Monday, August 24, 2015

Why You Should Invest in Real Estate?

Disclaimer – I am not licensed or certified to make investment recommendations. At the time of this posting, August 24 the DOW futures are down about 700 points. The Dow fell 3.12% on Friday, August 22. Therefore I decided to expound on ‘Investing’. I read something many years ago that has shaped my investing philosophy….. Ecclesiastes 11:2  Divide your portion to seven, or even to eight, for you do not know what misfortune may occur on the earth.

I believe it is prudent to diversify when investing and ‘yes’ I believe a portion of your portfolio should be in real estate. By real estate, I mean income producing  (rentals or leases) and LAND. Your LAND investment should also be income producing. This could be crop land, pasture land or timberland. Crop land produces income through farm rents and Timberland produces income through hunting leases and periodic thinnings and harvesting. I do not consider the home an investment, why you ask? Even though banks and others do, everyone needs a roof and a bed and unless you are willing to sell and move into a tent, that investment may never be available for other expenditures and cost of living. I would also add that by the time you add your principal and interest payments over a long period of time then sell your house you probably didn't make a much money as you think.

So how should we invest? Following is a chart that provides lots of diversity and while the market recently took a big hit, remember GOLD rose 6.82% over the last 30 days and SILVER rose 5.69% The point being that when one asset class declines in value others in your portfolio may go up.

Remember to invest wisely and above all…Diversify!

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Thursday, August 20, 2015

Who Should You Hire When Selling LAND?

I was talking to a fellow Land Broker the other day and he mentioned he had run across a listing and was actually angry 'for' the seller. The listing broker had written up a one sentence description and posted one picture on the property. He felt so bad for the seller. I have run into similar situations and thought this worthy of posting. So Mr. Landowner, what do you need to know? I’ll tell you!!!!

1. Tools – The Broker should incorporate aerial photography and topographic maps into the listing. The land specialist can provide acre calculation on fields, orchards, ponds and lakes. This is important information the buyer will need when purchasing property.

2. Transportation - If the broker shows up in a car or minivan you had better run. When showing land and farms you will need a 4x4 or UTV vehicle. Many areas are inaccessible with out these vehicles.

3. Interview – Very important! Make sure your broker has a working knowledge of timber, crops, soils, ranches or whatever type real estate you are selling. Ask the broker why they think they are qualified to sell your property. Ask what they can do or services they provide that sets them apart from others.

4. Advertising & Websites – Many times the buyer starts their search on the internet. Make sure the broker has adequate exposure here including a nice looking website that is easy to navigate through. There are several major rural land websites. Make sure the broker is advertising on at least one!!!!

5. Navigation Skills – If the broker can not locate your property or needs you to show them around, that could be a red flag. Eventually the broker will have to show a buyer around the property and you do not want them getting lost! The broker should have tools that allow them to navigate the property such as a smart phone or tablet.

6. Designations - Does the Broker have designations or training that uniquely qualifies him/her to list and market your property?

The National Association of Realtors®  Code of Ethics Article 11
 states….The services which REALTORS® provide to their clients and customers shall conform to the standards of practice and competence which are reasonably expected in the specific real estate disciplines in which they engage; specifically, residential real estate brokerage, real property management, commercial and industrial real estate brokerage, land brokerage, real estate appraisal, real estate counseling, real estate syndication, real estate auction, and international real estate.
REALTORS® shall not undertake to provide specialized professional services concerning a type of property or service that is outside their field of competence unless they engage the assistance of one who is competent on such types of property or service, or unless the facts are fully disclosed to the client. 

We have a fiduciary responsibility to you the client. In summary, if you are offering a triple net lease 50,000 sq. ft. warehouse in Atlanta, GA  I am NOT your man. If are selling a ski-in ski-out vacation home in Vail, Colorado I am NOT your man. Find someone in your area that specializes in your type real estate and put them to work.

To view my listings, visit  If you have questions about buying or selling Land, contact G. Kent Morris, ALC, RF @ 706.457.0090

Monday, August 3, 2015


Having worked for a coal mining company for 18 years, I thought this would be an interesting post. Mineral rights refer to the ownership of the mineral estate which lies beneath the surface. Separate from the surface estate, the mineral estate comes with it’s own rights and rules for access AND they can vary from state to state! In areas where the mineral rights are valuable, they usually have been severed from the surface rights many years ago and typically are owned by wealthy people, companies, etc. However the sand and gravel generally belongs to the surface owner. The United States is one of the few countries whereby it’s citizens can own mineral rights. In most countries around the world, the government owns all the minerals. Just like the surface rights, mineral rights are described by a legal description. In most land purchases, the mineral rights are conveyed as well. 

(Survey conducted by the Realtors Land Institute).

If you own the property in ‘fee simple’ you would own the surface and mineral rights.

As a mineral owner you would be entitled to royalties as the minerals or gas are extracted. Royalty is defined as - A payment to the owner of the mineral rights for the privilege of extracting the minerals from the ground based on a lease agreement. The royalty payment is based on a portion of earnings from production and varies depending on the type of mineral and the market conditions. For example, coal royalties are based on a price per ton and Natural Gas is based on a price per cubic feet.

Mineral ownership is quite different from state to state and some states make it much easier for the mineral owner to access and extract the minerals than others.

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