Posts Tagged ‘land for sale’

Hacienda Pinilla Announces Auction to Secure New Owners, Fund Foundation

Tuesday, August 21st, 2012

August 21, 2012 (KANSAS CITY, Mo.) – Agroganadera Pinilla, S.A., the owner of Hacienda Pinilla Beach Resort and Residential Community, Guanacaste, Costa Rica, announced today that it will offer qualified investors and developers a unique opportunity to participate in an auction of the Hacienda Pinilla to accelerate the realization of the vision for the project. Additionally, net proceeds from the newly invested capital will be used to permanently fund the operations and charitable work of Guanacaste Ventures U.S., Inc., and its counterpart foundation in Costa Rica, Fundación Progreso Guanacaste, each established by Mr. H.G. (“Pat”) Pattillo, majority shareholder of Agroganadera Pinilla, S.A., to continue the work of the foundations focused on education, healthcare and affordable housing for the people of Guanacaste.

“For over 40 years, I have been blessed and enriched by the opportunity to be part of the Guanacaste community and feel as strongly now as ever about the importance of investing in its future. As I advance in my years, it is important for me to make certain that the work of the foundations continue after I am no longer able to personally ensure that funds are available for continuation of the foundations’ operations. It is our intention to secure a new investor for the project as soon as practical so that we can build on the work of the foundations, which has included the improvement or repair of over 45 schools in Guanacaste, local medical assistance, construction of affordable housing, and scholarships for Guanacaste young people to attend universities in the U.S. It is also important that we continue to build value in the project for the benefit of those that call Hacienda Pinilla home” said Mr. Pattillo, an entrepreneur and philanthropist from Decatur, Georgia.

United Country Real Estate, a premier global real estate brokerage and auction company specializing in marketing distinctive, investment grade real estate assets, has been engaged to assist Agroganadera Pinilla, S.A. to market the project to qualified investors internationally in cooperation with David Pinsel, Managing Director of Colliers International North Texas, and Patrick Duffy, President of Colliers International Houston. The property will be offered to the highest bidder subject to seller confirmation of the offer.

“The newly-renovated international airport – only a 45-minute drive from the project, with increased daily flights and passenger traffic – puts Guanacaste is on the ‘short list’ for global tourists and retirees. Hacienda Pinilla is the premier established resort in the area and combines all the amenities and convenience expected of a world class destination resort community and the best of what the Costa Rican lifestyle has to offer,” said Mr. Dan Duffy, Chief Executive Officer, United Country Real Estate. “There is a reason why the developers of the recently opened J.W. Marriott chose to build on this property. They were secure in the fact that the extensive in-place infrastructure, comprehensive permitting and extensive amenities which include a Mike Young designed 7,300 yard masterpiece 18 hole golf course, beach club and spa, fine dining, equestrian facilities, Certified Audubon International Sanctuary and world class white sand beaches would drive interest in their property…and they were right” added Mr. Duffy.

“Due to the scale of what is being offered to the market, approximately 4,450 acre master-planned and permitted communities and the unique opportunity for investors and developers to invest in a one of a kind project with exceptional infrastructure and “turnkey” operations, Hacienda Pinilla will be offered both in carefully articulated development parcels and in its entirety,” said Mike Jones, President, United Country Auction Services. “We are already receiving exceptionally strong interest in the project. With multiple beach and ocean front, golf course and mountain hotel and residential development tracts, equestrian ‘ranchette’ communities, retail and mixed-use sites there is really something for every developer serious about being part of a truly unique development opportunity in an exceptional part of the world.”

United Country Real Estate is the principal broker and auctioneer representing the seller for this offering in cooperation with Colliers International. Interested parties are welcome to visit www.HaciendaPinillaAuction.com or call 1-800-444-5044 or 1-816-420-6253 to learn more about the investment opportunities at Hacienda Pinilla.

About Guanacaste Ventures U.S., Inc., Fundación Progreso Guanacaste and Hacienda Pinilla

Guanacaste Ventures U.S., Inc., is a private non-profit organization dedicated to improving education, health and housing in the Americas. In cooperation with its sister foundation in Costa Rica, Fundación Progreso Guanacaste, Guanacaste Ventures U.S., Inc., has provided scholarships to Costa Rican students from the region of Guanacaste for use in attending U.S. colleges and universities. The foundations were established in 2005 by Mr. H.G. (“Pat”) Pattillo, the majority shareholder of Agroganadera Pinilla, S.A. The original idea was to use profits garnered from the Hacienda Pinilla Beach Resort and Residential Community to improve the lives and offer educational opportunities of the citizens of the Guanacaste region of Costa Rica. The foundations have used these funds to build and renovate numerous schools and houses, and to fund educational and healthcare initiatives, as well as provide scholarships, every year since its inception.

About United Country

United Country Real Estate is the largest fully integrated network of conventional and auction real estate professionals in the United States and Central America. The company has been an innovator in real estate marketing since 1925. United Country supports nearly 550 offices across the U.S., Costa Rica, Panama and resort areas of Mexico, with a unique, comprehensive marketing program that includes one of the largest portfolios of property marketing websites (more than 3,000 separate sites and traffic of approximately 3 million visitors per month), multiple United Country real estate catalogs with national distribution , an extensive buyer database and national advertising of local properties that reaches more than 90 million homes per week. United Country has recently been recognized by Franchise Business Review, AllBusiness.com, The Land Report, Entrepreneur and The Wall Street Journal as one of the top U.S. real estate companies.

About Colliers International

Colliers International is the third-largest commercial real estate services company in the world, with over 12,300 professionals operating out of more than 522 offices in 62 countries. A subsidiary of FirstService Corporation (NASDAQ: FSRV; TSX: FSV and FSV.PR.U), it focuses on accelerating success for its clients by seamlessly providing a full range of services to real estate users, owners and investors worldwide, including global corporate solutions, brokerage, property and asset management, hotel investment sales and consulting, valuation, consulting and appraisal services, mortgage banking and research. Commercial Property Executive and Multi-Housing News magazines ranked Colliers International the top U.S. real estate company. The latest annual survey by the Lipsey Company ranked Colliers International as the second-most recognized commercial real estate firm in the world.

Foreign Investment in US Ranch and Land Markets

Thursday, August 2nd, 2012

What Is A Conservation Easement?

Tuesday, April 24th, 2012

What Is A Conservation Easement?

Conservation easements convey a lawful interest in land where the landowner gifts or sells rights to a qualified entity like a land trust. The landowner retains full ownership with restrictions on activities they can do on the property. The landowner as well as land trust negotiate the restrictions and constraints that will be placed on the property. Conversation easements are voluntary negative easements, legally binding constraints on the usage of land for conservation, environmental, or historic purposes. They are granted in perpetuity and pertain to the land no matter who may own it in the future.

Landowners can sell or bequeath property that is covered with a conservation easement. Conservation easements can assist landowners in conserving their land, wildlife habitat, scenic areas or historic buildings. They are designed to satisfy the site-specific needs of the individual landowner and land trust. Conservation easements may also provide landowners with gift and property tax benefits.

Conservation easements might involve expenses for items including legal fees, survey and appraisal costs as well as other professional services. They are generally not a one-size-fits-all proposition. Landowners will have to completely understand the conservation easement and the benefits and limitations before signing. Numerous landowners didn’t have a full comprehension of what they were undertaking and therefore are now remorseful of having placed a conservation easement on their property.

Conservation easements are hard to draft and are costly to monitor and enforce over time. The land trust also must continue to keep track of the property to ensure that the landowner is not violating its terms. Landowners are notified when the land trust will be inspecting the property and the land trust has a legal right to enter the property. The land trust must also defend the conservation easement if legal action needs to be taken.

Conservation easements will become a more and more important conservation tool in the 21st century which will have significant benefits including better water and air quality as well preservation of natural resources. Landowners will hopefully educate themselves concerning the advantages and limitations of conservation easements to help make informed decisions. It is critical that landowners possess a full comprehension of what a conservation easement does and does not allowed them to do. Otherwise it is a recipe for conflict concerning the landowner and the land trust. If you’re searching for land for sale and locate a property that you might want that has a conservation easement, be sure to seek a professional who has an understanding of conservation easements so that you have a full comprehension of it before buying the property.

Learn more about Conservation Easements. Stop by Open Fences’ site where you can find out all about land for sale and the best property for you you.

Open Fences Launches FaceBook pages service.

Friday, February 17th, 2012

Open Fences now offers FaceBook Page construction and updates for your Fan Pages. Open Fences not only can set up new tabs for your Fan Page to show case Videos, Farms and Ranches for sale, Blog posts, or any other content that you would like to showcase but Open Fences can also showcase the Farm, Ranch, and Land content on Open Fences’ FaceBook page.

With FaceBook becoming a huge marketing platform, let us show you how we can create dynamic and attractive Fan Page tabs for your Fan Page that will provide Fans information, capture contact information, and further engage your fans. This is a great way to show case Farms and Ranches for sale.

The possibilities are endless with FaceBook Fan Page tabs.

Why you Should Exchange Under IRC 1031

Monday, November 2nd, 2009

There are several reasons that you as a property owner should participate in a 1031 exchange. For those of you who are not familiar with 1031 exchanges, 1031s are a way to defer taxes on the capital gains from a sale of investment property.  1031s can be very complicated and you will also need the help of a 1031 qualified intermediary. There are 5 main advantages to exchanging property.

  1. Preservation of Equity – 1031 exchanges allow owners to defer taxes on the capital gains from a sale indefinitely. This allows the owner to roll the gains into a new property over and over rather than pay the taxes. Keep in mind that if you do 1031 exchanges and then at some time in the future decide not to exchange you will owe taxes going all the way back to your original basis.
  2. Leverage – You can exchange from a property that you have a high amount of equity or one that you own “free and clear”  into a property of much more value and has a higher cash flow.
  3. Diversification – Exchangers can diversify by exchanging out of one property into two or more properties. There are time considerations that must be taken into account. Consult with an attorney prior to engaging in an exchange involving multiple properties.
  4. Management Relief – If you as an owner have accumulated several single family rentals that require intensive management you can exchange them for one single investment property that requires substantially less management.
  5. Estate Planning – In many cases, several members of a family inherent a single property jointly and cannot agree on what they want to do with it. The family members can exchange the property for several different properties that suit the needs of all family members.

Always consult with an attorney who is familiar with 1031 exchanges.

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Things to Consider Prior to Building a Log Home

Monday, September 28th, 2009

Log homes have provided shelter for thousands of years. Over that time, they have evolved from simple crude structures to extravagant finely crafted structures. As you begin to plan to build a log home, there are several details you will want to consider.

Cost is obviously one of the primary factors for any home and is even more so with log homes. You can get economical log home kits that you can easily construct yourself. However, they will not give you the rustic high-end elegance of a handcrafted log home. Handcrafted log homes will cost considerably more than kit homes however they of a much finer quality.

Log shape is another consideration. Log kits can come in full round (typically not fully round- round on exterior and interior but flat tops and bottoms), D logs (flat interior and round exterior), and square. There is very little advantage of any one type construction wise. It mainly comes down to personal preference. hand crafted log homes utilize raw full round logs. Crafters then fit each log into place by hand. As you can imagine, this requires much more time and skill thus increasing the cost of handcrafted log homes significantly.

Another detail you will want to consider is whether you want your home chinked or not. Chinking is the weather proofing between logs. Originally chinking was made of a mixture of mud and straw. Today it is comprised of a foam backer rod covered with a silicon or latex coating. All log homes do not require chinking. Kit log homes use a weather stripping that is compressed between the logs and therefore do not need to be chinked. Also tightly fitted handcrafted log homes can be sealed in the same manner and therefore do not require chinking. If you like the look of chinking, any log home can be chinked. Just remember that this will be an additional construction cost. Chinking also comes in a variety of colors to match the stain that you use on your log home.

Another factor that affects the overall cost is construction time. Kit log homes require substantially less time to erect compared to handcrafted log homes. Kit logs are milled so that all logs are uniform and just need to be stacked with little or no handcrafting. Handcrafted log homes are usually erected twice. The first time the logs are fitted into place at the log yard. The logs are then taken down and shipped to the construction site where they are fitted back together.

There are numerous log home companies that provide both kit and handcrafted log homes. Prior to selecting a company gather all the info that you can on the company, their logs and construction techniques and if possible visit one or two log homes they have constructed.

When you are ready to buy that special piece of land to build your log home on, visit www.landbrokermls.com to search land for sale.

Is it Safe to Buy Land on Ebay?

Monday, July 27th, 2009

Buying land on Ebay is just as safe as buying land from any other source as long as you do your due diligence. Regardless of where you buy land, you always want to make sure that you use competent professionals (ie. brokers, attorneys, title companies, etc.) to help you with your due diligence. Never buy land site unseen. Even if you have seen photos of the property. Pictures are worth a thousand words but pictures also lie. It is too easy to present a property in the best light and leave out glaring faults using pictures.

It is always best to physically inspect the property. You can always put land for sale under contract with contingencies for inspection, financing, and other  diligence concerns such as environmental considerations, zoning, tax implications, etc. This is where having good professionals assisting you pays off. They are familiar with issues that might arise when buying land. Also, just because land is for sale and listed by a licensed broker dos not make it safe to assume that the property does not have issues that can cause you headaches or even legal issues in the long run.

When buying land, whether it s on Ebay, through a broker or through private treaty, always protect yourself by using competent professionals, doing your due diligence, and physically inspecting the property. If you follow these three simple tips you will save yourself a lot of headaches.

Best of luck and Happy Buying!