Buying Land

Unwritten Etiquette Rules When Searching for Rural Land

Land agents generally enjoy working with people, but there are always some potential buyers who drive agents up the wall. No, we’re not talking about calling after 10 p.m. because you found a property online and had to see it early the next morning. We’re talking about the stuff that buyers do that sabotage their chances of finding the right property, at the right price, in the right location, or even buying land at all.

If you’re searching for rural land, you might be curious about what you should say when contacting a land agent. Pat Porter, broker at RecLand Realty, provides some tips on how to communicate effectively with your agent and shares what to say and what to avoid in your communication.

Communication with your land agent is integral to the process of finding and buying land for sale. One of the best ways to make the search process go as smoothly as possible is to communicate effectively with your agent.

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About the author

Pat Porter

Pat is the owner / broker for RecLand Realty. RecLand specializes in selling hunting land, timberland, farms, & ranches in LA, AR, MS, TX, IA, & MO. See their company website at

Pat, his wife, and three boys are land owners and enjoy hunting, shooting, and an outdoor lifestyle. They live in northeast Louisiana and are usually in the woods somewhere several times a week.


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  • On the flip side and I am speaking from my experience so far looking for a 30-40 acre property that we just want to use for basic camping and hunting the majority of people it seems lists the properties fairly poorly. As an example I was looking at listings that were from an established ranch that was selling lots of acreage.

    On their ads they show pictures of what you think is the property and the listed usage. It ends up the pictures are not the actual property and property listed as “hunting” have a HOA rule of “no outdoor shooting”. O.K. That must a great trick to pull off. Consideration goes both ways and so far I’m not seeing any on the listings I’ve looked at.

    • Ha! “No hunting!…” Dang, that’s unfortunate that information was so poor. In my experience with dedicated land brokerages, most are pretty solid in how they represent rural real estate. I hope you swerve into a better experience!

      Thanks for watching and commenting!

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