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America’s Top Brokerages and Auction Houses: Farmers National Company

Farmers National Company was begun in 1929—historically not a banner year for starting new businesses, but over 80 years have passed and the company is thriving. Originally, the company’s core business was farm management, and today it’s the largest, fastest-growing

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Posted in 2011 Spring, Auctions, Cattle, Farming, Feature, Great Plains, Hunting, Magazine, Midwest, News Desk, South, Southwest, West

$5 Million Hilton Head Easement Acquisition

Several funding entities, including Beaufort County and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, have pooled resources to acquire several key conservation easements on St. Helena Island as well as outright ownership of 19 acres on Hilton Head. According to news releases,

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Posted in Equities, Feature, Federal Policy, News Desk, South, Taxes

Market Watch: JOE Announces New COO

The St. Joe Company (NYSE: JOE) has appointed veteran real estate executive Park Brady to be its chief operating officer. Brady will report to the  executive committee of the company’s board of directors, which includes Chairman Bruce Berkowitz and Interim

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Posted in Feature, News Desk, Recreation, Residential Property, South, Timber

Bank of America Buys Kluge’s Virginia Estate

Bank of America paid $15+ million for Patricia Kluge’s legendary Virginia horse country estate at a foreclosure auction on the steps of the Albemarle Circuit Court House in February. The lender filed a foreclosure lawsuit last month after Kluge defaulted on

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Posted in Auctions, Bankruptcy, Developers, Equestrian, Feature, News Desk, Recreation, Regional News, Residential Property, South

State of Georgia Acquires 10,015 Acres

In December, the Georgia State Properties Commission unanimously approved the acquisition of 10,015 acres of land in Houston County for $28.7 million from Oaky Woods Properties LLC. The Middle Georgia acreage is part of 16,000 acres in Oaky Woods west

Posted in 2010 Fall, Feature, Georgia, News Desk, Regional News, South, Stephen OKeefe

Energen Moves Into the Permian Basin

Birmingham-based Energen Corp. (EGN) announced the purchase of more than 40,000 acres in West Texas from SandRidge Energy (SD) in Loving, Reeves, Ward, and Winkler counties. Energen says it has identified 62 potential drilling sites in the 3rd Bone Spring

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Posted in Minerals, Regional News, South, Texas

IP to Sell 163,000 Acres for $200 Million

International Paper (IP) will sell 163,000 acres in the Southeast for a minimum of $200 million to an affiliate of Rock Creek Capital, a Jacksonville-based asset management firm that invests in unique, resource-rich land. According to wire reports, IP will

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Posted in Equities, Feature, News Desk, Regional News, South, Timber

$500 Million Everglades Deal Postponed Again

Florida Gov. Charlie Christ is getting a lesson that real estate brokers know all too well: big deals take time. It’s been almost two years since Christ announced the $1.75 billion purchase of 187,000 acres in the Florida Everglades from

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Posted in Eric OKeefe, Farming, Feature, News Desk, Public Land, Recreation, Regional News, South

Heath Shuler: Eye on the Prize

Growing up in the 1970s, Heath Shuler saw quail hunting disappear from the mountains of his native North Carolina. “It occurred to me early on that if I wanted to hunt quail, I might have to buy property with good

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Posted in Conservation, Feature, Henry Chappell, Hunting, News Desk, Recreation, Regional News, South, Topics

Duke Energy Makes Major Investment in GreenTrees

Duke Energy has become the lead investor in GreenTrees, a privately managed forest restoration program created and managed by C2I for landowners in the Lower Mississippi Alluvial Valley: Illinois, Missouri, Kentucky, Tennessee, Arkansas, Mississippi, and Louisiana. This enormous valley once

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Posted in Conservation, Eddie Lee Rider, Feature, Midwest, News Desk, Public Land, Recreation, Regional News, South, Timber

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