Category: Questions About Buying Land

The Wall Street Journal published an article last week that has caught the attention of many landowners or those who are considering making a timberland investment. This week I have been tagged by friends and followers in posts and comments on Facebook to ask my thoughts about it. The article is entitled “Thousands of Southerners Planted Trees for Retirement. It Didn’t Work.” Ryan Dezember, the author of the article, makes some very insightful observations and reports on broad trends in the Read more…

Private land ownership is a privilege that, as percentages go, very few people in the whole history of the world have had the opportunity to enjoy. The United States was founded on the principle of private property ownership, and it is a right we still enjoy today. The reasons why people purchase land vary widely. In my experience, there is usually a combination of factors, and a shared ethos that drives the decision to acquire rural real estate. Below are Read more…

We have all heard that “good fences make good neighbors.” I submit to you that good forests make great neighbors. “Why are forests such good neighbors?”, you ask. Consider some of the following reasons you might want to own private property that borders the National Forest lands. 1. Property Lines are Clearly Marked. The Forest Service does a phenomenal job of surveying and marking the property boundaries of their lands. Not only do they paint the trees on the boundaries, but Read more…

“What is a Perc Test?” This is a very important question if you are purchasing an undeveloped piece of property that you are planning to build on. Often rural home sites are far away from public sewer systems, and you will need a way to dispose of household wastewater and gray water. A percolation test, or perc test, helps determine the suitability of the soil to allow the waste water from your home or buildings to drain and filter through Read more…

“Who loans money for land in Alabama?” We get this question quite a bit from people looking to make their first rural land purchase. There are several great lenders that focus almost completely on rural land loans and farm production loans. These lenders understand the many facets of what is involved with making a purchase of timberland, row crops, poultry farms, a hunting or recreational tract, or potential country home site. The traditional land lenders that we work with on a Read more…