Land Investor Magazine – Volume 2



Investing In Equine Properties: An Interview With Kate Gibson

By Clarke Watson 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 over more than 25 years. Currently, Kate […]


Livestock Grazing: A Tool For Diversity

By Lorie Woodward Cantu 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 Steve Nelle, a San Angelo, […]


Private Acreage Wetlands: New Revenue Opportunities For Landowners

By Clarke Watson 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 underappreciated, […]


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 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 study by the Center […]


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

By James Esperti, Ranch Sales, Licensed in MT, WY, ID 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 […]


Selling Your Ranch: How to Prepare & What to Expect

By Greg Fay, Founder|Broker, Licensed in MT 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 for sale; however, many of the recommendations can be applied to different types […]


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 are 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 […]


Selling Your Land: Pricing, Offers & After the Sale

PRICING YOUR RANCH When it comes time to price your ranch, if you’ve chosen a good, trustworthy broker and they’ve done their homework, listen to their recommendation on price.  One of the oldest tricks in the book for getting a listing is intentionally providing the seller an inflated value.  This is called “buying the listing.”  […]


The Southeast: A Long History with a Deep Legacy

Owning land in the Southeastern U.S. is as much about the quality of experience and richness of history as it is about the foundation of a substantial, financially rewarding asset. From Virginia to Louisiana and from Kentucky to Florida, the quality of terrain, natural resources, and ecosystems of the South is as unique as its […]