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Want to find a great tract for sale? Don’t let winter weather stop you!

Curlew Boat Ramp - Anderson Ranch Reservoir. Photo credit: Melanie Schell

In areas of the country where snow and low temperatures are a fact of life in the winter, some recreational land buyers might think they need to wait until spring to start the process.

That doesn’t have to be the case, though, said Tom Moore of Northwest Land & Lifestyle Properties, located just outside Coeur d’Alene, Idaho.

“This is actually a great time to look at recreational properties,” said Moore, a member of the PotlatchDeltic Preferred Broker Network. “And if you pick out a property now and get the purchase done, you’ll be ready to enjoy your getaway as spring begins.”

That said, there are some things you should consider when shopping for property in the North during the winter. In particular, it’s important to work with a recreational land broker who understands the area and topography. This expert’s local knowledge about properties and access to them during the winter can save buyers from making costly mistakes, or from potentially putting themselves in danger.

Also, being prepared for the weather conditions when looking at property in the cold weather is very important. When buyers are out shopping for property in the winter, they should always wear warm clothes and footwear suitable for cold and snow. Cell phone service can be limited in many areas, so buyers should let someone know where they are going prior to heading out to look at property.

With the right preparation and guidance, there are actually several advantages to scouting properties in the winter. With snow on the ground, you’ll easily see tracks that tell you about wildlife habitat and patterns. And because many trees don’t have leaves right now, you can get a better look at the property from different vantage points.

Recreational land is extremely popular in Idaho and other states where PotlatchDeltic sells properties, so starting the process now make sense, said Ben Ballard, a real estate manager for PotlatchDeltic who’s based in Moscow, Idaho.

“To get the property that’s perfect for you, you’ll want to start the process a few months before you want to use a property,” he said. “That way, you won’t feel rushed and can make the best, most informed decision.”

With this in mind, he suggests calling one of the experts in the PotlatchDeltic Preferred Broker Network now if you’re looking for a recreational property in Alabama, Arkansas, Idaho, Louisiana or Mississippi. Spring will be here before you know it!

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