October 26, 2018 – It officially feels like fall in North Texas, and we are looking forward to all the various family-friendly activities around us! While hunting ranks high on our list of favorite pastimes, we also can’t wait to find that perfect pumpkin patch and start some autumn baking! That, of course, will be followed by the annual sport of trick-or-treating. Even though a few more precautions need to be taken these days, there is no reason that acquiring candy can’t be as fun for the kids today as it has been in the past. The American Academy of Pediatrics has given out a few guidelines listed here to help your little ones enjoy a night of safe trick-or-treating. Corn mazes, pumpkin patches, and local “Trunk or Treats” also offer a great day of fun activities for you and your family. You can find here a list of the 2018 locations near you. We at JLH hope you are enjoying this lovely autumn season!
” If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door.”
October 1, 2018 – After unsuccessfully attempting to sell their estate in 2016, along with doubts of achieving anything even close to their asking price of $1,375,000, the Burlingame Family turned to JLH.
When the Burlingame Family approached our company, JOHNSON LAND & HOME, LLC FARM AND RANCH GROUP to sell their beautiful home in Sherman, we committed to NOT roll out the offering until it was properly staged and 100% ready to sell. We went to work.
Staging- The JLH Crew, Laurie, Eliana, Eden, Rebekah, Annabeth and William Johnson, all contributed to the effort in removing excess items from the Colonial style home. This included personal items, animal heads, and religious symbols, creating a “neutral atmosphere”, where potential buyers could envision themselves in the home. It can sometimes be challenging for a family to put their trust in a realtor to accomplish this extremely important task, and most realtors won’t suggest staging a client’s home. In this particular case, JLH was able to save the Burlingame Family upwards of $13,000 by staging the home ourselves, as opposed to hiring an independent stager. The Burlingame Family were very accommodating in allowing us to “take the reins” and get their home ready to sell.
Photography– JLH utilizes who we think is one of the best photographers in the industry, Ken Vaughn. Ken was able to capture everything the home had to offer, from the interior decorating, to the landscaping outside, to the exceptional gardens. Ken even grabbed an image of Rebekah and Annabeth Johnson paddling their kayaks across the offering’s lake.
Inspection– We at JLH believe that pre-inspecting the home cuts down on closing time, and more importantly, gives the prospective buyer a sense of calm as the decision to purchase or not purchase plays out. We always encourage a buyer to have the home inspected by their own people as well.
When preparation and opportunity come together– Once the Burlingame home was staged, photographed, and ready to show, JLH stepped back and let the magic happen. The first showing brought an offer. The second showing brought an offer that the family accepted and after a 15-day option period, we closed.
We’d like to thank Bob and Lisa Burlingame for giving us the opportunity to market this extraordinary offering. It was a privilege and an honor.
President/CEO of Johnson Land & Home, LLC Farm and Ranch Group
September 22, 2018 – As October approaches, our thoughts naturally drift off to fall colors, pumpkins on the porch, spicy apple-cinnamon smells… but we can’t forget one of the best autumn celebrations- Oktoberfest. Fortunately, we at JOHNSON LAND & HOME are close enough to experience it nearby in Muenster, Texas! On October 6th and 7th, you can go enjoy all this small town has to offer, including traditional delicacies and games. One game played is the Bavarian contest known as Masskrugstemmen, where players test their endurance by holding out a five pound, beer-filled stein, for as long as they can without spilling. There are also several different races, food vendors and great polkas going on throughout the weekend. Check out all the details about this historical event in Muenster here.
September 4, 2018 – Are you clearing land or working on a lake project? President/CEO of JOHNSON LAND & HOME Brad Johnson explains one of his favorite methods of readying a property for such an endeavor. “After the heavy equipment pulls out, one of the most effective and economical ways to smooth ground quickly is with a drag. A basic drag is a frugal alternative to a multifaceted flexible drag with detachable components, and can be as simple as a surplus chunk of I-beam, pipe, railroad tie or timber lying around the ranch. Widths can vary from eight feet to sixteen feet, depending on your tractor’s horsepower. On our ranches, providing that the conditions aren’t too wet or rough, we will even break out the ranch pickup to pull the drag. Whatever drag you choose, it needs to be virtually indestructible. The drag needs to be heavy enough that when you pull, it smooths the ground instead of just riding over the top of it.”
“We also find dragging our grazing pastures, as well as our hay fields in the early spring and periodically throughout the year, can serve to spread manure, loosen the soil, and stimulate growth. Always remember too, one great by-product of spending up-close time on the land is a better awareness of your soil, fencing, livestock and wildlife, and their health.”
August 28, 2018 – One of the best times of year is almost upon us! On September 1st, dove season opens for the northern zone of Texas, and statewide for both Colorado and New Mexico. As with all hunting, make sure you check all regulations and legal requirements before embarking on your quest. Bag limits, protected species of dove, and a small game license should also be on your list to look over. It wouldn’t hurt to have a few good dove recipes ready and waiting on your kitchen counter too. Check out these links for hunting tips and some state regulations. Happy Hunting!
August 10, 2018 – It’s a busy time here for Johnson Land & Home. Construction is underway on one of our newest listings, Crooked Oak Ranch. Located in Montague County, Texas, this property is getting a facelift! The improvements include: adding three lakes, removing brush, and installing all brand new fencing, helping to make this undeveloped 54 acres the perfect blank canvas to construct your dream home in the country. Oats were sown last fall, adding to the productivity of this diverse property. We are so excited for this listing and can’t wait for the finished product. Stay tuned!
July 26, 2018 – If you live in North Texas, you are probably noticing the poor air quality. The dust from the Sahara desert has made yet another journey across the Atlantic Ocean and will continue to stick around for a while longer this summer. The good news is that the dust cloud is thought to help prevent the formation of hurricanes. However, with the extreme heat and heavier allergen levels in the air, it might be best to find a nice cool place to wait out the rest of the summer. JOHNSON LAND & HOME is here to help you find that “Home Away From Home”, just give us a call. Click here for the full article on the Saharan dust from the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.
July 13, 2018 – If you are looking for a great fishing destination this summer, try New Mexico. According to a recent press release from the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish, the fishing should be excellent this year. Certain lakes are being stocked more frequently, due to national forest closures. The fish that were set to stock the closed forest areas are now being sent to the San Juan River and Eagle Nest Lake, to name a few. Go to the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish website to see a list of the locations that are being stocked weekly, and be sure to grab a fishing license on your way out the door. For the full article, click here.
June 28, 2018 – Where are you heading for the Fourth of July? We at Johnson Land and Home are looking forward to the Star Spangled Spectacular in Saint Jo, Texas. This small town celebrates Independence Day right, from a 5K in the morning to fireworks in the evening, with many great activities throughout the day. For a full schedule of the day, check out the Saint Jo Chamber of Commerce. We hope to see you there, and God Bless America!
June 28, 2018 – On July 24, the New Mexico State Game and Fish Commission will make their final decision to choose their new director. Five candidates have been named after the initial application process which began April 1st and closed June 1st. All applicants are amply qualified and will be interviewed in Albuquerque at the end of June. Click here for the full press release from New Mexico Department of Game and Fish.