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Fay Ranches Hires Jerry Hicks to Nationally Recognized Brokerage Team

Jerry Hicks - Central Oregon Ranch Broker AssociateBOZEMAN, Mont. (March 28, 2013) – Fay Ranches is excited to announce that Jerry Hicks is joining its Prineville, Ore. office as a ranch broker associate, effective today. Hicks’ extensive knowledge of the ranch market and connections to local buyers and sellers makes him a natural fit for Fay Ranches. He will be essential in solidifying the firm’s growing presence in Oregon.

“Jerry will be integral in pushing us forward,” says Fay Ranches founder Greg Fay, whose firm had a record year in 2012. “We see Oregon as the new frontier and we’re looking forward to having Jerry guide our operations there.”

Successful 2012 Indicates Rising Interest in Land Investment

Interest in land and ranch real estate as an alternative investment has steadily increased in recent years. The average number of deeded acres sold in Montana in the last three years is more than triple than the previous three years' number. Fay Ranches had a record-breaking year, and will be pursuing opportunities to expand both internationally and domestically in 2013. Read more about land investment in the full press release. 

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Ten Cattle Ranches for Sale

Purchasing an agricultural property or cattle ranch can be one of the most rewarding decisions you will ever make. Not only do they have the potential to generate income, but some even offer recreational value. The following ten properties all have the common trait of being productive cattle operations, but most are also sporting properties, with fly fishing potential and populations of game, waterfowl, and upland birds.

Livingston Montana Cattle Ranch for Sale

Dome Mountain Ranch
Paradise Valley, MT - $25,000,000

New Bozeman Montana Properties for Sale

Bozeman, Montana is a vibrant outdoor community, a university town surrounded by mountains and rivers. The following Bozeman Montana properties for sale are some of our newest listings, and an excellent representation of the finest recreational land the area has to offer. Both are located close to Bozeman, yet they offer excellent hunting, views of several nearby peaks, and excellent privacy.

Fisherwomen Have More Allure

Woman Fly fishing in Naples Florida"The wonderful warm and inviting Florida sun may warm our skin but Montana will always keep our hearts warm."

The Ladies at Fay Ranches jumped ship this winter to enjoy the warm Florida sun. Of course, you can't have a Fay crew go anywhere without spending the day fishing. We cruised the Gulf with our wonderful fishing guide, Capt. Joey D. We soon realized the Jack fish had us outnumbered but we were able to snag some impressive red snappers, sheepheads, spotted sea trout and of course a few pieces of coral. With mimosas in hand, we finished our fishing exertion watching the sunset on the beautiful beaches in Naples.

Northwestern Crop Update : Impacts on the Farm and Ranch Market

Real estate with agricultural potential, such as the Little Valley Ranch in Montana, continues to be a wise investment.

If you currently own a ranch with significant hay or grain production, then you have reason to be optimistic about profitability in 2013. If you are hoping to purchase a production ranch in 2013, you can expect limited availability as recent profitability and positive near-term projections are limiting the supply of land for sale.

An Optimistic Ranch Real Estate Market?

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.

Land Finite, Demand Increasing: Annual Letter to Landowners Covers Recent Trends

The Boyce family goes horseback riding on their family ranch in Lewistown, Montana

Dear Landowner,

As we’ve turned the chapter on another year, we reflect on what a ride it’s been with a feeling of optimism that the market has leveled out. I'm happy to report that 2012 was Fay Ranches’ best year yet; gross sales reflected a 16 percent gain over our previous best year in 2007.

Property vs. Recreational Property: What is the Difference?

There is property and then there is recreational property.

Do you own a secluded piece of land that has been in the family for generations but you are uncertain of how to realize its value or potential? You are not alone - a lot of families have property handed down from generation to generation, and the vision once held by a previous family member may have changed. Unlike that time share you never use, the value of your land withstands the test of time, and the acquisition’s original potential may still be brought to fruition.

A Summary of the 2012 American Taxpayer Relief Act

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.


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