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Fay Ranches looks at ranch real estate

You can make it happen—the dream of owning your own ranch. But you’ve got to move things beyond the dreaming phase, and you can do it with the help of ranch real estate experts. Recently, we profiled Gregory Fay, partner in Fay Ranches, Inc. Now, with their permission, we’re sharing tidbits from the Fay Ranches blog, just to whet your land-owning appetites.

For an interesting perspective on the ranch real estate market, read on…

An Optimistic Ranch Real Estate Market?

By Mike Fraley on Tue, 02/26/2013 – 2:12pm

With many things in the financial sector and federal government looking uncertain, one thing remains true: “Real estate is and always will be a quality long term investment”. Many ranch brokerage companies have reported record sales for 2012, supporting what appears to be a strengthening real estate market and an inviting time to invest. Interest rates are at all-time lows, and memories of the stock market’s crash are still at the forefront of everyone’s minds, causing many buyer/investors to take advantage of a great buying opportunity, choosing to invest in farm and ranch real estate.

In a recent article in the Billings Gazette, friend and managing broker Greg Fay is cited summarizing the market: “In looking ahead to this year’s market, Fay is cautiously optimistic.” He doesn’t entirely trust the market, although the economy seems more stable. He sees ranch prices as bottomed out, but not yet appreciably rising, making it still a good time to buy. There also could be more ranches for sale if there’s a sense that the market value is increasing. Greg is also quoted as saying, “There are excellent opportunities everywhere right now.”

I personally could not agree more. Along with one of my closest friends, a bank owner and agricultural lender, we are both astounded at how low interest rates are and how long they have remained low. It does not encourage investors to put money into the banks, but the inverse is an excellent borrowing environment. This coupled with a strong agriculture commodities market is bringing many buyers into the ranch market place and encouraging “conservative” farmers and ranchers to expand their operations. There appears to be some longevity to the strong agriculture market and real estate values have stabilized and show glimpses of increasing in value. Both of these factors make it a good time to invest in ranch real estate and enjoy some security in a quality long term investment.

Mike Fraley

Ranch Broker Associate

Mike Fraley and Fay Ranches represent the finest farms, ranches, and sporting properties for sale in the American West. Contact Us today to learn more, and start living the life you deserve.


Do horses get allergies? Find out on Facebook…

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For example, we asked recently on Facebook: Do horses ever get allergies? We got some interesting replies:

Anne R Horstman yes they do. mine was allergic to barkdust.

Denise Longland yup they do… my old horse had asthma.

James Randolph Thomas Jr. Yes, been sneezed on by ranch horses a few times. Must be ragweed or goldenrod.

Sherrie DeFreitas Johnson I had one who had Hives!

Stormy Harbour I worked with a horse that had to take steroids because she was allergic to pretty much everything. I felt so sorry for the poor thing. This fine specien doesn’t seem to have that problem though. Gorgous coat.

Gene Robinson Yep, they sure do. Had a working cow horse once upon a time. But when it came time to work, he wouldn’t. But if not under saddle, he would sure as hell chase ’em.

You can’t make this stuff up, so we don’t even try. We love our Ranchweb Facebook followers and hope you’ll decide to become one!