Buying or selling land can be a complicated business, and prospective buyers and sellers must be sure they have a qualified land agent who not only has their best interests in mind but also the knowledge and experience to make it happen.  Most real estate agents are trained as residential agents. The rest are commercial but not specific to land. As a result, many agents may not be prepared for the complexity that a land transaction brings with it, lacking the specialized expertise that is required for such a transaction.  In fact, many people (agents and customers alike) see land as being a simple transaction. They may think that if there’s no house, then there are no inspections, no repairs, and nothing to worry about so it should be easy and fast — what could possibly go wrong?  Unfortunately, many things can go wrong. An agent who is not knowledgeable of those possibilities is at a disadvantage!

A prospective buyer needs to understand the basics of water wells or septic systems, or that electricity isn’t just automatically available anywhere and everywhere on demand. Mineral rights issues, existing hunting leases, and easements must also be considered, as well as countless other complexities unique to the land like soil types. Find the agent who has a large network and isn’t afraid to consult others for opinions and seek help. Ask to see a track record of successfully completed land transactions.


What Qualifications Does An Accredited Land Consultant Have?

An Accredited Land Consultant (ALC) is certified by the REALTORS® Land Institute, an affiliate of the National Association of REALTORS®, as part of an elite group of the most accomplished, most experienced, and highest performing land real estate experts across the country. There are only about 500 in the US.

ALCs are required to complete 104 ALC Credit Hours of LANDU Education courses. RLI’s Land University (LANDU) is an unparalleled land real estate education program that offers top-notch educational courses and webinars for land professionals. Land is a unique real estate specialty that requires the kind of specialized professional education which can only be found at LANDU.

The ALC Designation is a sign of integrity, expertise, and experience as a land real estate professional. ALCs are required to show a proven track record of success in the field by meeting strict volume requirements that ensure an agent is experienced in land transactions.

Suzy Haslup was a recipient of the 2nd Annual APEX Award sponsored by The Land Report. The APEX Awards is a national production awards program that recognizes excellence and performance of RLI members. The general scope is to provide annual recognition for Top Producers in their categories and specialties.

Contact Suzy Haslup, Accredited Land Consultant, Today!

Do you have questions about buying or selling land or a farm in Aiken? Contact Suzy by phone at 803-215-0153 or via email at With years of Aiken real estate experience, she would love to share her local knowledge and help answer any questions you may have. To learn more about Aiken, SC, horse properties, sign up for automatic emails or browse through available listings. Your dream property awaits!