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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 […]


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 […]


Sportsman’s Corner: Creating Traditions for Generations to Come

Written by Branif Scott, Broker Associate, Fay Ranches Some of my fondest childhood memories from growing up in Cedar Rapids, Iowa are centered around being outdoors, primarily camping, fishing, and hunting. My friends and I spent hours down by the creek near my house, digging for worms and catching carp and bass. My dad took me camping on […]


Montana Places To Live | Bitterroot Valley Lifestyle

Video blog by John Anderson, Broker Associate, licensed in MT, OR, ID It is truly difficult to describe the lifestyles of those fortunate enough to live in the Bitterroot Valley, except to say, “There is something for everyone.” If you seek isolation and the peaceful serenade of wind whispering in the forest, you’ll find it […]


The Effect of COVID-19 on the Land Brokerage Industry

By Greg Fay, Founder, Broker, Fay Ranches Inc. Many of us are wondering what the impact of the Coronavirus will be on the global economy and our communities.  We can only guess if this will be a phenomenon that has a lasting impact or will pass us by in a matter of weeks. We are […]


Invest in the American West | Why Idaho?

Idaho is still the unfound secret to the northwest, filled with a vast array of wild forests, snow-capped mountains, fertile soil, picturesque canyons, clear rivers, and plenty of public lands to enjoy in conjunction with your private. Sparsely populated, full of scenic wonders, and featuring world-class trout fishing and hunting, Idaho is an outdoor enthusiast’s […]


Bozeman, MT Summer Flight Schedule 2020 | Amended Due To COVID-19

Amended 5/28/2020 Beginning June 1, the Directive requiring quarantine will no longer be in effect. Read the Governor’s Directive, released May 19th, 2020 here. Phase Two: Travel Quarantine to Expire June 1 Effective June 1, the provisions of the March 30 Directive requiring quarantine for nonwork-related arrivals in Montana will no longer be in effect. The […]


The “Good” About Late Season Bird Hunting In Idaho

By Dave Halgerson, Designated Broker, Licensed in: ID, OR As the temperature drops in the last months of the year, so does the number of bird hunters in the field! You just need to be ready for the elements and the possible slick conditions, but after those earlier hunts of putting in the miles, you […]


Fay Ranches Announces Partnership with the Dan Scott Ranch Management Program, Seeks Ranch Partners

 Contact: Rachel Frost, 406-994-3724 or frost@montana.edu   “The success of the Dan Scott Ranch Management Program is dependent on a close relationship with industry and ranching partners, such as Fay Ranches. Without the ranching community’s participation and support of the program, we cannot provide the educational experience that will prepare students to meet the challenges facing tomorrow’s […]


5 Simple Steps to a Better Whitetail property

By Ryan Bramlette, Ranch Sales, Fay Ranches Are you maximizing the whitetail sporting experience on your property?  Landowners across the Mid-West and Texas commonly invest large amounts of time and resources into comprehensive whitetail management plans. Understandably so, as these areas are known for producing world-class Whitetails.  However, as a self-proclaimed “Whitetail Freak”, and certified QDMA […]


Exploring in Idaho | A Day on the Continental Divide

A blog by R.J. Patterson, Ranch Sales A perfect autumn day would be tough for many to define. For me, it was a day I spent on Little Eight Mile Ranch on the Lemhi River in Leadore, Idaho. The day started off just before the sun rose, as I was hoping to get pictures of […]


N.I.L.E. Success | When Raising Cattle is Second Nature

Blog by Kimberly Lowry, Fay Ranches Broker, Montana A big congratulations is extended to Isabelle Lowry, daughter of Fay Ranches real estate Broker Kimberly Lowry, for achieving success at the Northern International Livestock Exposition “N.I.L.E.”  with her Merit Heifer from Currant Creek Angus Ranch and earning honors including Reserve Champion NILE Merit Heifer, Grand Champion […]


Recreational Lifestyle | Montana Big Game Hunting

Fall is one of the best times to enjoy the abundance of recreational opportunities life in Montana has to offer. With the archery season underway and rifle season right around the corner, fall is a time when sportsmen and women enjoy time in nature and the abundant wildlife populations that make up our landscape.  Hunting […]


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 […]


Idaho Big Game Hunting

By Dave Halgerson, Fay Ranches Broker, Idaho When the topic of big game hunting property comes up, there are many visions regarding what the ideal terrain is and how many animals it may hold within its boundaries. For many people, the towering mountain scenery with snowcapped peaks gleaming in the distance comes to mind first. […]