The early months of the year are the best time to look at properties you are interested in from a wildlife management aspect. Nick says February and March present buyers with an opportunity you don’t get any other time of year, you get to see the property with bare bones. “Properties don’t lie to you this time of year,” Nick says. Because there are no leaves on the trees, grasses are dead and everything looks rather bleak you can see the challenges on the property, what needs to be worked on and also what you really like about it – all things you may not be able to discern during the growing season.
There are a lot of outdoorsmen and women that would really like to be able to purchase land to work on, however, budgets can be limiting. Nicks says that it’s not all about size, but rather location. If you seek out properties that are in a good neighborhood or have good terrain make-up, even if they are small, you’ll then be able to make improvements that build on those high points. The real purpose is to be continually building up, the most successful clients he has had from a property management standpoint have started at the bottom. It’s all about equity, the time you are willing to put in and spend on your property implementing food plots, timber stand improvement, creating water sources, improving the habitat and more. By improving your property little by little, even on a small tract, those upgrades will make it special and you’ll be able to trade up to a bigger and better property over time.
When it comes to financing a land purchase, Nick says that lending is a unique market and he encourages prospective buyers to seek out a real estate expert and not just any real estate agent, but one that specializes in land specifically. Land loans are very different than a home loan, so he cautions against seeking out financing through a traditional mortgage broker when you’re looking at a hunting property. Take your search straight to a land professional.
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