About Us : The Story & People
It began March 2004. We were between a dot com bust and a real estate bubble. Ryan Folk, LANDFLIP's Founder, decided to change careers and get his Georgia real estate license after a successful career in software sales and consulting for many of the Fortune 2000. He got his license in under a month with the goal of selling land and helping a regional land brokerage liquidate several large tracts of timberland managed by a pension fund. On the same day he received his license, he got his first listing - 134 acres of hunting land in Georgia. After driving home from the first listing appointment, he asked himself, "How am I going to market and sell my first listing?" Over the next month, he burned the candle at both ends developing and launching LANDFLIP.com as an alternative to traditional print media. It became his main marketing channel for listing and selling over $30 million in land transactions.
Over the next three years, LANDFLIP's traffic grew quickly and was the primary lead source for Ryan. During that time he met Georgia land broker, Tate Reddick. Tate and Ryan partnered to create their first land investment consulting firm, LANDFLIP Investments, and sold over $100 million in land sales from LANDFLIP.com. LANDFLIP Investments would later be renamed 1031 Land Group and separated from LANDFLIP. In 2007, the country was on the verge of a recession and real estate market collapse. Ryan and Tate decided to depart the land sales business and transition LANDFLIP into one of the first online land listing sites for land brokers, agents, auctioneers, and owners. That decision turned out to be a critical turning point.
From 2007 to today, LANDFLIP has grown into one of the most popular land marketing platforms. LANDFLIP’s companion site, LANDTHINK.com, was created in 2008 to provide land investing knowledge, ideas, and advice for land professionals and investors to create a stronger land marketplace. In 2010 and 2011, the LANDTHINK Summit was hosted in Atlanta and brought together more than 250 land professionals from across the country. From 2010 to 2012, additional category sites were born: FARMFLIP.com, RANCHFLIP.com, and LOTFLIP.com. In 2017, the LANDFLIP family of sites was relaunched as the "LANDFLIP NETWORK" with the addition of AUCTIONFLIP.com and COMMERCIALFLIP.com. The LANDFLIP NETWORK was created and is managed by former land brokers and boasts one of the largest sources of land listings, land buyers, and land professionals from across the nation. We remain a small private company with a unique culture, a customer focused value proposition, and a desire for perfection in everything we do.