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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. […]


Great American Outdoors Act

By Alex Lovett-Woodsum, Fay Ranches Editor Image provided by Bonefish and Tarpon Trust On Tuesday, August 4th, President Trump signed landmark conservation legislation into law, declaring the Great American Outdoors Act, “…a very big deal. From an environmental standpoint — and just a beauty of our country standpoint — there hasn’t been anything like this […]


Timber In The Pacific Northwest

A video blog by Troy Dana-Designated Broker, Paul Valentine-Managing Broker, and Bryon Clarke-Broker, Fay Ranches Washington Agents. If you have ever given some thought to investing in timberlands, this video offers a brief summary of what to look for in a top-notch tree farm in the Pacific Northwest. Timberland investments offer more than economic returns, […]


Is Land the Great Insulator? | Interview with Eric O’Keefe and Greg Fay

An interview with Eric O’Keefe, Editor of The Land Report, and Greg Fay, Fay Ranches Founder Q: Regarding COVID-19, what do you see as the most impactful effect on the land industry? Eric O’Keefe: The importance of the keyword ‘home’ has been validated. Folks that thought about buying, but never pulled the trigger are now […]


More Than Just Horse Business, Black Rock Ranch

“Waking up in the morning to the smell of fresh pine and in the evening seeing some of the most beautiful sunsets. There is nothing else that can ever replace the special place that Black Rock Ranch is to me and my family.” -Owner of Black Rock Ranch.  One day on this ranch, and we […]


Big Sky Virtual Town Hall | Fay Ranches’ Update on the Land Market

  Fay Ranches Inc. represented the ranch brokerage and real estate industry on the May 4th, 2020 Big Sky Town Hall. Panelists included:Ryan Kunz (General Manager, Lone Mountain Ranch) Quin McNamara (General Manager, Hungry Moose Market and Deli) Andrew Robin (Marketing Manager, Hungry Moose Market and Deli) Greg Fay (Land Broker and Founder, Fay Ranches) […]


Investment | Income Producing Ranches and Farms

By Andrew Coulter, originally published in August 2017.  Since the Great Recession and the advent of near-zero interest rates—and especially with the upheavals in securities markets wrought by the coronavirus pandemic—we encounter more and more buyers who are looking for income-producing ranches and farms.  The buyers Fay Ranches works with have always wanted to know […]


Doing What We Promise | Crockett National Bank

Preferred Partner, Volume 5 of the Land Investor We’re So Much More than Your Average Bank It’s about more than just buying land; it’s about investing in a legacy. That’s why we offer a concierge personal service approach to financing your ranch or rural property. Passionate about what we do, we’re a Texas-owned community bank fueled […]


Living on the Water | Fay Ranches Southeast

Back in January, I organized a fly fishing trip with my children’s school, to Tailwaters Lodge, where I recently represented the buyer, Bruce Cote. The lodge is just upriver from the Riverview Ranch on the South Holston River, which is a fantastic family compound available on an incredible stretch of water. The fishing trip provided […]


Fay Ranches’ 3rd Update on Covid-19 and How it Has Affected the Land Market

 Coast To Coast Properties to Escape | Social Distance | Fay Ranches from Fay Ranches on Vimeo. I hope you are all doing well and are safely sheltering in a pleasant locale. I am sitting on the porch of our home on the ranch we have owned with partners for the past 25 years […]


Two World-Class Montana Ranches Become One

It is unusual for two adjacent world-class ranches to come to market at the same time, but that is just what happened with the West Boulder Ranch and the Burnt Leather Ranch-Steen Place, nestled side-by-side at the base of the Absaroka Mountains in McLeod, Montana. Together, they comprise three miles of the West Boulder River […]


What is a Ranch Manager?

Consider this list of roles that might be found on a ranch.  The Ranch Hand typically has a collection of duties, such as checking herds, fence building, some equipment operation, hand irrigation, mucking out stalls and landscaping.  This is a task level worker.  A Herdsman has specific skills that are only acquired with years of learning and doing.  Purebred stock operations benefit most from […]


Transitioning from Ranch Broker to Ranch Buyer: What I Learned When I Bought My First Ranch

By Vinny Delgado, Fay Ranches North-central Montana has always held a special place in my heart. This seemingly endless part of the state fascinated me as a child, and I still have the same reaction to it today. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy hunting and fishing opportunities all across this great state, but my biggest rush […]


Revival of Idaho’s Wine Country

An article by Dave Halgerson, Fay Ranches Broker Although Idaho’s wine production roots have been forgotten by most, they run historically deep.  The recent recognition for the Snake River Valley’s prominence as an ideal area to grow wine grapes may seem new, but the favorable climate and elevation that is conducive to the creation of a variety of captivating […]


What is a “Ranch”?

Article by Ken Bentz, Fay Ranches Broker The term “ranch” has evolved over the years in the West as a whole, but it also has different meanings regionally. A ranch in Colorado is often a much different property than one in Eastern Oregon. The definition also changes the closer one gets to an urban area. […]


Ranching Lifestyle and Sustainability in Today’s Beef Industry

An article by Kebi Smith, Fay Ranches Agent In the last couple of decades, cattle operators started looking beyond the norm of selling calves at weaning in the fall and began searching for opportunities for value–added profit in retained ownership of calves. Retained ownership can increase flexibility in marketing and add value not only to the calf but to feed base, labor, capital, and lead […]