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Aspen Market Takes a Tumble

The 2008 numbers are in, and Pitkin County – the bellwether market for high-profile, high-dollar real estate in the Colorado Rockies – has gone downhill. Dollar volume? Down 46 percent from 2007. Real estate transactions? Off 40 percent.

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Posted in Eric OKeefe, Feature, News Desk, Regional News, Topics, West

The Land Report Looks at the Bush Administration

Change. If Barack Obama delivers on his simple campaign pledge, that’s what’s coming to Washington. But George W. Bush offered change of his own – particularly on laws and regulations affecting landowners.

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Posted in Feature, Federal Policy, News Desk, Topics

Illinois Land Auction Gins $24 Million

A crowd of 800, including 250 bidders, gathered at the Crowne Plaza in Springfield on Jan. 21 and spent more than six hours and $24 million to acquire 4,000 acres of prime Illinois farmland.

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Posted in Eric OKeefe, Farming, Feature, Midwest, News Desk, Regional News, Topics

Jeff Gordon to Sell Aspen Ranch?

The Aspen Times is reporting that four-time NASCAR champion Jeff Gordon is under contract to sell his 2,000-acre Aspen ranch. The buyer? John MacDonald, a Dallas developer who created the Dallas National Golf Club. According to the report in the

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Posted in Conservation, Eric OKeefe, Feature, Golf, News Desk, Recreation, Regional News, Residential Property, Topics, West

The Land Report Looks at the New Congress

The 111th Congress, with the strongest Democratic majority in years, was seated on January 6 and already the body is at work on legislation of significant importance to landowners nationwide.

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Posted in Feature, Federal Policy, Joseph Guinto, News Desk, Topics

Property Tax Revolt Brewing

As the New Year gets under way, elected officials are considering curbing or rolling back property taxes in numerous states from coast to coast. That’s good news for landowners, homeowners, and real estate investors whose properties are easy pickings for

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Posted in Eric OKeefe, Feature, News Desk, Taxes, Topics

Behind the Woodshed: TVA

OK, let’s face facts. When it comes to bad neighbors, there are horror stories and then there’s TVA. What these guys have done make a crooked fenceline or stray livestock look like the county fair. Can anyone imagine what it must be

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Posted in Energy, Eric OKeefe, Feature, News Desk, Regional News, Residential Property, South, Topics, Water

Forest Service Paving the Way for Plum Creek?

The nation’s largest landowner may be getting a last-minute, going-away gift from the Bush Administration. The Forest Service may amend existing easements, a step that would allow Plum Creek Timber (NYSE:PCL) to pave roads through USFS land.  Such a move would facilitate an

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Posted in Eric OKeefe, Feature, Federal Policy, News Desk, Regional News, Residential Property, Timber, Topics, West

Land Report 100er No. 87 Takes the Chair at The Nature Conservancy

Roger Milliken Jr., president and CEO of Maine’s Baskahegan Co., was named chairman of the board of The Nature Conservancy, one of the world’s largest conservation organizations. The announcement was made earlier this month. Milliken, whose family’s company owns more than 100,000

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Posted in Conservation, Eric OKeefe, Feature, News Desk, Northeast, Topics

Kelo Rears Its Greedy Head in Houston

For landowners, their is no more controversial case than the Supreme Court’s 5-4 decision in Kelo v. City of New London permitting the use of eminent domain to transfer private property from one owner to another under the guise of furthering economic development. In response

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Posted in Eric OKeefe, Feature, Federal Policy, News Desk, Public Land, Regional News, Southwest, Topics

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