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

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 to populating this vast and diverse region is the same spirit that blazed the trail for […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Investing in Timber

by Dick Ludington, Veteran Land Broker As featured in Land Investor Magazine Vol. 1 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 in timberland investment has involved the buying and selling of millions […]

How To Buy A Ranch

Written by Greg Fay, Founder of Fay Ranches As featured in Land Investor Magazine Vol. 1 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 […]

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 […]

Production Land Profits

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 […]

Finding Balance: Managing Ranches 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 […]

Savvy Cattle Ranch Investing

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 […]

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 […]