When hiring a ranch broker to facilitate the sale of a Rocky Mountain Ranch for Sale, it is important that the broker be experienced and educated, have a deep understanding of the issues and ranch values, and have a strong professional network. The sixth and final characteristic that a successful ranch broker must possess is more of a “soft skill,” a characteristic that is difficult to quantify yet vitally important – An Appreciation and Passion for the American West.
More times than not, people who are the best at what they do have a genuine passion for their chosen profession. True professionals do not simply punch a time clock and work “9 to 5;” rather they are obsessed with working hard, constantly learning, and perfecting their chosen line of work. Ranch brokerage is no different, and the complexity and variety of the ranch business requires a daily commitment to hard work and improvement. Without a passion for the West and a genuine interest in ranches, one would be hard pressed to be able to understand the business and bring value to a complex ranch transaction.
Respect for the Ranching Lifestyle: First and foremost, a professional ranch broker must have a deep appreciation and healthy respect for the people and history associated with Rocky Mountain ranches. The sale of a ranch, particularly for those owned by the same family for multiple generations, can be a highly emotional event, and an effective ranch broker must be able to effectively communicate with all stakeholders to have a successful transaction. A career as a ranch broker is not something that people just “fall into.” Ranch brokers choose this profession because they enjoy western landscapes, the people who are connected to the land, and learning about issues that directly affect ranches.
Passion for Outdoor Recreation: Because many ranches for sale have a recreational component, it is important that ranch brokers participate actively in outdoor recreational activities – hunting, fishing, hiking, camping, etc. When not working, a successful ranch broker is out exploring the forests and streams throughout the Rockies, slowly and steadily amassing knowledge of fisheries, trails, public lands, and wildlife habitat that he or she can one day pass along to clients.
Long-term Commitment to Life in the Rockies: In order to gain the necessary knowledge and professional network, ranch brokers must be committed to a lifestyle in the Rocky Mountains. The ranch brokerage business is built on long-term relationships, understanding of a variety of complex issues, and knowledge of a vast geographic area that covers multiple states. It is a not the type of business where someone can enter, make a quick buck, and go on to the next opportunity; it requires consistent effort over many years.
At Mirr Ranch Group, our team of ranch brokers are all extremely passionate about the American West. We are fishermen, hunters, ranchers, conservationists, and outdoor enthusiasts whose professional and personal interests allow us to bring a wide range of experience and expertise to ranch transactions.