“Change” The Fact of the Matter

Opinion or Truth? Every commentator on every network has their opinion which they call “the fact of the matter” or truth. So I will offer my fact of the matter or “opinion”.

Government manipulates various parts of the economy by changing policy, regulation, interest rates, taxes, lending requirements and so many other factors. Changing these various factors is an effort to stimulate Corporate America, Small Business and Individuals to change or participate in certain behavior.

If the business community and general population, what I call the market, want to participate in this directed behavior, things seem to trend in that direction. If they don’t like this policy or direction, you have an unfavorable reaction. I find it interesting that Corporate America has huge cash reserves, profits and earnings yet we are in a double dip recession with no clear path out from our leadership in Washington. I know individuals with large amounts of cash waiting for the right environment for them to participate or invest. The market is hording cash. This behavior has basically stopped the United States of America in her tracks.

It is obvious the “Change” we have heard so much about has stimulated the wrong behavior, or has it? A true leader inspires a nation and encourages prosperity. A leader stimulates prosperity and provides an environment to work and succeed. Teach a man to fish so he can survive, don’t just give him an entitlement.

The fact of the matter is when the proper environment is created, the market will respond. When the proper “Change” has occurred, the people of the United States of America will show the world that “The People” One Nation Under God rule this great land.

If the proper leadership and change is demonstrated coming into the November election of 2012, we will see an immediate change in confidence in the people of this great nation. There are many positive factors waiting for the correct environment for us to begin to thrive and prosper like we always have. Be active and participate, for what is happening in our country is one of the most important times in history. And remember, under all is the land and land is a good investment.

Country Living – How does your garden grow?

There are many reasons to own property. We see a growing interest in people getting back to basics. Organic farming, big gardens, no herbicides, organic fertilizer, fresh eggs and range chickens are some of the reasons people are inquiring about land. One of our clients has some of the last remaining genes of the Piney Woods Cattle and goats brought over by the Spanish settlers. [Read more…]

A Bright Spot in the Real Estate Market

The hot spot we have been following is agriculture and farmland. We keep in touch with our friends in the Realtors Land Institute (a National Network of Land Specialist) around the country staying current with trends and developments. A recent article published by one of our friends in the mid west states farmland prices have risen 20%! The top five earnings years for the farming industry in the last three decades have occurred since 2004 according to our friends at Martin, Goodrich & Waddell. [Read more…]

Summer Scouting for Big Bucks

I asked an old hunter if he was excited about deer season coming in. He said he did most of his hunting during the summer and did not hunt much in the winter.  Now there is a whole load of issues with that statement. What he meant was he did his scouting in the summer when the bucks were all packed up together. In the summer there is little activity or “pressure” in the woods and the bucks are lounging around looking for food.
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Whats Up with Your Timber and the Timber Market

Just about every industry is affected by the current state of the US and Global economy. The timber industry is certainly affected as well.  We see local and global trends dictating supply and demand causing fluctuation in the price we get for our timber products.  Landowners need to ask a few questions about their timber investment before making an investment strategy or cashing in on their timber investment. [Read more…]

Screven County GA – 504 Acres

Douglas Branch Farms is located in western Screven County near Rocky Ford GA. Property is gently rolling with excellent soils. There are five center pivot irrigation systems

What Do You Want From Your Forest

I have found that landowners have many different expectations from their land. Their goals and uses vary widely. One very important factor they all have in common is that they all have a great desire to be good stewards of the land. Our goal is to understand the landowner and develop a plan to help them succeed in accomplishing their goals and help them be the best steward they can be. [Read more…]

Better Planning and Focus Required in these Uncertain Times

A recent news cast said the problem with the economy and our financial outlook is that we have no direction from our elected officials. We are faced with more government regulation, more spending and growing deficits. There is no way to plan or develop a strategy for the next several years. No one can give us a clear explanation about anything with any certainty, which has caused a lot of anxiety, distrust and sleepless nights. What should we do and where should we invest? It is clear to me that now is a good time to be frugal, develop a strong game plan and remain focused on that plan. [Read more…]

Buying and Selling Land in a Depressed Market

It goes without saying; we certainly are in a depressed economy with very little consumer confidence. I don’t want to analyze how or why we got here or when recovery will be apparent. Everyone has an opinion of this, but I believe we are at the bottom and we will slowly climb out. What we do want to discuss is strategy for buying and selling land. [Read more…]

Our Expectations for 2009

With the elections, high fuel prices and the housing mess we have experienced, 2008 has been an interesting year for everyone. The media frenzy has also been a drain on consumer confidence. I am optimistic that in 2009 we will see improvement in our economy. There is a huge amount of capital on the sidelines waiting for that spark of good news. There are funds in place with more on the way that should ease the credit crunch and stimulate growth. We are beginning to see activity from buyers looking in our local land market. [Read more…]