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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 […]

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 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 […]

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 […]

How To Buy A Ranch | Land Investor

Written by Greg Fay, Founder /Broker, 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 […]

Production Land Profits | Land Investor

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 Cattle Ranch Investing | Land Investor

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 | 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.”  […]

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 […]