Land Investor Magazine – Volume 1



What We Stand For

THE FOUR PILLARS OF THE  FAY RANCHES BRAND   Fay Ranches was built on a foundation of four  “pillars”: Family, Conservation, Investment  Value, and Sporting Pursuits, which have guided our growth and success over the years.  This shared commitment is the basis for the relationships we build and the quality of the business we execute. […]


Ranch Photography Techniques

An Interview with Michael DeShore by Matt Konen Photos taken by Fay Ranches broker Michael DeShore were recently featured in a two-page spread and on the cover of Open Fences magazine. We interviewed him to learn about his experience photographing the ranch and some tips for property owners who want to learn to showcase their […]


A Tribute to Community Cornerstones of the Paulina Valley

Small towns and communities anchor many of the rural ranches and farms that are represented by Fay Ranches. These are often communities with one general store, a population in town of fewer than 30 people, and where everyone knows everyone’s kids. These are towns where families have lived for generations and where the closest high […]


Invest In Land Or Stuff A Mattress

As featured in Land Investor Magazine Vol. 1 Over the past seven years, investors have been notoriously careful with their cash flow, avoiding risk and staying cash heavy. This is no surprise. Due to the economic crisis in 2008, many investors and wealthy individuals became more risk averse with their portfolios, and began saving money instead of investing. However, last year’s annual CapGemini/RBC survey of investors worldwide […]


Finding Balance: Increasing Ranch Value by Managing for Elk

As featured in Land Investor Magazine Vol. 1 There’s a secret that ranch owners know out in the Mountain West: Creating wildlife habitat isn’t just good for your morning view, it also raises the value of your land. “Ranches that are managed with a sustainable agricultural plan have the added benefit of attracting wildlife and this creates value not only for the […]


We Play Well With Others

At Fay Ranches and Republic Ranches, we invite competent land professionals from other offices to promote our listings to their clients. We’ve learned that our success as a brokerage is directly linked to the strength of our team and extended network. It’s in our seller’s best interest for us to build quality relationships with brokers […]


New Mexico: A Blend Of Landscape, Sport And Culture

The land, color and skies of New Mexico, combined with its outdoor recreation opportunities, culture, people, history and arts attract ranchland investors to this most unique mountain state, long known as The Land of Enchantment. New Mexico, the fifth largest state, is long on landscapes that range from vast deserts to open mesas to snowcapped […]


An Overview Of Texas Crop Production

For the farmers, ranchers and investors out there who are interested in purchasing property in the Lone Star State, knowledge of crop production and market trends of that production play an important factor in judging what land to buy and where. Landowners are dealing with a greater number of issues in the 21st century than […]


Studying Rural Land Trends In The Lone Star State

The name Republic Ranches, LLC is commonly known, and the company is frequently sought out because of the fact that a skilled and extremely knowledgeable crew in all backgrounds of farm and ranch real estate make up the team. With five offices located in or near the major metropolitan areas (Austin, Corpus Christi, Dallas, Hondo, […]


Agricultural Lease Rates: A Guide To Estimating Income Potential For Landowners

If you are a farm or ranch owner but farming or ranching is not your trade, you are not alone. Landowner demographics in many parts of the West have shifted toward non-operators, particularly in recent decades. If you are a non-operating owner or prospective owner, evaluating your property’s income potential requires an understanding of agricultural […]


The Fay-Republic Strategic Alliance

FAR REACHING. CLIENT BENEFITTING. LEGACY BUILDING. JUST LIKE OUR LAND. In 2014, Fay Ranches and Texas land brokerage firm Republic Ranches decided to forge an alliance to better serve our clients across the country. This Strategic Alliance brings together the formidable strength of two powerhouse brokerage firms. STRONGER TOGETHER Executing the goals of our clients […]


Investing in Timber

By Dick Ludington, Veteran Land Broker Veteran Land Broker Dick Ludington joined Fay Ranches in 2014, bringing over 37 years of experience in timberland, conservation, and recreational land transaction knowledge for public and private agencies to our team. His understanding of timberland investment has involved the buying and selling of millions of acres from California […]


How To Buy A Ranch

By Greg Fay, Founder | Broker, Licensed in MT So, you’re thinking about buying a ranch? There are a few steps to keep in mind as you embark on this adventure—but let me back up a bit. I’ve been brokering ranchland since 1986 and founded Fay Ranches in 1992. In the beginning, Fay Ranches was the first brokerage company […]


Production Land In Idaho Can Be Profitable

As featured in Land Investor Magazine Vol. 1 The University of Idaho agricultural economists, Garth Taylor and Ben Eborn, reported an 11% increase in 2014 for Idaho farm and ranch net income. Additionally, there was a 6% decrease in expenses, which resulted in a 46% increase overall in reported income for 2014, up to $4.53 billion net, a record set […]


Savvy Investors Look to Cattle Ranches

As featured in Land Investor Magazine Vol. 1 Buying a ranch is often the culmination of a lifelong dream for many of our clients. Carving out time to revel in th e peace and solitude of sprawling acreage, as well as owning a unique place where unique memories are created in the outdoors are some of the top reasons […]


Sportsman’s Corner: An Interview with Greg and Shannon Fay

As the majority owner and founder of Fay Ranches, Greg Fay, along with his partners, has been an owner and manager of a productive farm/ranch in Madison County, Montana since 1995. Along with his wife Shannon, the Fays have been active in the outdoors their entire lives. As parents, they understand the importance of spending […]