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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 […]


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 […]


Preparing a Farm or Ranch for Marketing and Sale 

An article by Greg Fay, Fay Ranches Founder PREPARING A FARM OR RANCH FOR MARKETING AND SALE While most people know that a lot of work will go into preparing your house for sale in the residential real estate world, it is an often neglected aspect of preparing a ranch for sale. Homeowners will paint kitchens a […]


Plantations In The American South

An article by William Cooper, Fay Ranches Southeast Broker Plantations evoke an intense sense of place. In the Lowcountry, it’s about the salty perfume in the air and the ebb and flow of the tide. The marsh grass swaying in the breeze, and oysters living in the mud, making racks to break the current, creating […]


Open Season | The Osceola Gobbler

Florida’s turkey species consist of the Osceola gobbler – the turkey native to South Florida, the hybrid turkey – a cross between the Osceola gobbler and the eastern gobbler and the eastern wild turkey found in north Florida. The Osceola Wild Turkey is also known as the Florida Turkey and can only be found on […]


Fay Ranches Protocol During COVID-19

Fay Ranches Friends and Family,   Despite the ongoing volatility of the stock market and the unprecedented social changes we’re experiencing, the land brokers at Fay Ranches are reporting sustained interest in the land market.  Our conversations with land investors indicate this is due in part to the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as the stability of […]