Perched in Paradise Valley, the DePuy's Spring Creek was the perfect place to have our annual Fay Ranches Retreat. No wind and a day off with great friends are two things that never seem to link up in Livingston. However, last Friday all signs pointed to FISH! We also had a little photo contest, and have posted most of the pictures below. You can find the full gallery on our Fay Ranches Retreat Board at Pinterest.
With many things in the financial sector and federal government looking uncertain, one thing remains true: “Real estate is and always will be a quality long term investment”. Many ranch brokerage companies have reported record sales for 2012, supporting what appears to be a strengthening real estate market and an inviting time to invest. Interest rates are at all-time lows, and memories of the stock market's crash are still at the forefront of everyone’s minds, causing many buyer/investors to take advantage of a great buying opportunity, choosing to invest in farm and ranch real estate.
The “Fiscal Cliff” was avoided by the passage of the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 on January 2, 2013. Many provisions within this bill provide relief to American taxpayers (individuals and business) starting with the 2012 tax year. Below is a summary of several of the key provisions in this bill. Please consult with your tax preparer as soon as possible to determine which of these provisions will affect or benefit you.
Tax Rate Increases for Higher Income Taxpayers For tax years beginning after 2012, the income tax rates for most individuals will stay at 10%, 15%, 25%, 28%, 33% and 35%. However, a 39.6% rate applying for income above $450,000 for joint filers and surviving spouses; $425,000 for heads of household; $400,000 for single filers; and $225,000.
The American dream....Freedom, space, and a connection with the land. Ranch life taps into our core values as Americans. Owning land has emerged as an alternative investment for those with the available finances, making a land investment profitable for generations. Below are five of Fay Ranches' mountain properties for sale in the west that represent this American dream.
With the year coming to a close, we would like to take a look back at some of the best Farm, Land and Ranch Blog Posts of 2012. We covered a wide range of topics, and various states. We selected these based on which posts received the most feedback, visits and those that were our favorites. Here are just a few:
Fay Ranches is proud to be the premiere sponsor of the 2012 Land Report 100, which was just released today. The Land Report 100 profiles the 100 biggest landowners in the country, and is produced by Fay Ranches' good friends Eddie Lee Rider and Eric O'Keefe.
The Land Report 100 reaffirms that land is a valuable asset, one with an appreciable quality that makes it particularly attractive to seasoned buyers and investors. One of the key points explored in the 2012 issue of The Land Report 100 is the significant increase in the appreciable nature of land for sale over the last few years. You can view the press release and download the Land Report 100 here, or by clicking below.
Fay Ranches is very proud to sponsor this special issue of the The Land Report 100, featuring the 100 biggest landowners in the country, and produced by our good friends Eddie Lee Rider and Eric O'Keefe.
The latest issue of the Land Report will be released on October 4, and we couldn't be more excited. We are offering an exclusive download of the top 100 landowners free of charge to all Fay Ranches Blog Readers
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The uncertainties regarding two potential tax increases, the expiration of the “Bush Tax Cuts” and the new “Health Care Tax," make a 2012 closing on a ranch attractive for many sellers. That uncertainty spells opportunity for savvy buyers, who are finding that they may make a better deal by acting now instead of waiting to make a purchase.
Most ranch sellers have owned their property for over a decade and some considerably longer and anticipate a significant gain upon sale. Many of those sellers have reduced the price of their ranch to encourage offers this fall. These are not heavily leveraged sellers that must sell. They are simply doing the math and recognize that they may be better off selling by year end.
For those less motivated, they have gone the other direction and plan to sit on their property if it doesn’t sell this year and wait until the market rebounds. This attitude could result in reduced inventories of properties in 2013.
Where will the new generation of wealthy investors, developers, recreationalists and land barons come from? Will they come from Wall Street? Maybe a few, but with world politics, economics, and strife, it is not the ready source it once was. Existing developers and speculators? Perhaps. Possibly a handful of land investors making long-term plays, but in this time of economic uncertainty, this class of buyer has also shrunk.
Purchasing a horse property for sale is a large and very rewarding life decision, which is why we've decided to showcase some of our finest horse ranches for sale here. From competition-size arenas to heated stalls, from horse and hay barns with their own guest houses to luxuriously-appointed custom-built homes overlooking some of the finest grazing and pasture land in the west, there is at least one property here to suit everyone's needs.