory in Alabama, Arkansas, Idaho, Louisiana or Mississippi.
We’re here when you’re ready to take that next step. Have questions or not sure how to get started? Send us an email.
All of us at PotlatchDeltic wish you a happy, healthy, prosperous, and safe recreationally-distanced 2021!
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Happy New Year from all of us at PotlatchDeltic!

All of us at PotlatchDeltic thank you for your continued support and wish you a very Happy New Year! 🎉

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Buying Recreational Property near Public Land – ARKANSAS

If you’re looking to buy recreational land in Arkansas, the advantages of being near public lands are pretty clear. In addition to being able to use your property for hunting, four-wheeling, hiking, camping or other outdoor activities, you can have easy access to thousands of acres nearby for all your activities.

There are a number of factors to consider if thinking about focusing your land search on tracts near public lands. With that in mind, here are six things to think about:

Sugar Loaf; Van Buren County, Arkansas
The property is adjacent to the Sugar Loaf Recreational area, Arkansas’ first National Trail.

  1. Being near public lands can be a positive for land value.  As a general rule, having property that’s contiguous to public land is almost always a benefit and can have a positive impact on value. That said, the level of enhanced value will vary, depending on the quality and attractiveness of the public land use area, along with other factors like the level of access between properties.So as you consider different properties for sale, also consider the quality of the public land nearby. If that land has quality wildlife, attractive scenery and a good water supply, those are significant bonuses. Another tip: If you don’t want to be near crowds, consider buying near the National Forest in an area that doesn’t appear to have easy access for the average hunter or outdoor recreationalist.
  2. It’s important to know all applicable hunting regulations as you think about how you would use a property. The best place for hunters to find the applicable regulations, along with a wealth of other information, is on the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission website. Certainly, it’s important to know when the various hunting seasons run, for your planning, and it’s also good to know about such things as rules for hunting on public land.
  1. Do your homework as you start looking for recreational properties near public land, so you can focus on certain geographic areas. The Arkansas recreational land sales experts at Davis DuBose Knight Forestry & Real Estate have a number of public lands they would suggest for starting a search of nearby properties, such as the Blue Mountain Wildlife Management Area, Hope Upland WMA, Ouachita National Forest, Sulphur River WMA, Rick Evans Grandview Prairie WMA, Pond Creek National Wildlife Refuge, and Felsenthal National Wildlife Refuge.
  1. Of course, you don’t have to have a recreational property next door to public lands to enjoy them. Many recreational properties are not right next to public lands, but within easy reach of them. In many cases, these properties can provide the best of everything, combining the peace of quiet of a tract that isn’t well-traveled, along with being a short drive away from popular, more highly frequented public lands.
  1. Working with a real estate professional that focuses on recreational land is a key to success in finding the right property for you. Real estate agents who specialize in selling homes usually don’t have the experience and knowledge needed to find a quality recreational property.In addition to knowing where to look, a recreational real estate pro can help a buyer navigate everything from ensuring that a tract has sufficient access, to determining the quality of timber on a property, to gauging the quality of wildlife on the land.And it’s important to have a real estate pro at your side if  you’re looking for the most in-demand tracts. Owners tend to hold on to recreational properties next to public lands for years, so when a quality property goes on sale and is priced right, it will sell fast.
  1. Advantages of owning recreational property near public land can be maximized with a little extra work on your part. There is a bonus for hunters of private land near public lands. In most areas, public lands will not have food plots, so growing quality food plots on your property can make your land very attractive to deer and other wildlife in the area.Keep in mind that while you can access and use nearby public lands, there is also a possibility that hunters, hikers and others may cross over into your property if your boundaries are not clearly marked. A professional land broker can recommend someone to help you paint your boundary lines or establish other markers clearly identifying where your property begins.

PotlatchDeltic sells recreational land around Arkansas that appeals to anyone who loves the outdoors and wants a home base for their activities. Visit our website to see Arkansas recreational properties for sale and the contact a member of our Preferred Broker Network to get your land search started.

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Getting better at turkey calls takes practice and more practice!

Are you trying to sound like live turkeys, or other turkey hunters? (John Hafner photo)

Photo credit: John Hafner

It’s a few days after Thanksgiving.  Still have turkeys on the brain?  Certainly, one of the many skills that are helpful in hunting turkeys is the ability to attract birds with a call.

It’s as much of an art as a science, and there are many potential reasons why your calls aren’t working. As a story on the Realtree website points out, the problem could be anything from using the wrong cadence, to being in the wrong spot, to not taking your time.

Like many things in life, the best way to improve is to practice. A lot. It’s also helpful to learn from friends who are masters at calling, whether it’s imitating their rhythm, or seeing what equipment works best for them.

And while many hunters tend to use traditional types of callers, like boxes, pots and diaphragms, there are also other options. As a blog post on the National Wild Turkey Federation notes, tube calls, scratch boxes and trough calls can also be effective. So try different types and see what works for you.

As you get out in the woods this winter, think about how nice it would be to have a spot nearby to camp or build a cabin. PotlatchDeltic has numerous recreational properties within easy reach of quality turkey hunting spots, so contact one of the experts in the PotlatchDeltic Preferred Broker Network to get a spot of your own.

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Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at PotlatchDeltic – be thankful! 

If you cannot reach us this week, it’s because we are spending the holiday with family & friends.  
Please visit with us online or contact us on Monday, November 30th.  Happy Thanksgiving!

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All the Turkey Season dates & regulations in one place!

There’s no more fitting time than Thanksgiving to be thinking about your next turkey hunt! The National Wild Turkey Federation has a helpful roundup of turkey season dates and regulations from around the country on its website, along with some interesting speculation about how the COVID-19 pandemic might be affecting hunters this fall and winter.

On one hand, restrictions on many indoor activities may lead to more interest in hunting than ever, since it provides a way to enjoy outdoor time with friends and family. But conversely, the pandemic might be cutting down on the number of hunters who travel greater distances to hunt on their favorite spots.

Regardless, as turkey seasons continue around the country, this is a good time to think about getting your own home base for your hunting trips.

PotlatchDeltic sells quality recreational properties in many areas that offer quality turkey hunting, along with a host of other activities. Contact one of the recreational real estate experts in the PotlatchDeltic Preferred Broker Network today.


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Veterans Day 2020

…ON THE ELEVENTH HOUR OF THE ELEVENTH DAY OF THE ELEVENTH MONTH, we celebrate this day which is dedicated to the cause of world peace.  Thank you for your service. 

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PotlatchDeltic can help all types of Arkansas real estate buyers

If you’re looking to buy land in Arkansas, PotlatchDeltic may have what you’re looking for, whether it’s rural land for outdoor recreation, a weekend getaway home or cabin, or a new home or homesite in the desirable urban areas of west Little Rock and Hot Springs.

PotlatchDeltic has about 70,000 acres in its recreational land sales program, part of the total 930,000 acres the company owns in Arkansas. We have properties for sale of all sizes, located everywhere from north Arkansas (near recreational areas like Greers Ferry Lake) to south Arkansas (near great duck hunting habitats).

Recreational and timberland properties are sold through our two Preferred Broker Network members in the state – Davis Dubose Knight Forestry & Real Estate, and Neeley Forestry Service – United Country Real Estate.

“Whether recreational buyers want northern Arkansas properties with changes in elevation and more hardwoods, or properties to the south that have gentle rolling topography with hardwood bottomland, streamside wildlife corridors and pine timber investment strategies, we have buyers covered,” said Mark Bice, Senior Real Estate & Acquisitions Manager for PotlatchDeltic.

And for Arkansas real estate buyers who want a home in town, we also have excellent options for you. We have established two of the most desirable master-planned new home communities in central Arkansas – Chenal Valley in west Little Rock, and Red Oak Ridge in Hot Springs.

We sell new and resale homes as well as homesites to builders and the public through our broker, Chenal Properties. In the Chenal Valley area, we offer a number of appealing new home neighborhoods, including the recently completed Wildwood Place and the first phase of our long-awaited Fletcher Valley development, an area called Fletcher Ridge.

All of the Chenal Valley area neighborhoods are in the heart of west Little Rock, an area known for quality retail and restaurants, the highly-regarded Chenal Country Club and golf course, and plenty of outdoor activities for the entire family.

Red Oak Ridge in Hot Springs attracts a wide variety of buyers of all ages, with interest continuing to grow as the Hot Springs area gains more popularity as a great place to live. Hot Springs combines a rural, hometown feel with all the amenities a city resident should expect.

With a homegrown staff that has decades of experience, PotlatchDeltic knows Arkansas real estate, and we are ready to help you find the property that fits your needs. All of our properties have roots as timberland and share a sustainable legacy as premier places to live, work and play. For recreational properties, call one of our Preferred Broker Network experts, and for Chenal Valley, Fletcher Valley or Red Oak Ridge, talk to the folks at Chenal Properties.

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