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Montana Landscapes: Deep-Rooted Purpose of Supporting Agriculture

Article featured in Land Investor Volume 4 by Kimberly Lowry, Broker Associate, Fay Ranches, Montana After the snow melts and the grass begins to green, a renewed sense of optimism fills the air as newborn calves dot the Montana landscape each spring.  Producers across the state consider their previous breeding decisions while busying themselves planning […]


Tax Benefits of Purchasing Land in ‘The Cowboy State’

A blog by Neil Bangs, Wyoming Sales Associate, Fay Ranches Whether you are in the land market for a working ranch, recreational ranch, second home or personal residence, there are certain criteria that must be considered before you make your decision. We have always heard the old saying location, location, location when it comes to […]


Good Fences Make Good Neighbors

An article written by Rick Kusel, published in Volume 4 of the Land Investor Jean-Jacques Rousseau said, “The first man who, having fenced in a piece of land, said “This is mine,” and found people naive enough to believe him, that man was the true founder of civil society.”  Growing up with my grandparents on […]


The Law of Prior Appropriations: Why its History is Important when Investing in a Ranch

An article by John Anderson, Broker, Fay Ranches As featured in Land Investor Magazine Vol. 4 There are two main types of water right systems actively used in the United States today: the Riparian system and the Law of Prior Appropriations. Many eastern states utilize the Riparian water rights system, which states that an owner […]


Pricing Land

an article by Greg Fay, Founder/Broker, Fay Ranches & Jeff Boswell, Partner/Broker, Republic Ranches   How much should I ask? Who do I talk to?  What should my strategy be?  One of the most challenging aspects of selling your land is knowing how to price it. The process of selling land is more often derailed […]


Investing In Ranches

By James Esperti, Partner/Ranch Sales, Fay Ranches People pursue ranch real estate in the Intermountain West for many reasons. Some are looking for that perfect hunting and fishing property with big mountain views, live water, and a variety of wildlife. Others may want a large, productive cattle ranch with abundant water rights and agricultural components. […]


Scotch Double

By George “Mac” E. McGee IV Utilizing Traditional And Progressive Methodology To Enhance Your Property’s Recreational Hunting And Fishing Value While Improving The Core Value Of Your Investment-grade “working” Southeastern Land Property. Many people simply construct a new fishing lake, create a new dove field, or plant new deer and turkey food plots thinking it […]


Can You Benefit From The Placement Of A Conservation Easement?

As seen in Land Investor Volume 3 Written by Richard W. Dickinson, Benchmark Advisors It is always surprising to me how few people are familiar with conservation easements and the tax benefits provided. The enabling legislation was first enacted in the early 1980s, and while thousands of easements have been placed since that time, it […]


Bozeman Past: “12,000 Friendly Folks And A Couple Of Old Soreheads”

An Interview with Russell Westlake, Owner of Bridger Shadows Farm As seen in Land Investor Vol. 3 We sat down with Russell Westlake, the owner of Bridger Shadows Farm, a 735-acre property listed in three parcels with breathtaking views of Bozeman, Montana. Mr. Westlake is a lifelong member of the Bozeman community, and we spoke […]


Vineyards And Wineries Of Oregon

Written by Sheri Wytcherley, Fay Ranches Broker As seen in Land Investor, Volume 3, Published 2017 Oregon Wine Country, where the wild and scenic Pacific Northwest gives wine lovers plenty of reasons to venture north from California’s frequented wine country, with over 450+ tasting rooms to choose from. The pioneering spirit that paved the way […]


Keeping Property Exchanges Out Of The Crosshairs

As seen in Land Investor Volume 3 Written by Max Hansen Imagine a six point bull elk crashing through a thick stand of lodge-pole pine; a dove darting from a mesquite thicket; or attempting to cast into a riffle in the face of a mountain breeze.  They’re all moving targets you may have faced at […]


Investing In Equine Properties: An Interview With Kate Gibson

by Clarke Watson as seen in Land Investor Vol. 2 As a lifetime horse enthusiast, it’s no coincidence that native Houstonian, Kate Gibson, specializes in brokering equestrian farms and ranches for Republic Ranches, a strategic alliance partner of Fay Ranches. She boasts an impressive equine background, having managed, trained and competed in the industry for […]


Livestock Grazing: A Tool For Diversity

by Lorie Woodward Cantu as seen in LAND INVESTOR Volume 2 Diversity is a buzzword in the 21st century ranching industry. Diverse populations of plants and animals signal ecologically healthy rangelands, and diverse, profitable enterprises signal an economically healthy operation. “Well-managed livestock grazing is a tool that allows land managers to achieve both ecological and economic goals,” says […]


Private Acreage Wetlands: New Revenue Opportunities For Landowners

by Clarke Watson as seen in LAND INVESTOR Volume 2 The presence of water is a crucial factor in determining the true worth of a potential property purchase, and wetlands are amongst the most valued water attributes. With a unique ability to directly augment surrounding ecosystems, wetlands are an integral feature of a healthy environment. Historically, the advantages of wetlands were under […]


Don’t Kick The Cows Off: Recommendations For Ranch Buyers

By Bill Nutt When reviewing my insurance policies recently, I realized that we have owned our ranch near Twin Bridges, Montana for over a decade. Certainly that isn’t long enough to become an expert, but I have learned a few things I’d like to pass along to those considering a ranch purchase. Here’s a list […]


Investing In And Adding Value To Ranch Lands

by Clarke Watson, Land Investor Vol. 2 The Western U.S. has a reputation for landscapes that are rich in rivers, mountains and open space. But the American West is losing large chunks of land, as landscapes are carved away to accommodate the urban sprawl and commercial development that affects many western cities. According to a […]


Sportsman’s Corner: An Interview With Bird Hunter, James Esperti And His Dog, Hoss

Picture a bird hunter spending a day in the brush of the American West, and it won’t take you long to envision a four-legged companion bobbing alongside him, looking to flush some grouse. In fact, dogs are iconic hunting companions for sportsmen all over the U.S. As one of the partners with Fay Ranches, James […]


Selling Your Land: How to Prepare & What to Expect

Written by: Greg Fay, Founder of Fay Ranches Article to be featured in the next issue of Land Investor Magazine August 2016 marks my 30th year selling land.  I’ve been involved in some of the most significant land transactions in several states, including farms, ranches, timber and plantations.  This article is about preparing your ranch […]


Selling Your Land: Taxes, Financial Planning & Family Matters

CONSIDER TAXES & FINANCIAL PLANNING The first and most important step in selling your ranch is making sure your family’s tax and financial planning is current and competently prepared.  This is particularly important for multi-generational ranch families.  I say this because they are the most likely to neglect this stage.  Modern ranch owners, who have […]


Selling Your Land: Preparing Your Ranch for Show

As you contemplate selling your ranch, it is important to have an understanding of the process ahead of you, and to prepare your ranch to be as attractive as possible to potential buyers.  This often involves cleaning up the junk.  Ideally, this begins prior to putting the ranch on the market.  For many ranch owners, […]


Selling Your Land: Deciding on a Brokerage & Choosing a Broker

DECIDING ON A BROKERAGE Once you’ve assessed your property, you’re ready to decide on which brokerage company to work with.  If you have a ranch (or a farm, timber tract or plantation), don’t list with a company that sells residential or commercial real estate.  Instead, work with a company that only sells land.  As a […]