Now’s the Time to Buy Recreational Property, Before Winter Hits

So, you’ve been thinking all year about buying your own recreational property so you can have a home base for all your outdoor activities. But now it’s October, and the first signs of winter are coming soon.

The good news? It isn’t too late to buy in 2017.

“We can help buyers narrow their choices quickly, focusing on what they care about, so there’s plenty of time to buy this year,” said Rod Osterloh of Close-Converse in Brainerd, Minnesota, a member of the Potlatch Preferred Broker Network.

In northern states like Minnesota and Idaho, it’s important to check out properties before the snow hits.

“It can be more difficult to tell everything you want to know about a property when snow is on the ground, such as details of the topography and vegetation,” said Tom Moore of United Country Northwest Land & Lifestyle Properties, a Potlatch Preferred Broker based outside Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. “We encourage buyers to make their visits before the snow hits, knowing they can buy a property and be ready for snowmobiling and cross-country skiing.”

And while snow may not be as much of a factor in the South, it’s more pleasant to walk the woods in the fall, before harsh weather makes it tougher to spend hours outdoors checking out properties.

“It’s important to get out of your vehicle and walk so you can see the terrain and timber,” said Jonathan Goode of Southeastern Land Group, a Potlatch Preferred Broker that sells land in Alabama for Potlatch. “There’s only so much you can see from the road. Buyers should be working with us now to figure out which properties they want to see, so we can make those visits happen.”

Winter buyers tell Potlatch brokers that they’re glad to have time for setting things up on their property before the coming year’s hunting seasons, and they find that winter can be a great time for outdoor excursions with friends and family.

With a wide selection of properties to fit the diverse needs of recreational buyers, the experts in the Potlatch Preferred Broker Network are well-qualified to help you find the property you’ve always wanted. With a deep knowledge of rural land and outdoor recreation, they can match you up with the tract that works for you. 2018 will be here before you know it, so there’s no need to wait any longer.

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Full Moon Hunting. Yay or Nay?

It’s that time of year, when attentions turn to hunting.  Does it have you howling at the full moon or wishing a cloud would bring the night sky back to darkness? Does it increase activity or change the patterns you’ve been scouting?

One writer had his own experience and shared his thought from his time under an Oklahoma moon – click here.  There are different schools of thoughts and every hunter probably has there preferences.  What’s yours?

No matter what the night sky brings, you can be sure that the best place to watch it from is from is on your own property.  Get ‘moonstruck’ and make your dream of owning your own hunting land a reality – contact a Potlatch Preferred Broker today and let the howling begin!

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Welcome to a new broker team in Idaho!

Get to know the newest members of our Preferred Broker Network in Idaho – United County – Northwest Land & Lifestyle Properties.  Meet Tom Moore and Kathy Edlund…


Whether it’s helping a family purchase an 80-acre getaway property, or selling a 2,000-acre tract to an investment firm, Idaho’s United Country Northwest Land & Lifestyle Properties specializes in matching buyers with rural properties that fit their needs.

Northwest Land & Lifestyle Properties, based just outside Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, joined the Potlatch Preferred Broker Network in the summer of 2017. Like other members of the Network, the Northwest Land & Lifestyle team knows all the aspects of helping recreational property buyers, from understanding someone’s hunting needs to determining how timber values figure into a sale.

The brokerage was founded by Kathy Edlund, the Designated Broker, and Tom Moore, Agent/Forester. Working together at a timber investment firm, they saw an opportunity in the northern Idaho/eastern Washington area for a brokerage focused on rural properties, and their idea turned into reality when they opened Northwest Land & Lifestyle in early 2017.

              Tom Moore

“Many of the real estate professionals in our area don’t have a strong background in understanding things like access, timber values and the recreational aspects of a rural property purchase,” says Tom, who leads the brokerage’s work with Potlatch in Idaho.

Combined, Kathy and Tom have over 15 years of rural real estate experience and over 25 years working in the timber industry.

The brokerage helps buyers find rural properties within a two hours’ drive of Coeur d’Alene, with many buyers coming from such states as California, Nevada and Arizona. “They want to have their own piece of Idaho,” Tom says, “to camp, fish and hunt, and to have easy access to recreational opportunities.”

Those recreational opportunities are wide-ranging in northern Idaho, from ski resorts and hiking trails to lakes for boating and rivers for fly fishing.

Joining the Potlatch Preferred Broker Network made complete sense, Tom says, “because Potlatch land is so well-managed and easy to show to buyers. It’s a real privilege to work with a company that takes such good care of the land it owns.”

Tom is a professional forester, and initially got to know Potlatch as a consulting forester, while also spending time near Potlatch properties as he went fly fishing in the St. Joe River and hunting for elk. Kathy, meanwhile, brought a deep knowledge of rural real estate to the team.

The combination has been effective and powerful for buyers, helping with such things as conservation easements, 1031 exchanges and land appraisals. Kathy and Tom are members of national, state and local real estate associations, and have received extensive education in the areas of negotiation, marketing, finance/valuation, real estate law and 1031/1033 exchanges.

“We look forward to helping buyers find the Potlatch property that’s perfect for them,” Tom says. “We are truly a one-stop shop for buyers, and can help anyone go through the process with a minimum of hassle. The result is owning a property that will provide memories for years to come.”

For more information about United Country Northwest Land & Lifestyle Properties or its Potlatch land listings:            

11358 N. Government Way| Hayden, ID 83835 | Phone: 208-772-3000
Website:  | Email:

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National Hunting & Fishing Day 2017


Signed into law in 1972, National Hunting and Fishing Day, celebrated the fourth Saturday of every September, remains the most effective grassroots efforts ever undertaken to promote the outdoor sports and conservation. Join this 40 year tradition this year!  Hunt. Shoot. Fish.  Now get out there and enjoy!!

Saturday, September 23, 2017
Hunt. Shoot. Fish.   Share the pride!
For more information, visit the organization online.

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Get to know our Idaho Brokers: United County – Musick & Sons

Meet Rick Musick of United Country – Musick & Sons in Grangeville, ID

Using everything from a mapping app designed for remote locations to property videos filmed with drones, United Country – Musick & Sons Auction & Real Estate Services uses fresh approaches to help buyers find properties that fit their needs.

Rick Musick

“Our goal is to make the buying process as simple as we can, but it isn’t just about technology,” says company founder Rick Musick, who handles Potlatch land sales for Musick & Sons. “It’s also about asking the right questions and making sure you understand what a buyer wants, so you don’t waste their time.”

Musick & Sons, the Potlatch Preferred Broker for Idaho, has seven agents, led day to day by broker Earl Musick, one of Rick’s sons. From the company’s base in Grangeville, its recreational land experts help buyers from all over the country looking to buy a north central Idaho retreat.

Interest has traditionally come from California, Oregon and Washington, but the brokerage’s representatives are also fielding many inquiries from other states as far away as Texas and East Coast states like Maryland.

The attraction for people looking to buy Potlatch properties in Idaho is simple. Potlatch offers quality land that offers privacy and often is within reach of federal and state lands that offer excellent hunting and other recreational activities.

“We find that many buyers want a ‘base camp’ for their activities, whether they want to build a cabin or use their property as a campground,” Rick Musick says.

In business since 1977, Musick & Sons has always been a family business. In addition to Earl, the broker, Rick’s son Kyle works in the auction business, while daughter-in-law Emily focuses on residential home sales. And the entire family enjoys the outdoors, with excellent fishing opportunities nearby on the Clearwater, Snake and Salmon rivers, along with quality hunting opportunities for whitetail, mule deer or elk.

This love of the land and the outdoors is a good fit for the brokerage’s affiliation with Potlatch, which has been in place since 2010.

“Everyone wants to buy a property that has been well cared for, and Potlatch has established a reputation for how well it handles its properties,” Rick Musick says. “That care also translates to our personal interactions, in how we work with Potlatch to make the buyer experience as smooth as possible.”

That process starts with Rick and the brokerage’s other professionals taking the time to understand each buyer’s needs. And as much as technological advances like apps and drones help the process, there will never be a substitute for Musick & Sons’ personal touch.

For buyers, this means that they can feel comfortable asking any questions they want in the process, from understanding property-specific issues to learning about the area’s recreational opportunities. In return, they will get quality information and help along the buying process, supplied by real estate professionals who understand Idaho, recreational property and how each buyer’s situation is unique and should be treated as such.

To arrange a meet with Rick, Earl, Kyle or Emily in person or to check out their Potlatch listings,

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Happy Labor Day!

From all of us at Potlatch…

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It’s Hunting Season!!

Stay up-to-date on the latest from each state you hunt with these quick links.  You might even see a Potlatch ad in there with a special link to free real estate guides!  Before you head out? Be sure to check weather conditions, hunting regulations and the latest news and updates. Be safe and have fun!

ALABAMA Department of Conservation & Natural Resources

ARKANSAS Game & Fish Commission 

IDAHO Fish & Game Commission

LOUISIANA Department of Wildlife & Fisheries

MINNESOTA Department of Natural Resources

MISSISSIPPI Wildlife, Fisheries & Parks

And, if you are interested in another US state or Canada, start your search here.


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Potlatch makes 2017 list of America’s Best Brokerages

Congratulations to every member of the Potlatch Preferred Broker Network for making Land Report’s annual list of top land brokers for the 7th consecutive year!! And, for the first time, Potlatch Real Estate received top honors too!!

AND, through their United Country affiliation:

These ten brokerages have been named among “America’s Best Brokerages 2017” by the prestigious Land Report magazine in the sixth annual report.  We’re proud that our brokers have consistently been included in the list since its inception.

To view the article online, click here.

Brokers in the Potlatch Preferred Broker Network are experts in all aspects of recreational property sales. With decades of experience and deep knowledge of their geographic areas, they understand everything from what makes a quality hunting property to understanding how to ensure that a property fits a buyer’s exact needs.

Congratulations to all.  Keep up the good work!

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Join a Wildlife Association to Learn about Wildlife in your State

If you want to learn more about the wildlife in your state, whether it’s for deer hunting or for bird watching – odds are there’s a wildlife association in your neck of the woods that could be just right for you. These groups can be a valuable source for information, camaraderie and a way to support efforts promoting conservation, habitat protection and good recreational practices.

As an example, the Minnesota Deer Hunters Association (MDHA) offers everything from camps for teaching young hunters about safety and best practices, to offering seeds for food plots at reduced rates, to having local and statewide meetings in which hunters share information.

Image result for Minnesota Deer Hunters Association LogoThere’s another bonus in joining groups like the MDHA: It’s a good way to support conservation and quality outdoor recreational areas. The MDHA and its partners have helped over $39 million worth of conservation and habitat projects around Minnesota, supporting such efforts as increasing moose habitat, protecting forest lands and restoring habitat corridors.

“Wildlife associations play an important part in protecting our forests, representing interests of hunters, fishermen and other recreational groups, and promoting conservation,” said Ed Patrias, a Minnesota Real Estate Manager for Potlatch. “The MDHA is one of many examples of groups that make a difference while providing value for their members. We’ve been actively involved in the organization from local chapters to the charter organization.”

In Minnesota, there is a wide array of organizations offering information and advocacy for people who are following their recreational passions. For birders, there’s the Minnesota Ornithologists’ Union. For snowmobilers, there are groups like the Minnesota United Snowmobilers Association. And for anglers, there are groups like Let’s Go Fishing for older enthusiasts, and the Women Anglers of Minnesota.

People in other states will find a similar diversity of outdoors-related groups available to them. As some examples in the other states where Potlatch sells recreational property, there’s the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation for hunters in Idaho, the Arkansas Trail Riders Association for that state’s horsemen and horsewomen, Mississippi Bass Nation for anglers in that state, and the Alabama chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation, just to name a few.

There seems to be a group for almost any outdoor activity. So how do you find the one that’s best for your interests? While the internet is helpful on providing overviews of wildlife associations, it can sometimes be hard to tell if a group is active and vibrant from its website.

With this in mind, use a combination of online and in-person research to find the right group for you.

And it’s a good idea to talk to recreational experts in your area – people who live, work and pursue recreational activities nearby.

One such source would be an expert in the Potlatch Preferred Broker Network. Not only do they know about selling properties, they are well-versed in matching buyers’ real estate and recreational needs.

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Smart Timber Harvesting

Buying, owning and harvesting timber doesn’t have to be complicated.  Here’s a great article by one of our own that will help you understand it all.  The great news?  You don’t have to figure everything out yourself. As you start to look at properties, talk to a recreational real estate expert.  They can help you think about the timber aspects of buying and then owning a recreational tract.

Great article Brian, thanks for sharing your experience with our readers!


Smart Timber Harvesting on a Property Requires Planning

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