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New WMA in South Alabama Focuses on Quail Habitat and Small Game Hunting

"Approximately 7,000 acres within the Conecuh National Forest is now part of Boggy Hollow WMA in Covington County, Ala. The newly created WMA will be managed as a bobwhite quail focal area and will provide additional habitat for nongame species including gopher tortoise and red-cockaded woodpecker.

Boggy Hollow WMA is located off State Route 137 just west of Wing, Ala. The WMA will be open to hunting this fall.
In addition to an emphasis on quail habitat, Boggy Hollow will also provide exclusive small game and deer hunting opportunities during regular season dates."

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How to plan Timber Harvesting
How to plan Timber Harvesting
10 Aug 2017 0 Comments Sara Matulia

"There are a number of reasons why you may want to selectively harvest timber after buying a recreational property: You may want to improve the habitat for wildlife on the site. You might want to create trails on your land for ATV riding. Or your tract may have mature timber that offers the opportunity for cash flow.

As with most things in life, smart selective harvesting requires a plan. Before you buy any type of recreational property or timberland for sale, work with a knowledgeable real estate broker and a consulting forester to understand the timber potential on the property. Then, after you buy the property, create a plan for selective harvesting that will help you reach your goals. To start, you will need to know what the short- and long-term harvesting opportunities look like.

An important first step is to assess the age and health of the pine and/or hardwood trees on a property. Pine trees as young as 12 to 20 years can generate revenue, while hardwoods usually qualify as merchantable timber beginning around 40 years of age".


For full article at Landthink, click here!

Written by Brian Bignall, the Minnesota Wood Procurement Manager for Potlatch Corp., which sells recreational properties in Minnesota, Idaho, Arkansas, Alabama and Mississippi.


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Alabama's Original Land Team
Alabama's Original Land Team
08 Aug 2017 0 Comments Sara Matulia
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Tips for prepping your land to sell

"If you were buying a house, the last thing you’d want to see is the current owner’s dirty clothes in the middle of the floor, a sink full of dishes or a car on blocks in the front yard."

"Just like a lived-in home will have dings and battle scars, so will your land. No one expects it to be perfect. But take a look around and see what can be done to simply give it a nicer look. Here are some things that will help. See if any can be applied to your property.

  1. Hire someone to bush-hog your roads and trails. Grasses and weeds grow vigorously in the south once the weather warms and if we’ve had the usual rains, so get on this before it gets out of control. Be sure you follow guidelines of when and where you bush-hog if your property is enrolled in one of several USDA programs.
  2. Clean up the trash. Seems easy enough but it’s such a common oversight that it’s number 2 on the list. The world is littered with folks who see nothing wrong with dumping trash on other’s property along the road. It’s a shame and criminal, but unfortunately the landowner is the one who has to keep it cleared away. This may apply within the tract, too. You may need to clear away debris and trash from a past logging operation. It is in your best interest to do so if you are trying to sell your property. I can’t tell you how many empty five gallon hydraulic fluid buckets I’ve seen on people’s land.
  3. Fix the gate…and kill the wasps! Many rural tracts we sell, especially in Texas, have gates at the main access point. It’s easy to keep these gates in good working order so your land agent can handle them easily. It’s important for the security of your property but also for how it looks to buyers. Wasps love to build nests in the lock areas of metal gates. If you know people are going to be using that gate to try to show and sell your land, get a $4 can of wasp spray and deal with that in advance. I would personally appreciate this! Nothing funny about a fat broker running from red wasps in the summer!
  4. Organize around the buildings and barns. If your tract has improvements on it, be sure everything is orderly and neat around the camp, house, barns & sheds. It doesn’t have to be perfect by any means, but having all the tools and supplies on the shelves in the barn and the equipment lined up neatly in back adds to the eye appeal to buyers. Spray Round-up, or your favorite glyphosate mixture, to kill all the weeds growing where you can’t mow or bush-hog. Spray the ditch banks and around culverts and water-control structures, too.
  5. Clear limbs off the main roads and trails. If your land agent is bringing buyers to see your property, be sure they can get around all your roads and trails.
  6. Clean up around deer stands. For some reason, deer stands seem to be a burial ground for old chairs, tin, boards, etc. from previous deer stands. Some people just leave them there when they repair or replace a stand instead of hauling it off. It’s an eye sore to the new buyer who isn’t used to looking at the mess that you’ve been seeing for 20 years."




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Montgomery County - 10.00 +/- acres - Town of Pike Road. SOLD!

Just closed on this 10 +/- acre homesite in the Town of Pike Road! Call us today, we have many listings in Pike Road, perfect to build your dream home! 

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Montgomery County - 24 Acres +/- PRICE REDUCED AGAIN!



LOCATION: Montgomery County just south of Pike Road Town limits located at 780 Hayneville Ridge Road

SIZE: 24 acres +/-

TERRAIN: Level to gently rolling pasture with mature hardwoods and pines, and a stunning 11 acre lake

LAND USE: Horse Farm, Residential Mini Farm

PRICE: $250,000

SPECIAL FEATURES: Approximately 24 acres located near the intersection of US HWY 231 and US Hwy 82 on Hayneville Ridge Rd. Only minutes from the Montgomery and Pike Road Town limits, this is a very desirable area featuring beautiful terrain. The property consists of:

  • 10 Stall Horse Barn with tack room and office
  • 2400 sq ft steel frame workshop/ storage facility with restroom
  • Pole Barn
  • Excellent fencing for horses with corral
  • Mature hardwood draws and open pasture
  • City Water and Power to all buildings, internet access
  • Several beautiful Home sites overlooking the lake

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1031 Exchanges may change
1031 Exchanges may change
26 Jul 2017 0 Comments Sara Matulia

"1031 exchanges have played an integral role in buying and selling real estate for decades, but now Congress has its sights set firmly on exchanges and when Congress focuses on a specific situation, it’s probably not going to end well. I suspect this is going to be the case.

I have seen where Congress might place a $1 million cap on exchanges or revoke 1031 exchanges outright. Assuming this happens, let’s be proactive and discuss a potential option for deferring taxes when selling a great property. Those taxes include the capital gains tax, state tax, depreciation recapture and the Obamacare tax, as long as it still exists.

Fortunately there is a great, but little known proprietary program that will continue to be available based on Section 453 of the tax code that will help the land for sale owner to still defer taxes. In some ways, this program may have more flexibility than a 1031 because there is no 45 or 180 day periods, no loan to value ratios, and the seller can buy any type of property at any time in the future."

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AWF Wild Game Cook-Off State Finals - Ticket Giveaway!

Do you love good food? Then you'll love the AWF Wild Game Cook-Off State Finals on Saturday, August 5th! Like our John Hall and Co page and share our post, for a chance to win 2 tickets! We will pick the winner on Tuesday, August, 1st. Good luck!  

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