Ep. 1 The Birth of a Baby👶, the Birth of a Business🌄

In this episode of Land Stories…

Your host, Dave Denniston, shares how his parent’s real estate business, his youngest daughter’s premature birth, and a passion for helping others, led to him starting his land business, Generation Family Properties.

Stick around to hear how challenging circumstances can manifest a drive and determination that leads to a business of connecting with others through land.

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Intro: welcome to the Land Stories podcast where our goal is to help everyday people like you own land. And now your host, who is an eagle scout that is horrible at tying knots, Dave Denniston.

All right hello, hello. Welcome, welcome, welcome to Land Stories live. This is the first show that we’ve ever done today and our mission here in Land Stories live is we want to help hundreds of people like you own land – maybe even thousands of people eventually. And more importantly than that, we want to tell your story, your land story. And so my friends we’re gonna be doing this on Mondays and Tuesdays around 11am central and around 4pm central on Tuesdays. And so we’re gonna try this, hopefully it goes great. We’re planning on launching a podcast. We’re gonna turn these shows into audio format as well as having exclusive just audio podcast episodes. So, we’re so glad you are with us on this journey.

And just to give you a little bit of a background, we really consider ourselves a family-run business. We are dedicated to helping you fulfill your dreams of buying land that you deserve, whether you want to hunt, whether want to camp, whether you wanna fish or off-road or spend family time together, we are in this business of trying to help you create memories for generations to come. Now, I wanna tell you a little bit of a story about why; why did we start investing in land and why do we feel this mission is so important to us? Well, I’ll tell you it all started for me back when I lived in Seattle. I’m originally from California, Alton southern California within Laguna Hills is where I went to high school. And I went up to Seattle for college and my wife and I met there.

And when I was in college, my folks had quite a bit of residential real estate, houses. And they had bought one out in Manchester, Washington which is across the bay from Seattle. And the gentleman that ended up renting the house was in the Navy and so we appreciated his service. This was back in 2002, 2002 and he got called up for the Gulf War. So, he’s gone for months and months and months at a time and we weren’t collecting rent. And he had changed some stuff in the house and we weren’t big fans of that but we wanted to support him while he was serving the country and due to some of those collection problems and issues it just really kind of burned me out on real estate. And as my wife and I got married I said, you know, it’d be kind of cool but gosh, it takes so much time.I knew the time it would take to have that kind of business. Fast-forward a few years later, my wife and I had our youngest daughter.

She was born super-duper-duper premature. She was born 12.4 ounces. She was less than a pound when she was born, our little miracle girl. And you can probably see in the background there with my family photos, my family. And the thing that really changed for me is I ended starting another podcast that actually was specific for financial freedom for doctors. If you ever wanna check it out, it’s the Freedom Formula for Physicians because of the experiences we had out in the [inaudible: 0:04:00.2] and I heard about investing in land as part of that journey of having my podcast. And I thought wow, it sounds pretty cool but man do I really wanna get back in the real estate game?

And as I started exploring it, I really found out that I had some knowledge and some skills that really just seemed to tailor well for this business. And then as we started selling our first few properties, what really made it for me was people were excited about land. And we come in often with a lot of our land and people, let’s say a property costs 5000 dollars or 10,000 dollars, a lot of people don’t have that cash but what they can do is they can put maybe a few hundred dollars down and they can make monthly payments maybe 65 dollars a month or a hundred dollars a month or 300 dollars a month on a property so that they can own it. And people are just so happy and I was getting so much in the way of great feedback that I said man, I love this. What an awesome way to help people.And so we’ve done more and more and more of it and we now have something like 40 properties in our inventory.

It’s frankly probably a little bit of addiction for me. It’s as much a hobby as it is a business so I love talking about land, I love learning about land and what you’re gonna see as we go on later today one of my team members Christie, Christie Limon, she’s from Houston originally and she is someone that has been wonderful as an addition to our team. She loves to surf and loves wildlife and we’ll talk more about Christie when she’s on and she’s gonna be featuring one of our properties out in Arizona and talking through it. And we’re gonna meet tomorrow, Mia, as part of the team. Mia is gonna talk about one of our Colorado properties and what’s happening in Colorado. And perhaps in the future we’ll meet my wife and my wife might talk about out Oregon properties she’s from the northwest and loves the northwest so you’re gonna have an opportunity to meet the whole team.

Dave [interval]: have you ever dreamed of owning land? Have you wanted a place to escape, to unwind; to relax? Well, my friends, owning land can be more than just a financial investment. Land can become a place of bonding and relaxation for your entire family and that’s why Generation Family Properties and I want to be part of making your land dreams come true. Beginning November 1st all the way through the end of the year, text freeland, that’s f-r-e-e-l-a-n-d all one word, not two words, just one word freeland to 44222. Again, text freeland to 44222. Why? Because you will be entered into a drawing to win 5 acres of land in Colorado, that’s right, 5 acres of land in Colorado completely free, no strings attached, no hidden terms, just a simple gift from us to you. Text freeland, again f-r-e-e-l-a-n-d, all one word, to 44222, between now and December 31st and you will be entered in a drawing to win and you’ll have other opportunities by doing a few more things to win as well and now back to the show.And then the other thing that I wanted to do today was to walk you through that, where do have properties, what does that look like? So, I’m gonna share my screen here.

So, this is our website, Generation Family Properties. You can go to genfamproperties.com, you can check out all of our listings if you go and you do a search here. You could look to see down payments, states, whether it’s available or sold, you can look at different sizes to create a filter to go and find our available properties. One of the properties that we have available right now we have three featured listings. These are some of our latest listings. This one right here is ten acres out in Park County. And what I love about this property is you can see it has gorgeous views, it has trees on it, you can see it has a little bit of a slope to the property and some areas you know are a little more flatter of course.

But it’s amazing to look at. You can look on our website here, you can see a video that our photographer took. You can see the taxes, we got a google map link to the property. Let’s check that out. So, you can see it’s right here. The property boundaries is something like this. We have plat maps that we can show you. So, you get onto the property here off of Koweta trail. And if I zoom out I’ll show you kind of where this is located. So, you can see there’s Agate Mountain right here. We’re surrounded by peaks and this is a bunch of mountains all around this property. So, 360 degrees worth of mountain views. There’s Pikes Peak. A little further to the east there’s Colorado Springs. If we do a directions to Colorado Springs, let’s see how far it is you’re. About two hours from Colorado Springs. The nearest city you can see there is Guffey over here, Hartsel.

We’ve owned some properties over here in Hartsel, kind of over here in Hartsel. This one’s a little further south. You can see that the national forest, Pike National Forest, is over here as it goes around you got the Sangre de Cristo Mountain range that goes here. Denver is a little further to the north up here in this particular corner. Fairplay is the county seat out of Park County. Park County looks something like this, if I was to draw a rough map. So, it’s a big chunk and you can see there is all this land here so there’s mountaining land in Park County. This one is particularly unique, you can see a lot of this county doesn’t have trees but this property does. So, it’s one of the few places where you actually do have trees on which I think makes it unique For this particular property, we are looking for, it’s one of our more expensive ones, about 30,000 dollars cash.

Which if you’re a cash buyer we are willing to negotiate some. So, send us your best offer if you might wanna buy this property in cash. Alternatively, if you wanna do owner financing, we’re looking for less than 10% down; just 2200 dollars to get started of which 249 dollars of document fee and then 2000 dollars of equity and then we’re looking for about 500 bucks a month and these are minimums. If you can do more, you can actually save yourself some time and money. So, we’ll talk about owner financing in another future episode of this live show. You can see here down at the bottom we always have some great property details like that’s a subdivision, what’s the size, what’s the pricing, what’s the parcel numbers? In this case, this is actually two separate parcel numbers.

Also, we have the legal description we have the google map link down here, the latitude, longitude of each of the four corners. So, this is the northwest corner, the northeast corner, the southwest corner, the southeast corner of the property. We got the taxes, the zoning, which one of the cool things about Park County is you actually can build a tiny home so 200 square feet is the minimum. People often ask about the mobile tiny homes; those you can’t do here, you actually have to set a foundation for your tiny home but the good news is you can do it. So, definitely this is a great property to check out. Some other cool resources that we have is we have some blogs and so if you look at our blog tab here you’ll see how to buy land seven essential tips. So, we have seven essential tips on how to buy land.We have one here that Christie published on fishing in Klamath County. We have another one that Christie wrote here in June on top three things to do in Park County.

So, if you’re interested in Park County, definitely check out this blog post that Christie wrote. There is some really cool stuff in here. She highlights three of these places which I thought would be fun to take a look at. This is Kenosha Pass. If you ever have the chance to drive from Denver 285 you can see meets about right here by I-70 in Denver. This is a beautiful drive and 285 has this gorgeous pass as you come out into Jefferson so definitely make sure to check that out – Kenosha Pass. The national forest, Pike National Forest we talked about. Another really cool location that Christie highlighted on the blog is Montgomery Reserve, see this beautiful waterfall. You’re up in the mountains here; this is northwest of Fairplay.

So, our property we were talking about is down south here, south of Hartsel. So, the reservoir’s there, national forest here, what we were just talking about, Kenosha Pass, is up here. So, all of those things are close. You can see there’s lots of lakes and fishing spots which we will feature in a future podcast and our live show. And so my friends, that wraps up the episode for right now. We are going to be talking more about the Arizona properties. I’ll introduce you to Christie just in a little bit, later today. So, thank you so much for tuning in. We appreciate you and we hope one day to tell your land story. Thanks so much, bye-bye.

Alright my friends. Well, that wraps up the episode for today. And just remember, it’s just for through the end of December. We would love to give you the opportunity to win 5 acres, 5 acres in Colorado, no strings attached. You can enter completely free as a gift from us to you. Make sure to text freeland, f-r-e-e-l-a-n-d to 44222. Again, text freeland, all one word, to 44222 and we will get y’all entered into the drawing to win 5 acres. All right my friends, we’ll talk to you later. Have a good one, bye-bye.