The Farm, Land & Ranch Blog

How to Buy a Ranch, pt. 1: Set Goals and Do Your Research

So, you’re thinking about buying a ranch? There are a few steps to keep in mind as you embark on this adventure—but let me back up a bit. I’ve been brokering ranchland since 1986 and founded Fay Ranches in 1992. In the beginning, Fay Ranches was the first brokerage company to focus on selling fly fishing ranches. Since then, we have grown and expanded into other segments of the land arena, including productive farms, ranches, timber, and plantations—and we now work coast-to-coast in the United States.

Savvy Investors Look to Cattle Ranches

Buying a ranch is often the culmination of a lifelong dream for many of our clients. Carving out time to revel in the peace and solitude of sprawling acreage, as well as owning a unique place where unique memories are created in the outdoors are some of the top reasons that our clients come to us to connect them with the perfect ranch.

Introducing Land Investor Magazine

Fay Ranches and Republic Ranches are pleased to present to our valued clients and friends a complimentary subscription to Land Investor magazine. This beautiful publication features helpful articles on managing your land, how to buy a ranch, investing in timber, ranch life, and more. The magazine also features the exclusive listings from both of these powerhouse land brokerage companies.

A Great Day of Dry Fly Fishing on the Burnt Leather Ranch

I headed up to the Burnt Leather Ranch in Montana last week with a couple friends/clients to fish the two miles of private water on the ranch. As usual we didn’t see another person, just wildlife. The weather was gorgeous, bright sunshine with temperatures in the low 80’s. As we were rigging up we noticed all the spruce moths congregated on the sandy banks and fluttering over the water. We put on stimulators and similar patterns to imitate the spruce moths.

NRCS Making $235 Million Available for Innovative New Conservation Partnerships

Bozeman, Mont., May 4, 2015—The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service is making $235 million available through the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) to improve the nation’s water quality, combat drought, enhance soil health, support wildlife habitat and protect agricultural viability. Pre-proposals are due July 8, 2015.

Investing in Timber

Veteran Land Broker Dick Ludington joined Fay Ranches in 2014, bringing his over 37 years of experience in timberland, conservation and recreational land transaction experience for public and private agencies to our team. Dick Ludington’s career in timberland investments started in 1977 subsequent to a large purchase in Georgia. His experience in timberland investment has involved the buying and selling of millions of acres from California to Panama.

Hug a Sportsman - It's Earth Day

Hug a Sportsman - It’s Earth Day

Internationally recognized “Earth Day” celebrated every April around the globe, arose from the environmental movement of the 1970’s. But from an outdoorsman and sportsman’s perspective, the conservation movement in the U.S. had already been well afoot nearly 100 years earlier in the late 1800’s and into the early 1900’s, championed by outdoorsmen and naturalists such as Theodore Roosevelt.


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