The Land Report

Summer 2014

The Magazine of the American Landowner is an essential guide for investors, landowners, and those interested in buying or selling land. The award-winning quarterly is known for its annual survey of America's largest landowners, The Land Report 100.

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80 The LandReport | S U M M E R 2 0 1 4 LANDREPORT.COM Wow: The firmÕs most impres- sive sale of 2013 was the broker- a ge of a 651-acre row crop farm with a pecan grove. The most interesting sale was one upon which local residents reported seeing Bigfoot. Insight: ÒThe market for rural land remains positive,Ó says Mark Knight. ÒThe inventory of timberland and recreational properties in our region is high, so I anticipate the market will continue to improve.Ó Eshenbaugh Land Company (813) 287-8787 2013 Sales: $100 - $200 Million Who: Full-service firm operating throughout Florida. President Bill Eshenbaugh, ALC, CCIM, was selected FloridaÕs 2013 Land Broker of the Year by the World Organization Land Federation and was recognized with the 2013 Meeks Distinguished Service Award by the RLI. Wow: Sold 1,000 acres for a cool $18.2 million. HomeLand Properties (936) 295-2500 2013 Sales: < $50 Million Who: Full-service firm operating in the Southeast with headquar- ters in Huntsville, Texas. Expertise in timberland, farms, and ranches, as well as transi- tional development lands. Wow: Had $6 million in sales from just one corporate client. Jon Kohler & Associates (850) 508-2999 2013 Sales: $50 - $100 Million Who: Full-service firm operating throughout the Southeast with an expertise in plantations and ranches. Wow: Sold the 7,000-acre Southern Heritage Plantation, an immaculately restored 1850s antebellum property in Albany, G eorgia, regarded as one of the finest quail plantations to come to market recently. I nsight: ÒTodayÕs market offers exciting opportunities for a buyer, as the chance to own some of the most special, top-tier places in the best locations has not been available for genera- tions. While we are seeing prices where we expect them, we have been surprisingly impressed with how fast the inventory of ÔAÕ plan- tations and high-quality land is being reduced,Ó notes Kohler. Lile Real Estate (501) 374-3411 2013 Sales: $50 - $100 Million Who: Specializes in agriculture, recreational, and timberland properties. Wow: Closed a significant transaction both in acreage and sale price to a foreign investment firm in 2013. Mossy Oak Properties Coastal Land & Real Estate (912) 674-2700 2013 Sales: < $50 Million Who: Specializing in rural, recreational, farm, and timber- land, with a special focus on transitional land. Registered foresters, licensed surveyors and land planners are on staff to assist clients in making informed decisions about land acquisition. Wow: Listed a $3.7 million bank-owned timberland tract and had it under contract in under a week. Insight: ÒI predict 2014 to be a great year with a solid increase in demand and advise any buyers still sitting on the fence to get moving as the prices are going up,Ó Terrell Brazell says. Mossy Oak Properties Delta Land Management Co. (501) 604-4565 2013 Sales: < $50 Million Who: Full-service land brokerage company with an emphasis on row crop farmland, as well as timberland, recreational tracts, and mitigation land. Offers land management services. Wow: Brokered a 1,076-acre farm averaging just under $5,000 per total acre and over $6,000 per tillable acre. Insight: ÒIn the last 12 months we have seen a significant increase in buyers for recreation- al type tracts of land; row crop farmland has stayed strong but the market is limited due to the limited number of farms for sale in the state,Ó Robert Eason says. ÒOur prediction for 2014 is that farmland prices will stay strong for a few more years. We also anticipate a steady increase in activity for timberland and recreational tracts.Ó Mossy Oak Properties Forest Investments (601) 684-1516 2013 Sales: < $50 Million Who: Full-service forestry consulting and timberland brokerage firm specializing in the acquisition, management, and sale of prime timberland investments and hunting land in Louisiana and Mississippi. Expertise in assisting investors place 1031 exchange proceeds into timberland investment property and in helping buyers buy land with self-directed IRAs. Wow: Sold a 1,200-acre timber and hunting property in Yazoo County, Mississippi. Mossy Oak Properties Home & Land Investments (228) 669-5515 2013 Sales: < $50 Million Who: S pecializes in finding camps and timber properties for coastal clients seeking weekend getaways or large investment tracts. Utilizes a drone helicopter to shoot aerial photography and video of listings. Wow: Listed over 7,250 acres in 2013, including 7L Farms, a Black Angus cattle farm known for its genetics technology that featured a $2.5 million auction barn and over 1,000 acres of pasture. Mossy Oak Properties NC Land and Farms (252) 480-5263 2013 Sales: < $50 Million Who: Starting in 2011 with one office, NC Land and Farms has grown to three offices serving 44 counties. Specializing in recre- ational and investment properties in Eastern North Carolina. Wow: The Flyway Club, a historic 43-acre waterfowl hunt- ing destination on the Currituck Sound that was previously owned by publisher and owner of the New York Herald Tribune, Ogden Reid. Insight: ÒThe market here in Eastern North Carolina is really buzzing,Ó says William McOwen. ÒWe have more than doubled our gross sales from the previous 12 months.Ó Mossy Oak Properties of Stuttgart, Land & Auction Company (870) 672-4820 2013 Sales: $50 - $100 Million Who: Operates in Arkansas and Mississippi, specializing in row-crop farmland, recreational properties, duck hunting properties, and timberland. Owner A M E R I C A ' S BEST BROKERAGES 70-88 [2014.2] Best Brokers_Layout 1 6/1/14 7:33 AM Page 80

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