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May your troubles be less.

Your blessings be more.

And nothing but happiness come through your door!

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Broker Reputation key in Buyers’ decisionmaking

When recreational land buyers are picking a broker to help them find the perfect property, the broker’s reputation is the top factor in the decision-making process, according to a survey by

In the survey of LandThink readers, 59.2 percent of respondents listed the broker’s reputation as the most important factor. That certainly explains why the brokers in the PotlatchDeltic Preferred Broker network are so successful – they are highly experienced experts who have built reputations as the people to see for recreational property.

Coming in second in the survey results, at 48.2 percent, was the personality of the salesperson, followed by sales fee/commission (45.9 percent) and referrals or references (36.8 percent).

Almost all of these responses come back to the quality of the professional a buyer is going to work with. And there are some simple questions you can ask to determine whether a broker will be a good fit, as Jonathan Goode of the Preferred Broker network wrote about in a LandThink blog post.

Among Jonathan’s tips:

  • Ask family and friends.
  • Do online searches for “land for sale” in your geographic area of interest, and see what brokers are listing property there with a quality marketing presence.
  • And, check for the broker’s experience and professional designations.

Odds are that when you look for recreational property in Minnesota, Idaho, Arkansas, Alabama and Mississippi, you’ll see that the PotlatchDeltic Preferred Brokers are among the top land brokers in each of those states. In fact, 11 brokerages in the Preferred Broker network were named to the Land Report’s “America’s Best Brokerages 2018” list.

And not only are these brokers successful, they have built their businesses by doing things the right way and focusing on the customer first. Call one of them today to get your own process started!

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HUNTING TIPS: Deer Hunting with a Minnesota Outdoorsman


The real estate experts in the PotlatchDeltic Preferred Broker network know all about hunting, fishing and other popular recreational pursuits.

So we asked some of the outdoor enthusiasts on our team for some deer hunting tips as fall turns to winter around the country. Our next set of tips comes from Charlie Chernak, whose brokerage, Bear Island Land Co., Inc., helps buyers around northeast Minnesota, focusing on the area around Ely.

  1.  Before you walk into your deer stand, put a little scent on the bottom of your boots.  I shot a nice buck once who followed me in.
  2. Walk slowly down trails or logging roads on windy days with your face into the wind.  I have crept up on many deer by using this “slow stalk” strategy.
  3. Practice doing a basic buck grunt without the benefit of a call.  This can really be helpful when trying to stop a walking or trotting buck as you are trying to make the shot. Handling a call and putting the crosshairs on the right spot can be cumbersome.

Charlie Chernak

Charlie and his Bear Island team know how to help Minnesotans pick recreational properties that meet their needs, whether the buyer wants to hunt, fish or just relax. Call Charlie or one of the other experts in the PotlatchDeltic Preferred Broker Network to get started.

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Mapping Website helps you Understand your Property Soils

As you determine the value of a recreational property you’re thinking of buying, understanding the soils on the property is extremely important.

Delineating a property’s different types of soil is an important part of developing a solid timber management plan, because some trees grow better in more sandy soil, while other types of trees do better in other types of soils.

And healthy trees and underbrush play an important role in helping wildlife thrive – a key factor in driving the value of a quality recreational property. As just one example, acorns from oak trees supply a good food source for deer.

So how do you figure out the types of soil on a property? Perhaps the best online mapping source is a mapping website run by the U.S. Department of Agriculture that’s based on the department’s surveys of properties around the country.

“The USDA soil map website is the best one we’ve found in terms of quality and accuracy of soils information,” says Rod Osterloh of Close-Converse in Brainerd, Minnesota, a member of the PotlatchDeltic Preferred Broker network. “It’s important to get the right information on soils, because that could impact everything from an area’s potential to hold water to how you will be able to access a property.”

To use the USDA mapping website, an effective way to find a certain property is to use its latitude and longitude, since the USDA site doesn’t index properties by parcel. The information in the USDA maps doesn’t go out of date quickly, Osterloh says, with a shelf life of 20 to 30 years.

The real estate expert helping a buyer needs to know how to interpret the USDA maps, how to understand what the soils are and how the soils impact the quality of the property. So it’s critical that a recreational land buyer work with someone who knows rural property sales.

The experts in the PotlatchDeltic Preferred Broker network fit the bill, with deep experience in understanding everything that goes into a recreational property’s value, whether it’s the soils, the timber or the wildlife. Contact one of our experts today to get the buying process started.

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HUNTING TIPS: Stay scent-free with advance planning


We’ve been asking the recreational property experts in the PotlatchDeltic Preferred Broker for deer hunting tips, and Tom Smith of Tom Smith Land and Homes in Ridgeland, Mississippi has three strong recommendations:

  • Hunters can spend hundreds of dollars on scent killers and enhancers for their clothing, but the secret to keeping your clothes scent-free is to store your clothes in a large zip bag or trash bag. Then, the night before your hunt, place a couple of branches from a pine tree or other native species inside the bag.  This scent will be 100 percent natural and better than any store-bought scent you can find.

  • Hunters absolutely love their hot piping coffee in the deer stand –  so much that they’ll carry a fresh brewed batch in their thermos to the stand. But remember, we can all smell fresh coffee in the morning, and so can the deer.   To help control the smell, take a couple of sheets of saran wrap, rubber bands and a straw with you to the stand and cover your coffee as soon as you pour it and stick a straw through the saran wrap. Enjoy your coffee and your hunt.

  • We all hear of hunters being injured from falling from stands or shooting houses. The biggest culprit causing this is wet, muddy steps and boots. To be safe, stop by your local auto parts store and get a can of rubberized undercoating spray, then spray the steps of your ladder stand or shooting house. Better to be safe than sorry!

Smith is an expert in finding the right hunting properties for buyers in his neck of the woods, as are the other pros in the Potlatch Preferred Broker Network. Call one of our brokers today to get your land-buying process started.

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Certifications show how PotlatchDeltic cares for its Property

If you’re looking to buy recreational property, it’s important to know the property you choose has been well cared for. But how can you be sure that’s the case?

One easy way to get peace of mind is to buy from a well-respected timber company, like PotlatchDeltic, which is known for its commitment to quality forestry practices. This is shown in the fact that all PotlatchDeltic properties carry at least one of two well-respected certifications, from the Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) and the Sustainable Forestry Initiative® (SFI®).

“These certifications are proof that PotlatchDeltic uses quality management practices which are environmentally friendly and effective in growing quality trees,” says Ricky O’Neill, Manager of the Arkansas Region for United Country – Neeley Forestry Service, part of the PotlatchDeltic Preferred Broker network.

Buying a property that’s been managed effectively for timber is also appealing in other respects, O’Neill says. Certified properties have trees retained near creeks and lakes to promote clean water and abundant fish, and provide habitat for wildlife seeking shelter and bedding.

“It just makes sense to buy a property from a timber company that has the knowledge and experience to take the right management approach for each property it owns,” says O’Neill, who was named Forestry Educator of the Year by the Arkansas Forestry Association in 2016.

Recreational buyers in Arkansas are often looking at the investment side of a purchase, even if it isn’t the main reason they are buying, says O’Neill, who routinely works with buyers from all over Arkansas and from nearby states like Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. Buying a property with quality timber is a win-win, providing a place for quality recreation and a way to build long-term financial value.

PotlatchDeltic’s Arkansas properties are rigorously reviewed to maintain SFI and FSC certification.  Auditors visit properties in person, reviewing forest management activities and interviewing logging contractors and company personnel. When an audit is completed, PotlatchDeltic gets reports that detail how well the company is doing in following best practices.

Make some time to talk to one of the recreational property sales experts in the PotlatchDeltic Preferred Broker Network about buying a well-managed property to call your own. Email or call to get the process started!

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Attract Bucks on Your Terms



There is certainly no shortage of deer scents on the market, but how do you use them most effectively in the woods?

A recent blog post on the website offers some good ideas for hunters looking to bag a buck in the winter, with the top tips tied to taking advantage of scrapes that both bucks and does use as a way to communicate.

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For example, using a scent-dripper system in an area of community scrapes will help attract bucks to an area during the day when otherwise it would be tough to spot them at that time. A key to success is finding major scrapes, which tend to grow as fall turns into winter.

Of course, a community scrape may not be in an optimal spot for you to get a good shot, so another popular approach is to create a mock scrape, more of a hit-or-miss proposition, but one that can also be effective.

And to bring a buck away from the most-traveled areas, it can be effective to create a drag line with doe scent, or to place a scent wick in spots where you have good shot lanes, hoping to create a situation where a buck stops for a moment.

As you devise your strategies, be sure to use scents that are approved for use in your state. Some states have banned the use of real deer urine, though synthetic and non-cervid scents (meaning they are not from the deer/elk family) are still allowed in those states.

PotlatchDeltic is a firm believer in following ethical and legal hunting practices, and the real estate experts in the PotlatchDeltic Preferred Broker Network are the right people to talk to as you look for a recreational property to call your own in 2019. Call or contact one of our brokers to start the process, so you can have a home base for all your hunting adventures!

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Exclusive Campsite Leases – Bidding opens 2/4/19!



PotlatchDeltic will begin offering exclusive campsite leases in selected areas of North Idaho. The three areas selected for the initial rollout are Gold Center Creek, east of Clarkia, The Dredges on the Palouse River, and Scofield/Washington Creeks, east of Headquarters.

Why lease?? 

  • You can guarantee your campsite NOW. No need to make plans only to find out your campsite site is already taken when you get there!
  • Each campsite is exclusively leased to the leaseholder, so there will be no need to secure the site as soon as access allows each spring.
  • Want to enjoy your campsite throughout the season and lock up your camping equipment on site?  No problem!

Bidding for Campsite Leases Starts on February 4, 2019 so visit with us online and see what’s available so you’ll be ready to submit your bid.




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Want your Property to be a Legacy? Plan ahead.

Every week, our PotlatchDeltic Preferred Brokers talk to people who want to buy a recreational property that will one day be passed down to their family.

So where do you start? First, “begin with the end in mind,” as motivational guru Steven Covey says.

Rod Osterloh of Close-Converse, a PotlatchDeltic Preferred Broker in Brainerd, Minnesota, has worked to sell legacy properties for decades.

“Know your vision of what the property is going to be after you buy it, and what it will look like when you’re not around anymore,” Rod says. “Will you want the land to be for private benefit, for public benefit, or both?”

Some property owners want their property to stay in the family forever. Others will want to eventually donate the property for conservation. And sometimes, an owner wants to do both – passing along one part of the property to family while donating the rest of it.

As you think about your long-term goals, Rod says, build a team of advisors, with an experienced real estate professional working with such experts as a lawyer, tax expert and wealth manager, depending on the situation.

No matter what path you want to take with your legacy property, Rod offers these four things to think about:

  1. Know how you’re going to use the property before you buy, because this will drive much of your decision-making.

Are you planning to use the property for hunting? Will you be planting timber? Will it have a home or cabin? This information is important to tell your team of advisors, because it could impact everything from potential timber cash flows to how you’ll want the property to be managed.

If you buy the property as a group, it’s important that everyone in the group share a similar vision for the property, reducing the possibility of disagreements in the future.

  1. If you plan to leave the property to your family, think about the type of ownership structure you want.

Often, families form a trust or partnership, and there are pluses and minuses with this approach. With this approach, all members of the partnership get a voice in decisions, but there can be unintended consequences when family members develop different ideas about whether they want to keep the land long-term.

As a hypothetical example, let’s say six siblings inherit a property. But after owning the property for several years, they are disagreeing about the future. Two want to keep the property long-term, two want to sell, and two aren’t sure what to do. What happens then?

Hopefully, the siblings’ parents would have set up buy-sell agreements, giving the siblings the opportunity to buy out each other’s interests. With such agreements in place, the property could stay in the family without creating conflict.

Your team of advisors should be able to think about potential downsides to any possible ownership structure, and can help you put structures in place to prevent issues in the future.

  1. If you decide you want to donate the property, do your homework.

If your property is next to a wildlife management area, you may have the opportunity to donate the property someday. So how do you know if that’s possible?

First, work with your real estate professional to talk to the proper government entity about the possibilities. As an example, in Minnesota you’d start with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Then, as you work with your team, think about implications like how such a donation could impact your taxes.

  1. There also may be the possibility of making a donation while keeping a family retreat.

PotlatchDeltic recently did such a hybrid deal with a 988-acre property in the Brainerd Lakes area of Minnesota. The company first placed a conservation easement on the property while retaining four building sites spread around the property. Then, another owner bought the property, subject to keeping the building sites with their own private easements.

With this approach, the land can never be developed beyond the homesites. Hundreds of acres are preserved for wildlife production. And each building site owner will have the right to use the property and to build a cabin.

No matter which approach you take in planning your legacy property, it’s critical to work with a recreational real estate professional that has experience in working with such properties.

The pros in the PotlatchDeltic Preferred Broker network have this experience, having sold properties that have subsequently stayed in families for years. Call one of our Preferred Brokers today to start planning your own legacy!

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