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.

“Texas News and Views” Radio Show Features Tyler Jacobs of Hall and Hall

Texas Farm Bureau’s “Texas News and Views” radio program recently featured Hall and Hall partner, Tyler Jacobs, commenting about insurance considerations for those buying or selling rural property.

Here is a link to the program.

TylerJacobsTyler lives and ranches five miles outside of Montgomery, TX.   Graduating from Texas Tech University with his degree in Wildlife and Fisheries management, he has had professional and entrepreneurial experience in hunting operations, timber valuation, cow/calf and yearling operations, grass-fed beef production, and land-use planning. Currently serving as President of the Texas Land Brokers Network, he also is an affiliated member of RLI, TSCRA, MCBIA, and TALB. A proud fifth-generation Texan, Tyler holds the legacy of land ownership in the highest regard.

 

2016 Southeastern Land Sales

In 2016, we sold 11 southeastern properties totaling 16,000 acres. Each property presented unique challenges requiring an intimate knowledge of the land, as well as our client’s individual goals. We are grateful for the opportunities to work on these diverse landscapes throughout the South.

Hall and Hall Gives Back

By: Rob Hart

Hall and Hall’s unique partnership model makes it hard to achieve consistency at times.  Every partner has an equal say in how we operate, how we donate, and how we volunteer.  As you might expect, the opinions vary greatly, so the company has chosen not to “donate” under its own name.  But that doesn’t stop Hall and Hall from encouraging and awarding their staff for supporting worthy causes.  Tens of thousands of hours and dollars are privately donated annually, and many sit in leadership positions which support worthy organizations around the country.

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However, not everything can be done confidentially.  As professional auctioneers, our auction department has the opportunity to openly volunteer at great charity auction events around the country.  In 2016, the Hall and Hall auction department volunteered at 18 charity events from coast-to-coast while generating millions of dollars for children’s programs, medical research, athletics, agriculture, and the environment. If you support a great cause, give us a call.  If we have an open date, we’d love to help.

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The Last Cowboy Song

By: Jim Taylor 

Having grown up amongst cowboys on a ranch in southern Montana, I was moved by a video I was introduced to on YouTube entitled “This Is The Last Cowboy Song” by Kirstie Lambert. Kirstie provided the photography and the song – Last Cowboy Song – is by Ed Bruce. Kirstie is a disciple and student of the late David Stoecklein whose photographs of ranches and the people who own and work them are legendary. She put this together for him in the last days of his life.

The thought that this way of life might be ending is sad. It is sad because this was a breed of men and women where the work was an end in itself – not a means to an end. The cowboy ethic included concepts such as a man’s word is his bond; one always does more than his share so as not to be beholden to others; and you always ride for the brand.  I never became a cowboy but I have always tried to live by the cowboy ethic and have tried to pass those concepts on to my children.

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I have sold ranches for 45 years this month and I have to believe that there is a good chance that the wealthy men and women who buy ranches these days will embrace these concepts and ensure that their children and grandchildren are well exposed to them. I am pretty convinced that you don’t need to be a cowboy to appreciate the many lessons that life on a ranch can teach. And let’s hope that the men and women who live this creed will continue to do so and provide an example for all of us to follow.

Hall and Hall Brokers Sale of Blue Springs Plantation

Hall and Hall’s Southeastern Affiliate, Elliott Davenport, recently brokered the sale of Blue Springs Plantation. The historic 7,235 acre property near Albany, GA had not changed hands in 50+ years and includes some of the most productive wild quail hunting ground in all of South Georgia.

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Surrounded by neighbors that include Nonami, Pineland and Wildfair Plantations, Blue Springs is trophy recreational land that provides excellent whitetail deer and turkey hunting, in addition to its quail opportunities. The plantation has miles of frontage on the Flint River – an ecologically important and spectacular free flowing river.

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The main house is a quintessential southern plantation home that was first built in the early 1930s by William C. Potter, following a design by Hentz, Adler & Shutze of Atlanta, Georgia. Edward Vason Jones was commissioned to design a wing for the gun room, wine cellar and library in 1957.

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For more information on the sale, contact Elliott Davenport at 423-364-2092.

Wyoming Winter Snowfall is Welcome Gift

By: Mike Fraley

During the fall months of 2016, we experienced the longest and most beautiful weather here in northern Wyoming that I can remember.  Many of the “old timers” predicted that it was going to be followed by a hard winter, and man were they right.  We are seeing above-average snowpack across our state as a result of a cold and wet winter. Meteorologists say this could be the result of La Nina, caused by colder water in the Pacific Ocean, which affects the weather across many of the central states.  The snow and cold weather bring a variety of challenges as well as benefits for landowners and livestock producers across the Northern Rockies.  Like the weather in the fall, the weather this winter is unlike anything we’ve had for many years.

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The cold, wet winter conditions that ranchers are facing this year create many hardships that chip away at morale.  They face the challenge of getting around to feed livestock and keeping water open because of the ever-changing snowdrifts and below-zero temperatures.  Feed costs surge upward as livestock need to be fed more, for a longer period of time.   Although the future moisture will be helpful in the long run for wildlife, the extreme cold and deep snow decimates wildlife herds as deer, elk and antelope struggle for survival.

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However, there is also reason for optimism for the rancher and land owner as we deal with the cold and snow this year. The increased snow-pack now means more moisture and drought relief this summer – rivers and reservoirs will fill, stream flows will revitalize, ground water aquafers will replenish, needed moisture for crops and native grasses to grow strong will be provided, summer irrigations storage will be increased, and the risk of wildfires will decrease.  All this snow now will benefit both livestock and wildlife later this spring and summer.   After a dry and hot summer in 2016, the moisture that this winter’s snowfall has brought is a welcomed gift.

As we fight the elements of this hard winter, I guess we’ll need to keep our eyes on the prize and look forward to a lush and green spring. In the meantime, keep a snow shovel handy!

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