The decision to buy or sell hunting or farmland is going to be one of the biggest decisions you will make in your life, so don’t take it lightly!If you don’t currently own your own land, you might want to think about ‘gettin some’! I don’t know if you have noticed, but Mother Nature is not making any more of it. Have you ever seen a rural subdivision or strip mall torn down and put back to ‘nature’ the way it was? Even though the Michigan economy is still quite slow, there still is vacant land being bought up and developed for commercial and residential use. You probably see it every day on your drive to work or your favorite hunting spot.So, you have decided that now is the time to purchase your own land for any number of the great reasons to do so. Where do you start? Do you talk to a lending institution first? Do you start browsing any of the many real estate listing sites out there? Do you talk with a qualified and licensed Realtor first? Do you sit down and talk with your buddy or co-worker who has recently purchased land? Any of these options is not a bad place to start, but there is a way to go about the process which will make it all much easier.Being involved in farming and hunting for my entire 39 years of being on this earth, I have paid attention to what makes farmland, great farmland. I have paid attention to what makes hunting land, great hunting land. I also pay attention to people and what type of hunter, fishermen, or outdoorsmen they are and what they ‘need’ to make their outdoor experience a positive one. You don’t want to be a month into owning your new land and figure out it isn’t what you thought it was or wanted it to be.Because there are so many different types of sportsmen out there, and because there are a bazillion different combinations of habitats and features to a particular piece of land, I have come up with a ‘buyer’s checklist’ that I provide to a client to help me understand exactly what he/she is looking for. I can then take this information and compare it to a ‘report card’ that I have created for each real estate listing that I have.In next week’s blog, we will discuss some of the above questions on where a potential buyer should start the process of looking for his/her perfect piece of land!