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Interview - Discussing Financing Land


Pat Porter interviews lenders with the Louisiana Land Bank  about the details of financing rural real estate.

02 September

5 Reasons Small Hunting Tracts Can Work



Don't put off buying your own hunting land just because you can't buy something big right now. Small tracts can work!

28 August

Tips to Win More Sealed Bid Sales


4 Quick Tips for Sealed Bids
When you participate in a sealed bid offering, be sure to consider these 4 things:
1. Get the bid packet and READ it. Understand it. Hardly any two sealed bid sales are the same. Each one will have different requirements, bid procedures, and offer/closing documents. Be sure you understand and follow the exact requirements so you don't miss the deal on a technicality...it happens! And don't assume that the bid sale you are planning to go to will just be like the last one.
2. Put your best foot forward. It's easy to sit around and speculate on who will bid, what a reserve may be, what other people may offer, etc. I've seen, however, that it's best to make your best offer and just let it go. Sure, everyone wants to "steal" a deal by paying some ridiculously low price, but it doesn't happen as often as you'd think. Do your research on the property, figure out what works for you, and make your best offer.
3. Use an "odd" number for your bid amount. I don't have any scientific data to back this one up, but I've seen it many times. Most people bid in even amounts like $86,000 or $1500 / acre...and the one guy who has bid $86,217 or $1513 / acre gets it. It seem...
07 April

Do You or Don't You?


Do You or Don’t You?

Rusty’s Take on Hunting Property Lines
Hunting season is pretty much over now in my neck of the woods. Seems like a good time to talk about a subject that many of us have had to deal with at some point over the years – folks who hunt right on the property line of other folk’s land.
This is my second attempt to write this short article. The first attempt is in the recycle can on my desktop computer. By the way…I kinda miss the old days of typing on a noisy typewriter and, you know, when you mess up you just RIIIPPPPP the sheet of paper out, wad it up into a miniature basketball, and do your best Larry Bird fade-away jumper at the trash can…and throw up a brick. Remember that? Anyway.
The reason I deep-sixed the first version is ‘cause I wrote it all “Field & Stream” style. You know, the perfect little article discussing an issue in a middle of the road kinda way that ends with a tidy little conclusion where everything is A-OK and everyone goes “A-HA” and “poof” …problem solved. That’s about as realistic as a California Democrat joining the NRA. So, I did what I do. I opened a cold one and got serious about getting serious.
17 February

My FAMILY Can be a Problem in My Land Ownership?


My FAMILY Can be a Problem in My Land Ownership?


I'll get right to it...sometimes family members can be a big problem to your land ownership!


That's right. The land you inherited from the passing of a family member can turn out to be a more of a mess than a blessing if you aren't proactive. And believe me, many families are anything but proactive when land (or other types of real estate) pass down to heirs. Here's why in a nutshell...


...but first...


Please keep in mind that I'm not a lawyer, and I'm not dispensing legal advice here. I'll speak in generalities to outline the basic problems and solutions. Your job is to go to your family and / or a qualified attorney in your state to get specific solutions to your situation.


Many people come into possession of land when a family member dies and passes the property along...either directly through the intent of a will or, when no will is present, by virtue of family ties. In either case, some immediate actions need to occur to help the recipients now handle their new pro...

03 February

Put It Up...Or Shut Up


Put it Up …or Shut Up
Rusty’s Take on Putting Gates on Your Property
My neighbor, Gilmer, lives down the road from me. He has a 40 acre huntin’ property on the other side of the county. Gilmer was at the house drinking coffee with me the other day. He was carrin’ on and on about how folks keep backing down the road and dumpin’ trash on his huntin’ property. I’ve heard this yapping before.
I told him, “Gilmer, I done told you no tellin’ how many times how to stop this. You gotta put up a gate!”
“It won’t do no good,” Gilmer moaned, “They’ll just break down the gate and dump their junk on me anyway.”
“No, no they won’t,” I shot back at him. “The low-life, scum-sucking, lower-than-dog-dooty people who’ll dump trash on other folk’s property are too sorry and lazy to take the time to break your gate.” I went on talking, “It’s too much extra work and time. They’ll just keep driving until they find another spot. It’s a fact.”
Gilmer shook his head. Maybe he was gonna get it this time. Just when I thought he was good and about to finally leave me so I could get back to my True Grit rerun on the DVR, he asked, “Ain’t it expensive to hire someone to put up a gate?”
“No, Gilmer,” I said, “You can do it pretty easy yourself. Or hire Junior. He put the last one up for me…brand new wide ...
17 December