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SummerFall 2015 Issue 3 Volume 4 PAGE 1 With pricing for recreational property returning to normal after the downturn and more confidence by buyers in the economys prospects buying activity for Potlatch land is picking up. Buyers we are working with are more confident about making a purchasing decision said Rod Osterloh of Close- Converse Properties a Potlatch Preferred Broker in Minnesota. And the summer and early fall are great times to buy as people get ready to use the property for the coming hunting season. As always buying a property starts with deciding the general area you want to be in. And buyers often have an affinity for a certain area Often the buyer grew up in that area or may have friends and family nearby.And of course the type of recreation comes into play whether its looking for quality deer hunting or proximity to family recreational activities. Another factor driving the increased demand for land is apprehension about the stock market. There are always folks who worry about the fluctuations of the stock market Osterloh TIME TO BUY NOW Time to Buy Now Into the Forest State Spotlight Mississippi Broker News Directory of Potlatch Preferred Brokers Buyers we are working with are more confident about making a purchasing decision. The summer and early fall are great times to buy as people get ready to use the property for the coming hunting season. -Rod Osterloh CloseConverse Properties Cover story continued on page 2 Graysonia South in Clark County AR boasts over one mile of Antoine River frontage. Offered by UC-Neeley Forestry So many ways to connect with us BROKER NEWS WELCOME TO OUR MISSISSIPPI BROKERS This summer marked the release of recreational property for sale in Mississippi and our broker team got bigger. A big Potlatch welcome to Tom Smith Land and Homes and United Country Gibson Realty Land. Both brokerages are experts in Mississippi recreational hunting and timber land and were happy to have them as part of the Potlatch Preferred Network. Look for more information about them on our website and in upcoming issues PAGE 2 BROKER NEWS Bob King has been in the land brokerage and forest management business for over 25 years. He has achieved the esteemed Accredited Land Consultant designation awarded by the Realtors Land Institute RLI. Bob is currently the national instructor for the Timberland Evaluation course for RLI. In 2004 Bob was named Land Broker of the Year by the South Carolina RLI Chapter and he was President of the South Carolina RLI Chapter in 2003 2004 and 2007. We are pleased to have him as a contributor These eight brokerages have been named among Americas Best Brokerages 2014 by the prestigious Land Report magazine in the fifth annual report. Were proud that our brokers have consistently been included in the list since its inception. AMERICAS BEST BROKERS Congratulations to all CloseConverse Properties Brainerd Minnesota Bear Island Land Co. Inc. Ely Minnesota Davis Dubose Knight Forestry Real Estate Little Rock Arkansas Tom Smith Land Homes Ridgeland MS United Country Gibson Realty Land Company McComb MS AND through their United Country affiliation United Country Banning Junction Real Estate Moose Lake Minnesota United Country Neeley Forestry Service Inc. Camden Arkansas United Country Musick Sons Grangeville Idaho Congratulations to members of the Potlatch Preferred Broker Network for making Land Reports annual list of top land brokers for the 5th consecutive year Q Why Invest in Timberland A There are lots of reasons to invest in timberland but Id sum it up with these three reasons 1 It enjoys strong returns with low volatility. 2 Its a great hedge against inflation. 3 Having it in your portfolio provides diversification. Timberland is both a factory and a warehouse. When storing timber on the stump waiting for prices to increase the timber continues to grow in size. Not so with stocks or gold. You do not grow more shares of stock or grow more ounces of gold while waiting for price increases. In addition to these three reasons timberland is a tangible asset that you can enjoy and use for a homesite camping hunting recreation and more For more information and insights please visit our new Online Resource Library and see Bobs full presentation on The Fundamentals of Timberland Investing. INTO THE FOREST TIME TO BUY NOW Continued from page 1 POTLATCH RANKED 5 TOP TIMBERLAND OWNER IN THE US said. They worry about the value of their holdings going to zero. And while values of land dropped during the recession before they recovered the values certainly never dropped that low which is reassuring for buyers. In addition to seeking recreational opportunities many buyers also are attracted by the potential for income tied to the timber on the property. Having income potential is a major bonus for many of our buyers and we can help someone understand the timber markets and the possibility for that income said Mark Knight of Davis Dubose Knight Forestry Real Estate a Potlatch Preferred Broker in Arkansas. There are also several other factors making this an excellent time to buy. Interest rates remain low and more lending institutions are making loans on land part of an overall trend of increased real estate lending around the country. A key in making a buying decision both Osterloh and Knight say is to give yourself plenty of time to find the perfect property for you. The more must haves you can tell us at the start the better we can narrow down choices for you Knight said. But even with that we find that buyers usually need to look at a number of properties before they find the property that fits their needs. And with fall around the corner the time to start that process is now. Moving up from 9 last year Potlatch was ranked 5 in the 2015 ranking by Forisks North American Timberland Ownership List. A small percentage of our overall ownership is available for sale and we are proud to be able to share our heritage of conservation and our commitment to renewable resources. Looking to become a private timberland owner yourself Wed love to welcome you to the club State Spotlight Mississippi PAGE 3 Filled with history music and natural beauty Mississippi features something for everyone. From incredible hunting and fishing to discovering the birthplace of the blues to finding the perfect patch of recreational property to invest in visitors and residents alike enjoy what Mississippi has to offer. Rich in cultural heritage the state celebrates its musical legacy by designating the Mississippi Blues Trail and the Mississippi Country Music Trail to help explore the depth of the regions influence in modern music. History comes alive along The Natchez Trace Parkway which runs 444 miles from Natchez to Nashville. The road was traveled by traders missionaries early settlers and Indians. In addition Civil War battlefields and historical sites can be found along the Trace. Beachcombers enjoy the worlds longest man-made beach stretching from along the Gulf Coast from Biloxi to Henderson Point. In fact outdoor adventure - including hunting fishing trail riding and hiking - may be the true hallmark of the state. Mark Bice Senior Real Estate and Acquisitions Manager for Potlatch Corp. said Mississippi has some of the best hunting and fishing as well as other outdoor recreational activities in the U.S. Avid anglers appreciate the plentiful fishing opportunities. From freshwater fishing in lakes and streams to saltwater fishing off the Gulf Coast Mississippi offers plenty of places to cast your line. With more 1000 square miles of public hunting lands in 53 wildlife management areas and nine national wildlife refuges the state offers bountiful hunting enjoyment too. Along with public lands there are private lands and skilled commercial outfitters eager to facilitate hunting excursions. White-tailed deer waterfowl and eastern wild turkeys abound in Mississippi a fact Bice appreciates. My son and I enjoy hunting he said. Its a family thing. Bice also enjoys exploring the forest and wooded acreage and hes been actively traversing the area north of Jackson actively looking at Potlatchs land holding in that area. Nearly 60 of Mississippi is covered by forests and the state has more tree farms than any other state. Currently Potlatch has 38 parcels listed for immediate sale in nine counties totaling nearly 4000 acres. The parcels range in size from 20 acres to 400 acres and include all kinds of land types. A lot of the property is in close proximity to the Ross Barnett Reservoir and along the Big Black River tributary running north of Jackson Bice noted. The 33000-acre Reservoir and the 17000 acres surrounding the lake offer a multitude of recreational prospects. Whether you want to hunt fish invest or just explore there is no shortage of opportunities. Were pleased with the opportunities in Mississippi Bice said. There are some exciting parcels available. White-tailed deer waterfowl and eastern turkeys abound in Mississippi... The Sunken Trace. National Park Service photo A view of the Ross Barnett Reservoir north of Jackson Mississippi Image by Marc Muench. National Park Service photo PAGE 4 ARKANSAS United Country Neeley Forestry Service Inc. J.D.Neeley Camden AR 870-836-5981 Kingwood Forestry Services Pete Prutzman Monticello AR 1-800-308-3831 Davis Dubose Knight Forestry Real Estate Mark Knight Little Rock AR 1-888-695-8733 WISCONSIN Lakeland Land Company Ryan Hanson Minocqua WI 715-358-LAND 5263 IDAHO United Country Musick Sons Rick Musick Grangeville ID 208-983-0069 MISSISSIPPI United Country Gibson Realty Land Company Scott Lindsey McComb MS 39648 601-248-3561 Tom Smith Land Homes Tom Smith Ridgeland MS 39157 601-209-3284 ALABAMA MINNESOTA United Country Banning Junction Real Estate Natalie Cowart Moose Lake MN 612-390-3945 CloseConverse Properties Jody Osterloh Brainerd MN 1-866-403-LAND 5263 Bear Island Land Co. Inc. Charlie Chernak Ely MN 218-365-2800 POTLATCH PREFERRED BROKER NETWORK Let us show you why your Potlatch Preferred Broker is the only name youll need to know when it comes to buying property. Please contact the broker nearest your area of interest or visit us at We look forward to helping you with your property search WE HAVE A NEW WEBSITE TO SHOWCASE PROPERTIES MORE CORPORATE OFFICE 601 West First Street Spokane WA 99201 509 835-1500 Afreshnewlookonyourcomputerphone tablet. More of the information youve asked for about recreational real estate at your fingertips. An easier-to-use navigation. MeetmembersofthePotlatchPreferred Network. And take an online tour of more great hunting and recreational properties than ever before in Minnesota Idaho Arkansas Wisconsin and Mississippi. Visit us online Take a clicking tour. What will you find