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The Value Investment Difference of a Sporting Property

By Clayton C. Jeffords, Broker, Fay Ranches People think of many things when it comes to investing in land. Recreation, investment, privacy, safety, cattle, farms, timber, mountains, and water features, to name a few. While many of these investments have assets such as leases, timber, crop, or livestock that can add value, the property’s recreational […]


Fay Ranches, A Ranch Brokerage with a Rodeo Problem

Rodeo is a Spanish term meaning gathering place of cattle; a roundup. Its roots go as far back as the sixteenth century when the Spanish conquistadors and Spanish-Mexicans introduced and propagated horses and cattle to the American Southwest. By the early 1700s, ranching had made its way into Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona. Native Mexican cowboys, Vaqueros—Spanish word vaca meaning cow—were hired by ranchers to raise cattle and other livestock. By the late […]


Fay Ranches Sponsors the Inaugural Yellowstone Riggin Rally, Darby, MT

The Steiner Rodeo Family from Texas, Taylor Sheridan, and Bosque Ranch Productions brought the debut of the Yellowstone Riggin’ Rally to Darby, MT. The Rally hosted the top 24 Bareback Riders from the PRCA, a $30,000 purse, and nearly 2,000 fans. In attendance were the cast members of the Taylor Sheridan and Bosque Ranch Productions […]


Fay Ranches Sponsors Wyoming’s Cowboy: Cole Reiner, Bareback “Rookie of the Year”

Cole Reiner is sponsored by Fay Ranches Ranch Sales Agents: Neil Bangs, Kevin Stowe, Cheryl Summer, Mike Konstant, Kebi Smith, RJ Patterson, Dixie Barry, Alex Robertson, John Anderson, Scott Hawes, A note from Cole Reiner   Growing up on our family ranch just outside Buffalo, Wyoming, I’ve always been involved in the western way of […]


Fay Ranches Sponsors Lisa Lockhart at the NFR, American Barrel Racer

Lisa Lockhart is sponsored by Fay Ranches Sales Agents: Kebi Smith, Neil Bangs, Kevin Stowe, Cheryl Summer, Mike Konstant, RJ Patterson, John Anderson, Kimberly Lowry, Dixie Barry As a native of Montana being raised on a farm/ranch, the western lifestyle of being dependent upon the land and caring for animals is a value that was ingrained […]


WYOMING’S SPLIT ESTATE

By Neil Bangs, Associate Broker, Fay Ranches, Licenced in Wyoming One of the most frequently asked questions regarding ranch sales in Wyoming is, who owns the mineral rights? And what rights do they have? In many states, the owners of the land are not necessarily the owners of the mineral estate. Wyoming is such a […]


Pioneering Washington’s Wine Region

By Michelle Burbidge, Fay Ranches Agent, Licensed in Washington Washington is quickly becoming a mecca for grape growers and wineries. The same breathtaking landscape that first drew pioneers westward over 200 years ago now attracts a new kind of pioneer, those searching for a rich and diverse grape growing region. Just 20 years ago, Washington […]


Teaching Our Daughters to Hunt

By Jeff Boswell, Partner/Broker Associate at Republic Ranches  Recently one of my three daughters came to me and told me how lucky I was that I never had a boy, so all of my girls learned to hunt and fish. I do not know if that is true, but they have all been thoroughly introduced […]


Strategies to Owning a Ranch from Afar: Absentee Ownership Should Not Be Overwhelming

By Ryan Bramlette, Fay Ranches Sales Agent, Licensed in Montana   “A buyer needs to understand their goals and make a plan. Don’t go into it lost; know what you want and make it fun.” –Dan Durham, Co-Owner of Ranches Resources   Many of our clients at Fay Ranches are absentee buyers looking to satisfy […]


Raising Cattle and Kids

By Kimberly Lowry, Ranch Sales, Fay Ranches For my family, raising kids and cattle go hand in hand. My kids were born on a cattle ranch surrounded by livestock and were wheeled out amongst the cows during calving in baby joggers before they could walk by my side to check on the herd. Raising kids […]


Purchasing a Ranch in New Mexico

By Rik Thompson, Broker Associate, Republic Ranches, LLC  You’ve worked hard, perhaps built a business, and been diligent about saving and investing your money for years. Maybe you are very fortunate and have benefited from an inheritance or some other type of windfall. However you got there, now you are at the point where you […]


Forestlands: The Ultimate ESG investment

By Troy Dana, Fay Ranches Broker, Licensed in Washington ESG (environmental, social, and governance) is a general term used in capital markets and by investors to evaluate corporate behavior to determine the future financial performance/benefit of investing in new companies and innovations. ESG is the new standard by which corporations, non-profits, and start-ups stand out […]


The Dream of Owning Land for First-Time Buyers

By Mitchell Eads, Republic Ranches Sales Associate Have you dreamed of owning rural land, a place to conserve, cultivate, and enjoy? Whether a childhood dream, a recent aspiration, or if you are a savvy investor that wants to capitalize on the enjoyment and pride dividend that comes with owning a hard asset like land, the […]


Seven Simple Mistakes to Avoid When Planting a Food Plot

By Tallon Martin, Broker Associate Food plots are a great way to add diversity to your property and provide food all season long for wildlife. Once you know the basics and how to avoid simple mistakes, they are excellent management tools. If you want good results, you need to slow down and understand your land […]


Will 2020 Foreshadow a Boon in Rural Land Sales?

By Greg Fay, Founder/Broker, Fay Ranches and Jeff Boswell of Republic Ranches Virus-related lockdowns, economic devastation, prolific government spending, and social unrest have ushered in the new decade. Significant changes are happening at lightning speed, and trying to make sense of how this all ends is difficult and so far a bit counterintuitive. For families across […]


Applying For A Non-Resident Elk License | Montana

By Ryan Bramlette, Ranch Sales, Licensed in Montana While quietly navigating the trails of Dancing Bear Ranch on a recent summer evening, a client and I came around a corner to see 3 mature Bull Elk proudly flaunting their velvet-covered antlers.  That encounter got us talking about the hunting of course, and triggered a conversation […]


Enjoy Both Seclusion and Accessibility | New Mexico and Colorado

By Jim Vidamour, Fay Ranches Principal Broker, Licensed in New Mexico and Colorado It is hard to deny that the recent pandemic has accelerated a trend that began a few years ago.  The desire to own a refuge away from urban population density has intensified and is readily apparent in the sharp increase in ranch […]


The Methow Valley, Washington’s Recreation Destination

Details courtesy of The Cascade Loop  Extending from Pateros to the crest of the North Cascades, the Methow Valley is Washington state’s eclectic mix of Wild West and thriving arts culture, and home to a whole lot of lodging and activities. Dedicated fishermen from around the world come to Pateros at the confluence of the […]


Regional Feature | Madison Valley, Montana | Small Towns With Rural Values

Lewis and Clark crossed this scenic valley of majestic mountain ranges and the fabled Madison River in 1805, but not until 1864, shortly after gold was first discovered in the valley, did Madison County become part of Montana Territory. Soon after, ranchers, farmers, and businessmen flocked to the area.  There were three major stage lines […]


The Recreational Land Investment

While many investors choose to invest in ranches or unimproved ground, it is usually done based on the potential return on investment, whether it be a short term profit or a long term goal. Typically, these properties are purchased and operated on a commercial level for cattle, sheep, farming, etc. One of the newer and […]


Rocky Mountain Runoff, What You Should Know

Provided by the team at Yellow Dog Flyfishing Adventures As springtime arrives in the Western United States, trout come to life in search of food. Some of the season’s best fishing conditions can be in late spring and early summer, but with high water and runoff, anglers are faced with a unique set of challenges. […]