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Top 5 Reads of the Decade

We did it! We’ve reached the end of another decade! It’s been a long road. We’ve seen the market dive. We’ve seen it shoot through the roof. We’ve seen increasing practices of good stewardship, sustainable grazing, wildlife habitat and fishery enhancement, and protection of ecological resources like never before. As we head into the next decade with you, here are the top 5 most popular reads on MirrRanchGroup.com over the last decade.


5. Top 7 Factors Affecting Ranchland Prices

The valuation of ranches and finding the price per acre is substantially different than other types of real estate. While residential and commercial real estate prices typically rely on MLS data based upon numerous transactions within a defined market area that can be defined as “comparable sales,” most ranchland sales are not published on a MLS database, there are relatively few transactions that close within a two year time frame, and there is no defined market area. In this article, Ken Mirr takes us through the top factors that affect the value of your property.

Read: Top 7 Factors Affecting Ranchland Prices

Top 7 Factors Affecting Ranchland Prices

4. 7 Considerations When Buying a Ranch Encumbered by a Conservation Easement

When buying a ranch, buyers are often concerned about the impact a conservation easement (CE) will have on the land. What should a buyer consider in evaluating an easement? Beyond the conservation easement tax deduction, how will a conservation easement affect the future uses of a property?

Haley Mirr sat down with conservation experts and Mirr Ranch Group ranch brokers, Ken Mirr, a former public lands and conservation attorney, and Woody Beardsley, a former senior project manager for Trust for Public Land, to discuss these implications and the considerations a buyer should make when looking at a property encumbered by a CE.

Read: 7 Considerations When Buying a Ranch Encumbered by a Conservation Easement

7 Considerations When Buying a Ranch Encumbered by a Conservation Easement

3. 6 Things to Know When Buying a Ranch with a Public Land Lease

One of the greatest benefits when you buy a ranch in the West, is the availability of grazing leases on public lands.

There are over 610 million acres of public lands in the United States and a majority of that land is located in the West. This number accounts for parcels owned by the:

  • Bureau of Land Management (BLM),
  • National Park Service (NPS),
  • US Fish and Wildlife (USFW),
  • US Forest Service (USFS),
  • State Land Boards

These leases generate substantial revenue through grazing, development, recreation, timber, and energy resources. Grazing leases are only offered by the BLM, USFS, and State Land Boards.

Haley sat down with public lands experts and Mirr Ranch Group brokers, Ken Mirr, a former public lands and conservation attorney, and Jared Souza, a life-long cattle operator and formerly the assistant ranch manager of a large ranch in southeastern Wyoming, to discuss what a buyer should consider when purchasing a ranch with a grazing lease on public lands.

Read: 6 Things to Know When Buying a Ranch with a Public Land Lease

6 Things to Know When Buying a Ranch with a Public Land Lease

2. Maintaining Agricultural Tax Status for Colorado Ranches for Sale

One of the many benefits of owning a Colorado Ranch for Sale is that agricultural land is taxed at a much lower rate than many other property classifications such as residential or commercial.  Given this low agricultural tax rate, it is possible for landowners to pay less in taxes on hundreds of acres of ranchland than they do on their primary residence that may be much smaller.

According to the Colorado Division of Property Taxation, land must meet one of four main requirements to qualify for agricultural classification.  In this 2014 article, we provide a brief overview of each of these requirements.

Read: Maintaining Agricultural Tax Status for Colorado Ranches for Sale

Maintaining Agricultural Tax Status for Colorado Ranches for Sale

1. Top 5 Considerations When Buying a Cattle Ranch in the Intermountain West

When it comes to cattle ranches for sale in the Intermountain West, ranch buyers have different considerations than ranchers residing on the plains. At the end of the day, every rancher’s goal is economic viability and sustainability. So what goes into making a ranch “pencil”?

In our most popular article this past decade, we sat down with ranch brokers Jared Souza, Duffy Brown, and Ken Mirr, to discuss the top factors to consider in buying a working ranch in the Rocky Mountain region.

Read: Top 5 Considerations When Buying a Cattle Ranch in the Intermountain West

Top 5 Considerations When Buying a Cattle Ranch in the Intermountain West

It’s been an honor spending the last 10 years with you, and we look forward to being your trusted ranch broker in the decade ahead!

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