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Good Fences Make Good Neighbors | Land Investor Magazine Volume 4

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 | Land Investor Magazine Volume 4

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 […]

Scotch Double | Land Investor

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 […]

PRIVATE ACREAGE WETLANDS: New Revenue Opportunities For Landowners | Land Investor

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 | Land Investor

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 | Land Investor

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 | Land Investor

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 | Land Investor

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 | Land Investor

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 | Land Investor

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 | Land Investor

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 | Land Investor

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.”  […]

We Play Well With Others | Land Investor

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 […]

FINDING BALANCE: INCREASING RANCH VALUE BY MANAGING FOR ELK | Land Investor

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 current […]

NEW MEXICO: A BLEND OF LANDSCAPE, SPORT AND CULTURE | Land Investor

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 | Land Investor

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 | Land Investor

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 | Land Investor

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 | Land Investor

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 | Land Investor

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 […]