Repeal & Replace WOTUS: Two Steps Forward, One Step Back

Efforts to repeal and replace the Waters of the US (WOTUS) rule are now complicated by a recent supreme court decision. In a 9-0 unanimous opinion on January 22, “the Supreme Court found that while it may not be the most efficient use of judicial resources, there was no question in the law about where challenges to the Clean Water Rule belong,” reads an article on the subject by E&E News.  The federal government, who argues that the rule should not be interpreted literally but figuratively, is seeing this as setback to their hopes of repealing and replacing the rule at a national level.

The article continues to explain that “The choice of court — district or appeals — is significant because it affects the resources needed to litigate the merits of challenges, sets the statute of limitations for filing lawsuits and helps determine whether actions can be challenged in subsequent civil or criminal proceedings. District courts are also more tilted toward overturning government actions.”

“Congress has made clear that rules like the WOTUS Rule must be reviewed first in federal district courts,” Justice Sonia Sotomayor wrote in the opinion.

The REALTORS® Land Institute and National Association of REALTORS® support the review of the WOTUS rule as laid out by President Trump’s Executive Order last year to ensure that both private property rights and clean waterways are protected.

Read more on this topic here.

How To Have a Great Hunt in February

 

By the end of January, most people have put away their guns and declared the hunting season over. February is one of the slower months for hunting. However, if you still have an itch to hunt, there are plenty of hunting opportunities for you in February. Here are some tips to help you have a great hunting season even after January is over.

1: Don’t Count Out Small Game

Deer season might be over, but there are still plenty of clever critters that will make for an exciting hunt. In many states, hunting small animals like rabbits and squirrels is legal throughout February. If you haven’t hunted squirrels before, it might not sound as exciting as hunting an elk or a wild boar. However, since the winter and the earlier hunting season have already claimed some of the weaker ones, the remaining squirrels will be cunning and make for a rewarding hunt. Rabbits are also a challenging hunt. They are one of the more popular small games to hunt, and it’s easy to see why. They have an excellent sense of smell and long-distance vision that only the most skilled hunters can know how to trick. If you are looking for a hunt that will challenge your brain as well as your hunting skills, small game could be your new favorite prey.

2: Some Animals Can Be Hunted Year-Round

While this does vary state by state, most states allow year-round hunting of animals that are considered pests or could harm the ecosystem of the land. Wild pigs and coyotes are some of the more popular animals to hunt year-round. Coyotes are highly intelligent and adaptable animals that have gotten a passionate following over the years in the hunting community.

Also, wild pigs can be hunted year-round in twelve states (California, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Michigan, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina, Texas, Virginia, Wisconsin). These husky creatures have an unpredictable temper, so only go after them if you are an experienced and thrill-seeking hunter.

3: Check Your Calendar

Depending on where you live, you might have more time to hunt big game than you think. Alabama allows deer hunting until February 10th, thanks to the varying rutting seasons around the state. Hunting seasons can shrink or grow based off population, rutting season, and the needs of the land.

4: Hunt Smarter, Not Harder

Every hunting season has its ups and downs. Hunting in February is no different. Fewer hunters means less competition for you. The barren land and fallen leaves mean you will have an excellent view of your prey. The catch? They can see you just as clearly. This is the time of year to break out your best camo.

Another drawback for hunting in February is that most of the prime hunt has already been harvested. January hunters have taken out the biggest game, and Mother Nature has taken the animals not fit enough to survive the harsh winter season. You might have missed the biggest animals of the season, but there are still lots of animals out there ready to give you a memorable day in the great outdoors.

Hunting in February is for hunters who like a challenge. Even though you might not catch the buck of your dreams, there is still plenty of great hunting to be had.

 

RLI Lands Five Legislative Victories in 2017: Inside The Beltway

As the New Year begins, I wanted to use this edition of “Inside the Beltway” to share some successes that RLI had in 2017.

Of, course these victories would not have been possible without the hard work and active engagement of RLI Members with their members of Congress through phone calls, emails, or in-district meetings. These activities make a difference and these five victories are a testament to their civic participation and perseverance.

Greater Awareness on the Value of 1031 

As the battle for tax reform and the possible reform or elimination of 1031s heated up in 2017, RLI members became the trusted source of information for Members of Congress and their staff for data on how 1031s add value to the economy. Turnover in Congress among Members and staff is constant and RLI members did an outstanding job communicating with Congressional offices about how 1031s add value to real estate in their district. While 1031s for real estate are safe as I write this column in November, 2017, it is critical that RLI members continue to reach out to Members of Congress and staff to make sure their voices are heard and 1031s are preserved.

The WOTUS Rule is Rolled Back

The Obama Administration finalized the Clean Water Rule (AKA the Waters of the U.S. Rule) in 2015.  Although the WOTUS rule was never implemented, due to a judicial stay, the damage of this rule would have been far-reaching. This vastly overreaching rule would have hindered economic development in rural and urban areas, tied up farmers, ranchers, and others who work the land in rolls and rolls of red tape and bureaucracy, and would have done unfathomable harm to property rights across the country. RLI and a broad coalition of regulated stakeholders were instrumental in raising alarms about the damage this rule could do to the country’s economy. As a result, one of the first Executive Orders President Trump signed began the process for withdrawing this rule and developing a common-sense and workable definition of “Waters of the U.S.”, one that will provide the clarity needed to encourage economic development and protect our critical water resources.

Drones Take to the Sky

The first call I ever received about using drones for real estate was in 2010 from Florida RLI Member Dean Saunders, ALC, who asked me the seemingly innocent question: “Can I use a drone to take pictures of some land I am selling?” At that time, after doing a little digging on the FAA website, I determined the answer was, unfortunately for Dean, “No.” The drone landscape has changed dramatically since then. Because of consumer desire and market need for innovative technology, RLI Members pushed the FAA to allow the use of drones for commercial purposes. FAA regulations, which were finalized in late 2016, were then implemented and enforced in 2017, unleashing a torrent of market creativity. Now, drones are a regular part of the American “airscape” partly because of RLI Members insistence that this technology can be used safely and can be an important part of selling land, thereby adding value to the real estate economy.

Reforms of the ESA Continue

There was good news on Sage Grouse as well as broader reform of the Endangered Species Act (ESA). While the Obama Administration decided to not list the Sage Grouse as endangered, they did withdraw 10 million acres of public land from being used for any economic activity such as mining or timbering, claiming this land was critical habitat for the Sage Grouse. In July, President Trump reversed this withdrawal through executive order.

On the broader issue of ESA reform, Congress has — for the first time in several years — moved forward with several bills that would enhance transparency, accountability of the ESA and improve the cost/benefit analysis during the listing process. More “rifle shot” legislative reforms are on the way.

The Deregulatory Steamroller Continues 

According to the Chamber of Commerce, President Trump has issued 29 executive actions to reduce regulatory requirements. In response, executive-branch agencies have issued 100 additional directives that either knock down regulations or begin a process to eliminate or shrink them.

The chamber’s count also lists almost 50 pieces of legislation that have been introduced or begun moving through Congress. And that count doesn’t include perhaps the most aggressive step the Republican Congress has taken: It has pioneered the use of a little-known 1996 law, the Congressional Review Act, which allows lawmakers to repeal executive-branch regulations within 60 days after they are finalized. Using that law, Congress has passed, and Mr. Trump has signed, legislation overturning 14 regulations promulgated by President Obama’s administration in its final days.

While unwinding regulations takes time, these are very consequential actions with huge benefits for the private sector and private development, and I expect these actions to continue.

This article originally appeared in the 2018 Winter Terra Firma Magazine, the official publication of the REALTORS® Land Institute.

 

About the author: In his position with the National Association of REALTORS®, Russell Riggs serves as the RLI’s Government Affairs Liaison in Washington, D.C., conducting advocacy on a variety of federal issues related to land.

How to Improve Your Social Media Presence as a Land Agent

In the age where Americans spend an average of 10 hours a day on the internet, a strong social media presence can help a land agent’s business grow tremendously. With social media, agents can better market themselves and reach their target audience more effectively.

So, if you’re a land professional who is lacking a little engagement on your platforms or you’re just ready to take it to the next level, here are three ways you can improve your social media presence to stand out among the competition.

  1. Be yourself.

Always post about things you care about – anything that feels “you.” If you’ve been out fishing and make a great catch, share a picture and tell the story. Post funny pictures of your dog or your kids, things that make you happy and you feel comfortable sharing. It will show your personality and your audience will appreciate your genuineness. You can also share your listings links, but it should never be your entire feed. If people follow you on a social platform it’s because they want to see more of who you are, not just that you are a land agent. So, try to mix it up a bit.

  1. Choose quality over quantity.

One well thought out, meaningful post a week is much better than junk content just to post once a day. How many times you post on each particular platform depends on which one you’re using. For Facebook, you’ll want to post around once a day. No more than once a day on Instagram, and up to 10 tweets a day on Twitter. Each platform is different, and you don’t want to be cannibalizing earlier posts. Remember, quality over quantity.

  1. Be strategic.

Each platform also has a different audience. Therefore, you should post where your audience is most active. If you are trying to reach a large age range of buyers, Facebook is your best bet. A younger buyer may be reached best on Instagram or Twitter. And if you’re selling land that includes a home with amazing architecture, Pinterest could be a great spot to share those pictures.

Having a scheduling tool can also make posting on social media a lot easier. Free tools like Buffer and Hootsuite allow you to write your posts ahead of time and share them when it is best for your audience. Try setting aside one hour to plan a few posts across platforms for the upcoming month. This way you can make sure you don’t forget a post and you’ll have consistent content throughout all of your platforms.

 

National Land Realty is a full-service real estate brokerage company specializing in farm, ranch, plantation, timber and recreational land across the country. NLR currently represents land buyers and sellers in 20 states. To learn more, visit www.nationalland.com.

The Land Market Trends Across America

Last year was a crazy year for the land industry. An unpredictable market and multiple natural disasters made 2017 hard to follow and made it even harder to predict what would happen next with the land industry.

Even with so many unpredictable factors, The RLI 2017 Land Market Survey, shows that last year was an overall good year for land real estate. In 2017, we had stronger economic growth. After a three-year decline, prices rose for all land types, and timber and greenfield development land are expected to post the strongest growth rates at three percent. Other surveys also prove it was a strong year for land real estate. As shown in the 2017 Land Values Summary, some regions thrived (the Pacific region saw an 8.7 percent increase in average value of real estate) while other struggled (the Northern Plains saw a 1.8 percent decrease). While overall, the value of United States farm real estate is averaged at $3,080 per acre (up 2.3 percent from 2016), some states faced drawbacks because of the natural disasters causing a decrease in hunting land sales. To learn more, we rounded up quotes from top ALCs across America about how their region’s land industry was influenced by 2017.

While U.S. lands typically sold slightly faster in 2017 than in 2016, some states saw a slower sales time frame. However, slower land sales doesn’t necessarily mean a lower need for quality farm land. In Wes Des Moines, Iowa, Sam Kain, ALC, who is the Assistant Vice President and Real Estate / National Sales Manager for Farmers National, noticed a slower time frame in the buying and selling process as a result of clients wanting to get the best possible value for their land. “Buyers of farmland are being more deliberate about their decisions, but farmers and investors are very interested in purchasing the right piece of ground that makes sense for them. Lenders are being more cautious in the amount of money they will lend on a land purchase, but there is still enough capital in the country to create demand for good land,” Kain said in an article published on Farm Forum.

Although sales might take longer than before, the value of the land in Iowa has remained strong. “Values for good land have been fairly steady during the past year and have even seen a slight increase since harvest,” said Kain.

In the Midwest, Aaron Graham, ALC, the President of National Land Realty, from Gretna, Nebraska, noticed a growing concern in the land industry about how the decline in hunting could affect recreational land sales. “Although I have seen reports in our Midwest area stating land values, specifically tillable farm land, have crept up slightly, transaction volume remains a long distance from the market peek in 2014,” said Graham. “There is some increasing concern for the recreational/hunting lands sector from a recent U.S Fish and Wildlife Services report, which states that over the last five years the number of hunters across the U.S. has declined a whopping fifteen percent.”
Not long ago, the Midwest held the most expensive hunting land per acre (averaging about $2,975 per acre, according to a 2015 Whitetail Properties post). Could tillable farm land replace hunting grounds as the Midwest’s most profitable land real estate? Only time will tell.

In the south, Texas is struggling to keep up with a new demand for affordable housing. However, the new affordable houses that are available on the market are selling at lightning speed, which could be good news for the future. “The Northeast Texas housing stepped back because of the supply constraints for homes under $300,000, however, the new homes have continued to catch up on demand. Express homes are being constructed and sold in our area. The resale of homes and supply of listings fell, but the average home sold in less than a month,” said Wendy Johnson, ALC, with United Country Real Estate-Texas Landmark Properties, from Royse City, Texas.

Johnson has also noticed a conflict of interest between buyers and sellers. “Owners are selling off tracts or all of their land to developers, and to buyers wanting smaller tracts of land. However, buyers are looking for land to build their homes on that provide ponds, trees, etc., which is a challenge. The rising land cost in many areas has significantly increased, for example, in McKinney, Anna, Caddo Mills, Royse City, Rockwall, Blue Ridge, Farmersville, and surrounding areas.” According to the latest RLI + NAR Land Markets Survey, residential transactions are expected to go up four percent in 2018, with recreational and commercial closely behind at three percent.

Despite Hurricane Irma’s devastating effects on the state, Florida’s land industry is flourishing. “In Florida, the recession is a distant memory.” Says Caleb McDow, ALC, who serves as a Vice President for Crosby & Associates, Inc., from Winter Haven, Florida. “Land is in high demand for both commercial and residential development. Demand is also high for agricultural land. We consistently have more buyers than sellers, which is resulting in higher land prices and lower returns for agricultural investors.”

Despite the Southwest facing some of the worst of the natural disasters of the last few years, including devastating wildfires, irrigated land values and the housing market are holding their own. “The Southwest’s land market is experiencing a few different markets in and among itself right now,” says Justin Osborn, ALC, who is a Licensed Associate Real Estate Broker for The Wells Group Durango, from Durango, Colorado. “Due to the arid climate, irrigated land continues to be in high demand, especially if it’s turnkey and income producing farm ground. The strong housing market has greatly affected development parcels near city limits and caused those to also be in high demand the past eighteen months. Recreational properties still take some time to move, but those that have live water and border public land will obviously sell faster than those that don’t. The market for large acreage dry land parcels continues to still be quite stagnant.”

Even in states whose land industry was rattled in 2017, there is still a lot of good news that can be taken into 2018. Overall agricultural land value has increased, land sale volumes are rising at a healthy rate, and an overturn of the controversial Waters of United States (WOTUS) rule is expected. No matter where you are from across this great country, 2018 is shaping up to be a great year!

US Land Values Up Three Percent, Land Sales Up Four Percent Showing Strong Land Market

January 16, 2018 (Chicago) – The Realtors® Land Institute and National Association of Realtors® Research Group released the results of their annual Land Markets Survey which shows a 4 percent increase in land sales and a 3 percent increase in land prices over the previous twelve months.

RLI Land Markets Survey 2017

Sales for all types of land rose, indicating a strong national land market. In the lead were residential land sales with an increase of 5 percent, followed by commercial land sales up by 4 percent. Analysts in the NAR Research Group and at RLI believe these markets are in the lead because of the sustained economic growth and the continued recovery of the housing construction market due to an increase in new home sales.

Land sales for agricultural irrigated land also rebounded after contracting last year, as commodity prices generally stabilized from late 2016 to early 2017 after slumping since 2014. Responses from survey participants indicated a lack of land financing, tighter zoning regulations, and valuation issues as some of the biggest issues facing the industry.

RLI’s 2018 National President Jimmy Settle, ALC, said “Now is great time for landowners and investors as well as land professionals. With flat commodity prices making the growth in ag land sales modest compared to residential and commercial land sales, it’s encouraging to see the market as a whole still continue to strengthen.”

The annual Land Markets Survey is a tool for landowners and land real estate professionals in all sectors of the business to use for bench-marking and as an informational resource when conducting business. This year marks the fifth consecutive year that the survey has been conducted to reveal current trends and the ever-changing state of land markets within the industry; and with over 800 respondents this year, it continues to grow. The Realtors® Land Institute has made the full survey results available for free to the public on their website at rliland.com/about-realtors-land-institute/land-markets-survey 

About the Realtors® Land Institute
The Realtors® Land Institute, “The Voice of Land,” continually strives to maintain its status as the acknowledged leader for all matters pertaining to the land real estate profession. RLI endeavors to remain the essential membership organization for the extraordinary real estate professionals who broker, lease, sell, develop, and manage our most precious resource: the land. The Realtors Land Institute, provides the expertise, camaraderie, and valuable resources that are the foundation for all land real estate professionals to become the best in the business. For more information, visit rliland.com or call 800.441.5263. It’s the best time to join the best!

What’s Right for Your Client?

When assisting a client with a land transaction it is not only important to be able to answer your clients questions but also, possibly more importantly, to be able to ask your client the right questions. Below is a sample scenario of a new client and a few examples of questions a land professional may ask in order to help the client determine the best decision regarding their property.

The scenario
Your client owns land composed of agricultural land, but which also has some woods and water (and you know the highest and best use is continued use of the land as agricultural land and hunting/recreational ground). Your client is reaching a time in their life to make decisions on how best to handle their land for the future and there are many options in today’s world. Some of these could include:

  • selling it for row crop land and the woods/water for hunting/recreation;
  • or, once sold, complete a 1031 exchange to purchase another income-producing property or retirement home;
  • or, keep the farm via leasing it out so that your client has an income in retirement;
  • or, work on a succession plan to keep the land in the family;
  • or, enroll the land in an exclusive ag covenant or conservation easement;
  • or, use the land to build their retirement home or cabin so they can enjoy their retirement and have a wonderful, memory-filled family retreat to pass on to their heirs.

Questions for your client when considering the above options

  • Are you prepared for retirement?
  • Do you need an additional income stream into the future besides other retirement funds?
  • Do you want to continue to farm yourself?
  • Do you have children who want to farm?
  • Do you strongly feel you want your land to continue into perpetuity as ag land or recreational land?
  • Do you already have a retirement home?
  • Do you have funds and time to build and enjoy a family retreat that can be passed on to the next generation?

Starting points
When the future of your land is in question, an appraisal or broker price opinion will provide an opinion of the worth of the land. This factor alone may assist in helping answer some of the above questions for your client. Your client may decide, based on the number of children they have, the number of acres of land and rent or income from that land, there may not be enough income to divide between the number of children and they will elect to sell the land. Or, on the reverse side, they may decide, depending on the number of children and amount of agricultural land, there would be enough income to warrant keeping the land in the family.

Then, are there children who are interested in farming or not? If yes, succession planning can be handled and there are a number of extension offices, attorneys, etc. who can assist with succession planning. If there are no children interested in farming, a professional farm manager could assist the children in managing the farm.

Should the client decide to enroll the land into an ag covenant or conservation easement? An Accredited Land Consultant (broker/REALTOR®) can assist in locating the appropriate agency/entity.

In deciding whether to add a family retreat to their land, the question again is dependent on their financial situation, age, the number of children/grandchildren they have, and so on.

Conclusion
Your client’s land is probably their largest asset and assisting your client to make an educated decision is the goal, even though it may involve tough questions. If you are interested in working with landowners, you can obtain the education, experience, connections, and expertise you need to better assist your client with the tough questions through the REALTORS® Land Institute.

Terri Jensen, ALC, is a Broker/REALTOR®, Auctioneer, and Appraiser in Minnesota and is currently VP of Real Estate/Appraisal at Upper Midwest Mgmt. Terri served as the 2015 RLI National President of the REALTORS® Land Institute, a commercial affiliate of NAR, and is still an active member of the organization, holding their elite Accredited Land Consultant (ALC) Designation.

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Realtors® Land Institute & Mossy Oak Properties Partner To Bring Success To Land Agents

January 11, 2018 (Chicago) – The Realtors® Land Institute (RLI) is excited to announce its partnership with a leading industry brokerage, Mossy Oak Properties. Through RLI’s LANDU Education Partnership, the two organizations are joining forces to bring Mossy Oak Properties’ 600+ land real estate agents expertise, prestige, and opportunities across the country.

As the industry leader in education for land agents, the Realtors® Land Institute (RLI) now offers discounts on education, resources, and events through the new partnership that will help their agents to be more productive and effective for their clients.

Aubrie Kobernus, CEO of the Realtors® Land Institute, commented on the partnership saying “We developed these strategic LANDU Education Partnership opportunities for brokerages looking to invest in enhancing their agents’ skills by taking advantage of the resources we have available as an organization. This partnership is a win all around – especially for Mossy Oak Properties agents and their clients!”

“Our mission at Mossy Oak Properties is to create opportunities for our network of land specialists that will enrich their professional and personal lives. Our partnership with the Realtors® Land Institute reflects our commitment to that, via unparalleled networking and educational opportunities.  We will strongly encourage active participation in RLI — and pursuit of their Accredited Land Consultant Designation — with all our land specialists,” said David Hawley, Franchise Sales Manager for Mossy Oak Properties, also commenting on the new partnership.

As a partner, Mossy Oak Properties will also have a booth at RLI’s 2018 National Land Conference being held in Nashville, TN, from March 12-14. The event is considered the premier industry conference for land real estate agents to gain expertise, share insights, and make deals happen. To learn more about the National Land Conference or partnership opportunities available, visit rliland.com/national-land-conference

About the Realtors® Land Institute
The Realtors® Land Institute, “The Voice of Land,” continually strives to maintain its status as the acknowledged leader for all matters pertaining to the land real estate profession. RLI endeavors to remain the essential membership organization for the extraordinary real estate professionals who broker, lease, sell, develop, and manage our most precious resource: the land. The Realtors® Land Institute, provides the expertise, camaraderie, and valuable resources that are the foundation for all land real estate professionals to become the best in the business. For more information, visit rliland.com or call 800.441.5263. It’s the best time to join the best!

2018

What’s Coming Up For RLI in 2018?

Happy New Year! We here at RLI hope you have a safe and successful 2018! The first few days of the New Year are a great time to work on your New Year’s resolutions and plan for the future. In the spirit of the holiday, we wanted to give you a sneak preview about what the REALTORS® Land Institute has in store for 2018.

One thing to look forward to in 2018 is a new and improved LANDU Education Program. After a conducting a deep dive review of all the LANDU courses, RLI hired an expert instructional designer to update the LANDU Education Program material. “The updated courses will begin being taught in 2018, with the goal of rolling out six updated courses at LANDU Education Week in June 2018,” said Amanda Jenkins, RLI’s Education Manager.  “RLI recognizes that in order to continue being industry leaders in the land real estate education arena an entire revamp of the LANDU curriculum is necessary. We’re excited to be working on this project with our subject matter experts and a knowledgeable instructional designer. We will be introducing new and improved courses in 2018 – keep an eye out!”

The 2018 LANDU Education Week, which will be held in Arlington, TX, from June 3-11, is a great way for agents aspiring to be ALCs to finish all the ALC education requirements in one week. The three required courses for the ALC Designation and three elective will be held at the event.

The countdown for the 2018 National Land Conference has begun with only 60 days to go! On March 12-14, ALCs from across America will gather in Nashville, TN, to share ideas and learn from the best in the land real estate business. In addition to the annual Cowboy Auction, expert guest speakers, and Let’s Make Deal$ LIVE, there are also some great new additions to the NLC18 line-up. There will even be new sessions, including the Land Tech Accelerator Program and a pre-conference tour of the Jack Daniel’s Distillery. NLC18 is bound to be a conference you don’t want to miss!

NLC18 will also include the first ever RLI APEX Awards. Sponsored by The Land Report, this awards program will celebrate the best of the best land real estate professionals. Prizes will be awarded for top sales, performance, and highest dollar volume in closed land transactions. Here’s a full list of the APEX Awards. Interested in applying? If you meet the qualifications (more about those here), you can submit your completed application to Aubrie Kobernus, CEO at akobernus@realtors.org by the Friday, January 26 deadline.

If your New Year’s Resolution is to get more involved with the REALTORS® Land Institute, there is an easy way that also gets you recognized as an industry expert! We’re always looking for expert ALCs and RLI Members to share their wisdom through guest posts. If you want to have your writing featured on the industry’s leading land real estate blog, please contact Jessa Friedrich, Marketing Manager, to submit your article.

We have a lot of great things lined up for 2018, and hope you do too! Happy 2018, from all of us here at the REALTORS® Land Institute.

 

 

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New ALCs Emerge In All Corners of US in 2017

January 9, 2018 (Chicago, Ill.) – The Realtors® Land Institute (RLI) is proud to announce the twenty-one Realtors® who have earned the Accredited Land Consultant (ALC) Designation in 2017. These land professionals have accomplished earning this elite designation, through RLI, which distinguishes them as one of the most experienced and educated land real estate agents in the country.

The Realtors® Land Institute (RLI) congratulates the following twenty-one Accredited Land Consultants on their accomplishment:

James Bineau, ALC, Aspen, CO; Michael Dreyer, ALC, Indian Harbor Beach, FL; Michael Downey, ALC, Mt. Vernon, IA; Jeff Evans, ALC, Pittsfield, IL; Joe Gizdic, ALC, Roodhouse, IL; Ashley Goodroe, ALC, Eatonton, GA; Jacob Hart, ALC, Decorah, IA; Edward Harvey, ALC, Cody, WY; Jeff Heil, ALC, Ste. Genevieve, MO; Kenny Herring, ALC, Indianola, IA; Mike Lansdell, ALC, St Marys, GA; Michael Lauher, ALC, Savoy, IL; Caleb McDow, ALC, Winer Haven, FL; Aaron Milliken, ALC, Pittsfield, IL; Bill Minor, ALC, Indianapolis, IN; Will Moore, ALC, Lexington, VA; Travis Robeson, ALC, Brentwood, TN; John F. Robinson, ALC, The Woodlands, TX; David Thien, ALC, Council Bluff, IA; Jim Vidamour, ALC, La Veta, CO; Scott Whittington, ALC, Springfield, IL.

accredited land consultant alc logoEarning the ALC Designation is an indication of the most accomplished, experienced, educated, trustworthy, and highest performing land experts in the industry. ALCs work hard to complete the rigorous LANDU education requirements, build a proven track record of success in the business, and pass an evaluation and approval process by the organization’s ALC Designation Committee and Board of Directors. ALCs are the most trusted and elite land professionals as proven by their commitment to professional development and a strong code of ethical conduct.

About the Realtors® Land Institute              
The Realtors® Land Institute, “The Voice of Land,” continually strives to maintain its status as the acknowledged leader for all matters pertaining to the land real estate profession. RLI endeavors to remain the essential membership organization for the extraordinary real estate professionals who broker, lease, sell, develop, and manage our most precious resource: the land. The Realtors® Land Institute, provides the expertise, camaraderie, and valuable resources that are the foundation for all land real estate professionals to become the best in the business. For more information, visit rliland.com or call 800.441.5263. It’s the best time to join the best!