Our blog will help keep you informed about news and information related to the farm, ranch and rural real estate markets. If you share our desire for wide open spaces and investment in the land, we hope you will subscribe, read and discuss the stories we find and develop here. More than just an investment, ranch, farm and rural real estate evokes a type of lifestyle that was born over a century ago and still provides a certain romance and passion for those who embrace the pioneering spirit from those days gone by.

Hall and Hall Welcomes Newest Texas Ranch Partner Tyler Jacobs

The Jacobs’ name has been associated with real estate and ranching operations along Lake Creek and the San Jacinto River since the early 1950s. Having been raised among the family’s horse and cattle operations, Tyler quickly developed a love of the land and all that the outdoors offered. Graduating from Texas Tech University with his degree in Wildlife and Fisheries management, Tyler has had professional and entrepreneurial experience in hunting operations, timber valuation, cow/calf and yearling operations, grass-fed beef production, and land-use planning. He began selling Texas farms and ranches alongside his father in 1998, and attributes his passion and success in the business to his time spent with the family’s farm and ranch real estate brokerage business. Currently serving on the board of the Texas Land Brokers Network, he also is an affiliated member of RLI, TSCRA, MCBIA, and TALB.

His wife Amy, and their four children have passionately pursued showing ranch horses and commercial cattle, and are actively involved in their local church and world missions.  A proud fifth-generation Texan, Tyler holds the legacy of land ownership in the highest regard.

Tyler Jacobs

Tyler Jacobs

Farm & Ranch Real Estate Values and Market Trends

Similar to the record run in stocks, brought on in part by an improvement in the U.S. economy and the federal monetary policy, real estate values continued to see positive momentum through 2014. Many investors say the Federal Reserve’s actions helped the economy by keeping interest rates low and making stocks look more attractive compared to other investments. The combination of elevated farm incomes and low interest rates facilitated by the Fed’s actions continued to make real estate an appealing investment alternative throughout 2014.

Nationally, the increasing trend in cropland values is generally expected to subside. Interest rates have remained near historically low levels as anemic employment conditions through 2014 continue to hamper the Federal Reserve’s ability to move rates.

While well below the historic levels reached in 2013, at more than $113 billion the 2014 net farm income forecast remains the previous 10-year average. Declining corn and grain prices equate to lower feed cost and increase profitability for cattle producers. Nationally, cattle numbers have declined steadily over the past several years with U.S. cattle inventory reaching historically low levels 2013.

The IX Ranch runs a cattle herd of 4,300.

The IX Ranch runs a cattle herd of 4,300.

The combination of economic conditions and elevated cattle prices has pulled on an already tight supply of quality ranches in 2014. Demand from recreational investors has remained steady adding to demand for productive ranch properties. Increased earnings, in some cases, will make owners reluctant to sell, creating additional supply constraints.  The combination of these factors points toward upward pressure on real estate values in the foreseeable future.

Brokering Ranches is All About Relationships

By: Ryan Flair

One of the many enjoyments in brokering ranches are the friendships and relationships with clients we build and experience through the years.  Beginning with the adventure of finding that special place, through the journey of the purchase and initial understandings of their new found home, to the completion of the cycle as they learn and change and become part of the life experience they have created.


Watching and sharing in the time our clients spend enjoying their properties is a very special opportunity for us.   A favorite time to appreciate a property is in the fall, as it is an amazing time to be a part of all the outdoors has to offer.  Whether it is chasing the rutting elk in mid-September, upland bird hunting, fishing for the Fall Browns or trailing cattle for fall shipping, there is not a better time to be out on the land.

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Hall and Hall and all our staff work hard to allow for our clients to enjoy the journey they have envisioned.  For those of you who own land we wish you success and enjoyment in this season and for those who are still looking for your adventure we look forward to working with you.


Hall and Hall Welcomes Roger Dryden as Oregon Affiliate Broker

Hall and Hall would like to extend a warm welcome to Roger Dryden, owner of Dryden Ranch and Land, as an affiliate broker servicing Oregon from his office in the Bend/Redmond area. A licensed Principal Broker since 2003, Roger’s connection to land and ranches began when he worked at the historic White Horse Ranch in remote southeastern Oregon while in high school.  The ranch was started in 1869 by John S. Devine, a well-known 19th-century cattle baron. It was originally the headquarters for the Todhunter and Devine Cattle Company.

Roger’s passion for positive results and building relationships has fostered a career in business management and sales.  He has forged his successes in the real estate business by representing clients in the marketing and sale of investment quality rural real estate.  Approaching life and business with energy, passion, and dedication, Roger is a full subscriber to the “Code of the West” philosophy in which an individual is only as good as his word.


Hall and Hall Affiliates with World Champion Auctioneer John Nicholls

Hall and Hall recently agreed to an affiliation with John and Charles Nicholls of Nicholls Auction Marketing Group, Inc. Nicholls is a family-owned real estate Auction Company that has been successfully servicing the East Coast for more than four decades. The new affiliation solidifies a long-standing friendship between the firms and strengthens Hall and Halls presence on the East Coast.  Nicholls Auction Marketing Group will continue to service its clients with the same high standards as before and when advantageous, partner with Hall and Hall on large, east coast, agricultural projects.

“John and Charles run a topnotch organization but more importantly are ambassadors to our profession and the community,” said Scott Shuman, Partner of Hall and Hall.  “They are a walking example of the values we hold dear.”

John Nicholls serves as President and oversees all day to day operations of the company. He is a past Board Member of the National Auctioneers Association and has served as President and Chairman of the Board of the Virginia Auctioneers Association. He is a graduate and featured instructor at the World Wide College of Auctioneering. John is a lead auctioneer at the prestigious Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction where hundreds of millions of dollars of cars are sold annually on live TV. He serves on the Boards of many companies and non-profit organizations. Some of John’s professional accomplishments include: 1990 Virginia Auctioneers Association Rookie of the Year, 1994 Virginia State Champion Auctioneer, 2003 Virginia Auctioneer of the Year, 2003 World Automobile Auctioneer Champion and the winner of the 2006-07 International Auctioneer’s Championship.

John Nicholls

John Nicholls

“We are thrilled and honored to team up with the amazing folks at Hall and Hall,” said John Nicholls. “Their real estate prowess and professionalism is taking the country by storm, and we are looking forward to being part of their stellar team.”

Charles Nicholls is the Founder and Chairman of the Board of Nicholls Auction Marketing Group. He, along with his wife Jean founded the company in 1968 and dedicated their professional lives to the auction industry. Charles is a member of the National Auctioneers Association and the Virginia Auctioneers Association where he has served on the Board of Directors and numerous committees. Charles spent 30 years as the head auctioneer at the two largest auto auctions in Virginia. He is a licensed realtor and a certified appraiser. Charles is very active in the Fredericksburg, VA community and serves many non-profit organizations. He was awarded the Bernie Hart Memorial Award by the National Automobile Auction Association. This award recognizes a lifetime of superior achievement, leadership, and overall professionalism in the industry. Charles has been honored by being named to the Virginia Auctioneer’s Hall of Fame.

Weathering the Storm on a Montana Fly Fishing Ranch

By: Bill McDavid

The middle of last week it was nearly 90 degrees here in Western Montana. That all changed on Friday night while my father, my son and I were camped on the Missouri River for a multi-generational fishing trip on the river and a few other Montana fly fishing ranches along the east front.


Mother Nature decided to dish it out Montana-style with big winds and rain amidst temperatures in the low forties. Despite getting soaked to the bone and losing nearly all motor functions because of the cold we managed to land some huge fish.



We have dozens of amazing Montana properties for sale, including several topnotch fly fishing ranches for those who doesn’t mind weathering the storm from time to time.