Above and Beyond, Half a Million Beyond

Real Estate Agent with Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities #1 in Forest Land Mgmt

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Our friend Jared asked  me to tell about a time when we have gone above and beyond this month

At first I was at a loss, wondering if I should tell about some of the renters that we have gone far beyond what should be required by a landlord, sometimes willingly and sometimes against our will.

But then I thought it may be better to tell one of our many Forestry stories, the story of Frank T, from Polk County Wisconsin.

 Frank called me and asked for some advice in selling his timber.

  A logger had approached him and offered him $5000 for a "selective thinning" of his forest, cutting everything with a 10 inch stump or larger, and he was concerned about how this would look.


 foresters in Wisconsin  And he should have been concerned, because what this logger was proposing was not a selective thinning, but rather a severe high-grade, and nearly a clearcut.  This would have destroyed his forest, leaving only the very poorest quality stunted trees to regenerate his future forest.

  I walked through the forest and quickly determined that we could get the landowner far more money and only remove the poorest quality trees, leaving the best quality trees to regenerate where these poor quality trees were removed.

   We went on to remove 30 percent of the trees in his forest, taking care to maintain proper spacing and only remove poor quality trees along with trees that were at risk of dying in the next 10 years.

This left him with a forest where you could hardly tell that anything had been removed, and the most valuable trees were still in the forest, left to grow and regenerate the forest for the future.

   This allowed the existing trees to have a bit more growing room and allowed a few areas where enough sunlight could reach the forest floor and allow for future trees to take root (these came from the seeds of the superior trees that we left standing). polk timber sale comparison

 And after doing the opposite of what this logger did, and leaving Frank with a significantly improved forest rather than a high graded ruined patch of brush land.  We gained Frank $51000 for his timber, plus the added forest value, all at a cost of $3400 for our expenses.

I am not sure if we went above and beyond, compared to our normal projects this was about what is expected, but for Frank it certainly was above and beyond, about a half a million dollars beyond what he expected.




Wisconsin forests When dealing with your valuable assets, don’t skimp on the professionals whether it be a Real Estate Agent, Architect, Attorney, or a Forester.  


 A good professional is always money well invested!


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Sussie Sutton
David Tracy Real Estate - Houston, TX
David Tracy Real Estate for Buyers & Sellers

Thank you for going above and beyond where trees are concerned. I love trees and hate it when stupid people come in and tear the whole place up for what ever reason they may have.

Oct 31, 2014 03:04 PM #1
Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®
RE/MAX Realty Center - Waukesha, WI
Giving Back With Each Home Sold!

Bob, I always learn so much from your posts and this one is no exception!

Nov 01, 2014 12:37 AM #2
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

This is a wonderful story to share. Many land owners should be seeking professional advice.

Nov 01, 2014 02:24 AM #3
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA - Bristow, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

This post alone gave me a much better understanding of what it is you do.  Great job!

Nov 01, 2014 12:44 PM #4
Tom Braatz Waukesha County Real Estate 262-377-1459
Coldwell Banker - Oconomowoc, WI
Waukesha County Realtor Real Estate agent. SOLD!

Bob Crane

You are a very deep thinker. I admire your attitude

Nov 01, 2014 01:51 PM #5
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

Good morning, Bob.... I just came from Roy's reblog....what a nice story and you certainly did go above and beyond....what you did was a sign of caring!!

Nov 01, 2014 07:08 PM #6
Jeff Pearl
RE/MAX Distinctive / LIC in VA - Lovettsville, VA
Full Service Full Time Realtor

I agree, as you demonstrated. It pays to use professionals. When I timbered so land a few years back, it was annoying to listen to loggers tell me how they would do the job even though I already had a plan created by our Forestry Dept on how they wanted the job done because out land bordered State parkland.

Nov 01, 2014 07:34 PM #7
Claude Labbe
Real Living | At Home - Washington, DC
Realty for Your Busy Life

Once I step outside of my sphere of knowledge, things can be so different that I would have expected. I gotta believe the client was very happy he'd reached out to Bob just for a "waddya think?"

Nov 02, 2014 01:48 PM #8
Amanda Christiansen
Christiansen Group Realty (260)704-0843 - Fort Wayne, IN
Christiansen Group Realty

I'm sure Frank more than appreciated your efforts here, Bob.  Thanks for the entry and continued success!  

Nov 03, 2014 10:11 PM #9
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