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Montana Land Source property search
Posted: October 21st 2020
New property search functionality has been added to Montana Land Source.  Montana Land Source is the most complete and comprehensive source available for large-acreage land listings and sales for Montana farm, ranch and recreational properties.  We track all available sources, and update the data daily. There is a new basic search window at the top of the homepage at www.MTLandSource.com, and a...
Ranch Investors Podcast Episode #8
Posted: October 14th 2020
Episode #8 of the Ranch Investors podcast has been released, and is titled "Why are ranches SO DAMN Expensive?"  Why are ranches priced so high?  Or are they?  In this episode, the hosts Andy Rahn and Colter DeVries discuss their frustrations on pricing ranches, observations in the market, and why this is a very imperfect process.  Learn what a good value is, and how not to be unrealistic in your...
Ranch Investors Podcast Episode #7
Posted: September 30th 2020
Episode #7 of the Ranch Investors podcast has been released, and is titled "Ranch ownership; You're doing it wrong"  Want to know how to do it right?  We hear from Shaelyn Bauer and her new baby, Diehl, on all things regenerative grazing, holistic management, sustainable ranching operations, and natural resource management.  This is where you make your money in ranch ownership and Shaelyn is here...
Billionaire Cowboys Are Buying And Selling The Largest Ranches In America
Posted: September 22nd 2020
A recent Forbes article highlights the recent surge in market activity for large ranches, due to the coronavirus, and characterizes the new buyers as "billionaire cowboys."  The article references multiple Montana properties, and also features Hall & Hall broker Bill McDavid from western Montana, and mentions multiple large Montana ranch owners by name.  McDavid rightly points out that many...
Ranch Investors Podcast Episode #6
Posted: September 16th 2020
Episode #6 of the Ranch Investors podcast has been released, and is titled "What are you going to do with all that money?"  This episode features Max Hansen, Managing Director of Accruit LLC. For over 40 years, Max has helped taxpayers and real estate professionals successfully complete property exchanges. What is your exit plan and how do you avoid paying the piper on all that taxable-gain you'...
Ranch Investors Podcast Episode #5
Posted: September 1st 2020
Episode #5 of the Ranch Investors podcast has been released, and is titled "How did you come up with that value?"  This episode features Montana Certified General Appraiser Jim French.   Some of the topics we discuss in this episode include: Variances in appraisals The ins and outs of different appraisal types and methodologies Marketing times Different definitions of value Appraisal values...
Montana Fish and Wildlife Commission meeting
Posted: August 10th 2020
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is pursuing multiple land deals that will be considered at the August 13, 2020 Fish and Wildlife Commission meeting. W-Bar conservation easement - 6,751 acres, Wibaux County - $2.19MM cost Lone Tree conservation easement - 11,285 acres, Blaine County - $5,09MM cost Big Snowy Mountains Wildlife Management Area purchase - 5,667 acres, Golden Valley County Chip...
USDA Releases 2020 Summary of Land Values
Posted: August 6th 2020
The U.S Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Agricultural Statistics Service has released it's 2020 Summary of Land Values.  The data is based on USDA surveys of land owners and managers.  Overall, the average values of irrigated cropland, dry cropland and native rangeland in Montana have been stable since 2015 acording to the survey data. Below is a chart summarizing the USDA data for...
RanchInvestor.com
Posted: August 4th 2020
We are very excited to announce a collaborative effort between Montana Land Source and RanchInvestor.com to record podcasts about Montana land investment and the rural Montana land market.  In addition to the regular hosts, each episode features experts in various areas of expertise including appraisers, attorneys, consultants, etc.... Please listen, let us know what you think, and share with...
National Incident Feature Service (NIFS)
Posted: July 31st 2020
Wildfire season is upon us in Montana, and so the Montana Land Source map application features two active wildfire layers provided by the National Incident Feature Service (NIFS).  The two layers provide the most up-to-date information and mapping available on wildfires in Montana, and allows users of our map app to view active wildfire information in relation to other map features, including...