It’s a great time to get away from it all in Idaho

Even before the COVID-19 pandemic hit, PotlatchDeltic’s properties in Idaho were popular with urbanites in West Coast states like Washington, Oregon, and California. But now, with more people than ever looking to get away from it all, interest in rural properties is surging.

We like to call this trend “recreationally distancing” – leaving the city to have a second home or to live full-time in a place that offers everything from hunting and fishing to camping, kayaking, and hiking.

Nationally, page views of homes in towns with fewer than 50,000 residents were up 87% year-over-year in May on the redfin.com real estate website, more than triple the 22% increase in page views of homes in cities with more than 1 million residents.

And in Idaho, we saw the number of visitors checking out our PotlatchDeltic properties online increase 118% year-over-year in June, with potential buyers viewing a total of 6,700 Idaho featured pages, an increase of 130% over the prior year.

“PotlatchDeltic’s rural properties offer the potential for a great secondary home or simply a weekend camping property,” said Ben Ballard, PotlatchDeltic’s Idaho real estate manager. “Our properties offer the buyer immediate use, with the benefit of having a place to go when the city gets to be too much, either for the weekend, or right now, during the coronavirus crisis.”

Ballard and the Idaho members of the PotlatchDeltic Preferred Broker Network offer attractive, reasonably priced tracts in several rural planned communities that have proven to be popular with buyers from metro areas like Seattle, Portland, and San Francisco.

Three of the communities are in the prime Clearwater County recreational area of Orofino:

  • Huckleberry Estates has elk, white-tailed deer and wild turkeys roaming the area, as well as the occasional ruffed grouse and other small game animals.  The year-round water in Whiskey Creek and other tributaries, along with lush vegetation, create a terrific wildlife habitat.

While the area gets snow in the winter, it doesn’t get as cold as higher elevations, making this a great wintering habitat for most of the area’s game species. In addition to hunting on the property, there are tens of thousands of acres of publicly accessible lands just up the highway, offering you the opportunity to both hunt on your own land and venture out to a wide expanse of hunting opportunity.

Parcels range from 7 to 30 acres, all priced under $100,000. The community is within 10 miles of the quaint community of Orofino and is appealing to rural buyers who are looking for a property without covenants, conditions, and restrictions (CC&Rs).

  • Tie Creek, also near Orofino, has only a few parcels remaining out of the original 25.  Several of the owners have built homes with stunning views overlooking the Dworshak Reservoir and are taking advantage of the Canyon Creek boat launch, which is just down the road.

Parcels range from 20 to 24 acres, with attractive pricing in the $50,000-$60,000 range. The parcels are very suitable for building, are nicely wooded and offer privacy from your neighbors.

The Clearwater River is well-known for its great steelhead runs as well as chinook salmon, while the Dworshak Reservoir, the dammed north fork of the Clearwater, is popular for Kokanee Salmon and small-mouth bass.  In fact, the state record smallmouth was just caught in early May 2020 from Dworshak Reservoir, at 22.75 inches.

  • Sportsman Estates near St. Maries has sold out of its first phase, but a second phase is coming online soon.  In fact, some of the parcels in this next phase are already being spoken for, before even going online.

The second phase of Sportsman Estates includes four parcels from 6.5 to 11 acres and four parcels that are 20+ acres in size.  It’s located near the nationally known St. Joe River, an exceptional fishery for cutthroat trout and great rafting/tubing recreation spot, while the St. Maries River, the tributary to the St. Joe, is just a few miles away, offering a quieter fishing experience.

In addition, Sportsman Road, which passes through Sportsman Estates, offers access to tens of thousands of state-owned and privately-owned timberlands that are open year round for hunting and recreation, along with providing opportunities for foraging for huckleberries in the summer and prized morel mushrooms in the spring.

 

“A PotlatchDeltic property in this part of Idaho is a wonderful getaway that’s within easy reach of nearby cities, yet it makes you feel a world away from urban life,” Ballard said.

To learn more about all the things our Idaho properties have to offer, contact a member of the Idaho PotlatchDeltic Preferred Broker Network and recreationally distance.

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Latah Realty Joins Idaho Preferred Broker Network

Latah Realty is a full-service real estate broker based in Moscow, Idaho. Their team have a collective 144 years of real estate experience. As one of the longest running and the oldest continuously locally owned/managed real estate brokerage firms in Latah County, their agents are primarily long-time, local residents who understand the greater Latah County area and the communities and neighborhoods within it. Welcome to the team!

To learn more about Latah Realty, read their profile or visit with them online at www.latahrealty.com.

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Arkansas Preferred Broker Profile: Davis DuBose Knight Forestry & Real Estate

At Davis DuBose Knight Forestry & Real Estate in Arkansas, knowing both recreational real estate and forestry creates a win-win for buyers. With real estate experts and registered foresters on staff, the Davis DuBose Knight (DDK) team helps people find properties for hunting and recreation that also provide long-term value as the trees grow.

“Our buyers tend to come from Arkansas, and also from Louisiana, Texas and Oklahoma,” said Mark Knight, part owner and CEO for DDK. “We specialize in rural properties and are well-suited to help someone navigate the ins and outs of a land purchase.”

Knight, who has a B.S. in Agricultural Business/Agronomy and an MBA from the University of Arkansas, heads up sales of PotlatchDeltic properties for DDK, and says PotlatchDeltic properties are an excellent value for recreational land buyers. “PotlatchDeltic has quality properties for sale, and a major plus is how the professional land managers at PotlatchDeltic have cared for the property, and they are always so helpful in providing property data for potential buyers,” Knight said. “Also, the company does much of the paperwork, reducing the hassles for a buyer.”

Deer and turkey hunting is a big attraction for many of DDK’s PotlatchDeltic buyers, while buyers are also often looking to add to an existing land holding or to have the opportunity for other recreational pursuits like RV-ing or hiking. And for many, taking some of the economic value of the timber on a property can make owning it and caring for it more affordable over time.

Knight, who leads the company with business partners Pat DuBose and Ray Galloway, says technology continues to help the buying process in a significant way. “We can direct someone to a property even if we aren’t able to meet them right away, instead of waiting a week, or sometimes more, to schedule a showing,” he said. “And
with all the tools available online, buyers can get a tremendous amount of information about a property before they ever set foot on it.”

DDK and PotlatchDeltic real estate team members on a duck hunting trip (L to R): Cole Westbrook (DDK), Mark Knight (DDK), Mark Bice (PCH), Scott Corley (PCH) and Derek Franklin (DDK).

Knight and a team of six professionals manage as many as 50 PotlatchDeltic property listings at any one time. His team works closely with PotlatchDeltic to pick out tracts for sale that offer prime recreational opportunities, whether it’s a tract in Perry County that has hardwood trees and a creek on the property, or recreational land in Van Buren County that’s near the Sugar Loaf Recreation Area and all it has to offer. Knight loves visiting new places around the state and sharing these undiscovered parcels with buyers who love the land the way he does.

With buyers ranging from retirees looking to build a vacation home to couples that have purchased land for camping and fishing with their younger children, Knight shares his clients’ passion for recreation. In fact, he and his wife, Tiffany, are passing along this love for the land to their sons. “Our kids are at an age where soccer and baseball are a big part of life, but they are also developing an appreciation for the outdoors,” Knight said. “That is such a wonderful thing to pass down through the generations, I think.”

For more information about Davis DuBose Knight Forestry & Real Estate or its PotlatchDeltic land listings: 
1100 Asbury Road | Little Rock, AR 72211 | Phone: 501-219-8600
Website: www.forestryrealestate.com | Email: mknight@forestryrealestate.com

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Arkansas Game and Fish Commission – making a difference

Arkansas Game and Fish Commission manages:

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  • 60,000 miles of rivers and streams,
  • 600,000 acres of lakes,
  • and cooperatively manages 3.2 million acres of public land.

In addition to growing the white-tail deer population and keeping education and future conservation efforts active, AGFC supports the growth of outdoor recreational tourism in The Natural State! Thank you AGFC!!

 

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Recreational Distancing featured in our latest newsletter!

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More people than ever are looking to get away from it all – we call this trend “recreational distancing.” So if you’re ready to find your getaway to hunt, camp, fish, kayak, hike, or just relax, now is a great time to look as people are returning to normal, albeit adapted, routines. You could buy now and be out on your land this Fall! So, if owning your own property is something you’re considering, we invite you to read our latest newsletter issue! It’s chock-full of interesting tidbits like…

  • Keys to hiring an expert to help you buy recreational property. Did you know there’s no extra cost to you when you work with one of the PotlatchDeltic Preferred Brokers?  
  • It’s a great time to get away from it all in Idaho.  Read about all that north Idaho has to offer, including several of our popular rural planned communities.  
  • Don’t miss the Property Showcase to see some amazing land-buying opportunities.  Prefer to watch the video?  Click here.  

All this and more… don’t miss a single tidbit!  You’ll find all these great articles in this issue of The Property Perspective – ONLINE or PDF (to read, just click on your preferred viewing format).

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.     

Happy recreational distancing! 

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PotlatchDeltic a Top 5 Timberland Owner & Manager

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Remaining in the top 5 for another year, PotlatchDeltic was ranked #5 in the 2020 ranking of top timberland owners and managers in North America.

A small percentage of our overall ownership is available for sale in Alabama, Arkansas, Idaho, Louisiana, Minnesota and Mississippi.  We are proud to be able to share our heritage of conservation and our commitment to renewable resources.

Looking to become a private timberland owner yourself? Contact us today and let us help you get started!

 

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Quick Tips to get Ready for Deer Season

In these dog days of summer, it not seem like deer hunting season is just around the corner. But it will be here before we know it, so it’s time to get ready.

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Outdoor Life recently listed seven good tips for getting ready this summer. They center on taking the time to learn your hunting spots intimately, first by studying maps and apps, and then by hiking around the property and finding places where you can study different areas with your binoculars.

Then, technology comes into play. Trail cams – set up in places like food and water sources – are invaluable, and doing some fake scrapes near your setup spots can increase the chance that bucks will visit.

Then, put all your plans together, by working to spot and follow bucks that you will want to pursue once the season begins, learning their habits before it’s time to hunt. And finally, have patience when the season begins, knowing that patience and tenacity are all-important.

In fact, the story recounts how a hunter bagged a buck 51 days after he had first spotted his target back in the previous July. He knew the buck’s primary lair, and knew when to be in his stand and be ready.

Preparation is the key to success, and NOW is the time to start.

If you’re looking for a home base for your hunting trips, contact one of the land sales experts in the PotlatchDeltic Preferred Broker Network today. There’s still plenty of time to have a spot of your own to camp, hunt, recreationally distance, and do everything you love outdoors.

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Amid Stock Market Storm, Land is a Safe Haven for Investors

Through the Land Think Pulse Question in May 2020, we asked and you answered! When the stock market becomes volatile, how likely are you to invest in land?

The online survey revealed that 40.6% of respondents are VERY LIKELY to invest in land amid stock market uncertainty. Land Think concluded that as fears around the coronavirus spread across the global economy, investors are looking for the calm in the coronavirus storm and are moving out of stocks and into safe haven assets like land.

For those who prefer a more stable, consistently rewarding avenue of investment, land real estate could be the answer. To read more, visit LandThink.com and read the full article.  When you’re ready to start your land search, contact a member of our Preferred Broker Network and start recreationally distancing.

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Now is the Time to get your Land Ready for Hunting Season

Plant spring food plots now. And don’t forget to mow and spray those existing clover plots. (Bill Konway photo)

It’s no secret that when it comes to hunting, fortune favors those who plan ahead. And for recreational property owners looking to improve the quality of wildlife on their land, now is the time to take steps that can pay off in future hunting seasons.

The summer is a great time to get smarter about your land. Take soil samples to learn more about what will and won’t grow on the property. Set up trail cameras so you have a better understanding of the wildlife on your property, such as where deer like to bed down and find food and water. Also, scout the property, so every section will be familiar to you when it comes time for hunting season.

In addition to gaining knowledge about your property, this is also the perfect time to clear land for food plots, to plant food plots, and set up or repair your tree stands. As for water, there are fairly simple and affordable ways to use 50- to 100-gallon water tanks to create more water sources for the wildlife on your land.

Realtree.com has a helpful blog post with tips like these on its website. And if you don’t yet have a recreational property to call your own, contact one of the experts in our PotlatchDeltic Preferred Network of rural land experts to start your search in Idaho, Minnesota, Arkansas, Alabama or Louisiana.

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PotlatchDeltic & its Brokers Named as Best Brokerages 2020

These brokerages have been named among “America’s Best Brokerages 2020” by the prestigious, The Land Report in the most recent update of the annual survey. We’re proud that our brokers have consistently been included in the list since its inception. Congratulations to every member of the PotlatchDeltic Preferred Broker Network for making Land Report’s annual list of top land brokers!!

AND, through their United Country Real Estate affiliation:

Brokers in the PotlatchDeltic Preferred Broker Network are experts in all aspects of recreational property sales. With decades of experience and deep knowledge of their geographic areas, they understand everything from what makes a quality hunting property to understanding how to ensure that a property fits a buyer’s exact needs.

Congratulations to all.  Keep up the good work!

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