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In Home Décor ‘Olde’ Has Become New Again

 
In Home Décor ‘Olde’ Has Become New Again

by Amy Lignor

 

When it comes to making the house ‘pretty’ again – not to mention, adding to the resale value of the home ten-fold – it is the antique world that has become the new in-thing. Yes, everything from new landscaping to painting to energy saving technology are all good things to bring to the old homestead in order to make it a better investment for you and the family.

But what about those small things that are now being used – and no longer being looked over by prospective buyers – to create a whole different type of décor? Any antique maven or “Flea Market Flip” lover will tell you that if “the bones are good” you can restore anything. Which is true. But because the bones are good and millions are restoring things to a brand new shine, there are certain companies making money by selling old/antique décor that makes all these restoration projects far more pleasing to the eye.

One such company is called House of Antique Hardware. It is there that they believe period homes were “designed and built with a rare integrity.” These minds were compelled to restore that integrity by staying true to the original designs, materials and workmanship that, back then, was incredibly important. Offering one of the largest menus of original and authentic reproduction hardware on the market today, this company also has made a great name for themselves by offering a dedicated sales staff that actually wants nothing more than to find you the products that will create a faithful restoration project.

 

Begun in 1999, House of Antique Hardware established a reputation for quality products and quickly grew into one of the premier online retailers for both authentic antique and vintage reproduction hardware. Featured in hundreds of magazines, as well as being mentioned on various TV shows, their products have been spotlighted across the country.

 

One of the most unique product lines that homeowners are discovering when working on their restorations and renovations comes in the form of Antique-By-Hand®, which is a House of Antique Hardware exclusive. These products from the past are recreations that have been brought to life using no short-cuts whatsoever. In other words, that time-worn patina that genuine antique hardware boasts comes from the Antique-By-Hand (ABH) five-step finishing process. With these products, you receive a living finish that is unlike all those machine-rendered and lacquered products that state they have an “antique brass” finish. ABH is individually applied and left unsealed. The item is hand burnished to create subtle highlights and then treated with a refined mineral oil for added depth and luster. The result is a living finish offering a warm, mellow tone that will age gracefully with use…just like the originals back in the day.

 

Even though technology – like personal assistants in the kitchen – can be a popular trend, some of the biggest and most wanted home décor products for 2017 fall into the categories of door knockers and doorknobs. The antique ‘look’ is what the homeowner has been searching for lately when it comes to adding value and adding a much better look to each and every room. Satin brass finishes have been making a comeback in recent years, moving away from those high-reflective finishes of polished brass fixtures for both kitchen and bath. Looking more antique and more muted, these old finishes complement a great many styles and trends.

 

In addition, more and more homeowners are splurging on the entryway of their dwellings. From the antique doorknobs and knockers decorating the front door, they are also looking into more aged wood when it comes to the door, itself. The older looking, the better. Thinking outside of the box when it comes to the entryway, more halls are being decorated with vanities that are being converted from old file cabinets, vintage consoles and more. What makes the biggest splash is the fact that the hardware and the mirrors hanging above these vanities and hall-trees have antique finishes, as well as antique hardware for the vanity drawers.

 

It is a fair statement that the ‘olde’ is now the ‘new’ in-thing. Homeowners are so excited about it that the market is expanding daily, producing highly successful internet companies that make their money by providing you the best the past has to offer.

 

Source:  Baret News

How to Hire a Winner in Real Estate

 

How to Hire a Winner in Real Estate

by Amy Lignor

 

You want to buy that new house because the twins are on their way. Little Betty and Little John are already there, but who knew you would have even more so soon? What’s that? Oh…well, of course, in order to buy that new home with four bedrooms instead of two, you will also need to sell your present homestead in order to get the money needed to start paying on a new one. And, of course, you not only need an agent who’s honest and fair with you in order to get both facets of this deal done, but you also need one who wants to get you the best deal on the best house in the best neighborhood so your kids can go to a good school, feel safe, and even, perhaps, save money. (Jeez…don’t want much, do you?)

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All kidding aside, this can be done. There are plenty of real estate agents out there in the world that do think about you and your family. Of course they care about their commission. After all, the real estate agent, just like your family members, has a job to do and they need to make their own money and pay their own bills. However, there are those out there who have built not only stellar careers but also have earned the respect of the entire real estate community. So…how do you get one of these winners to be your real estate agent?

 

Whether buying or selling a home, or both, you are talking about an extreme and stressful adventure, which means knowing that you need an experienced Real Estate Professional to help is the first thing to know. Although many out there believe they can put up that ‘For Sale by Owner’ sign and cut out the middle man in order to pocket all the cash, they do not usually have any idea the spider web of issues and problems they will be walking into.

 

The market, for one, continues to pick up steam. Projections of higher mortgage interest rates and home prices are being reported, which means you need to know what to ask the agent before hiring them in order to ensure that you are getting the best candidate for your home, family and future.

 

We start with experience. This is absolutely the number one piece of data you need to know. Experience can’t always guarantee skill; however, most agents with years of experience have garnered the great reviews and can show you a high success rate. Learn up front if they are full-time or part-time agents, how many homes they sold in the past twelve months, how many sellers they are currently representing and what designations/certifications they have in regards to education and industry training. You need to make sure that this is a licensed agent with the right credentials. Therefore, also inquire if they are members of the National Association of Realtors. Simply put, if they are that means they have agreed to abide by a solid code of ethics.

 

If the answers, education and background all work for you, then move on to step two. You want to know exactly what their marketing plan is for selling your home on today’s market. This involves both online and offline marketing, which means you want to know their personal approach. Do they use professional photographers for online shots? Do they stage the home and they shoot video to add to the website? What marketing materials will they create, and will your home be listed on multiple websites? Great photos and staging make a strong first impression and allows your home to stand out from the online crowd. But just be absolutely clear that there is an aggressive marketing plan in place before hiring said agent.

 

Lastly, just as it is with any other job resume or interview, make sure you approach this deal by placing yourself in the CEO’s chair, so to speak. Make sure to request data on any service providers they know and work with on a daily basis. Make sure this agent is well connected within the industry. Maybe they have specific lenders they work with and can possibly assist you in choosing everything from a mortgage company to a home inspector to a handyman to fix things up. Make sure you know how much work this agent will do that can help relieve your stress during the buying and/or selling process.

 

And as all CEO’s end meetings, make sure to get references they can provide. Reviews and testimonials from their recent clients are necessary to make sure you can trust your agent implicitly. After all, the twins are on their way. You need to make sure the real estate agent you hire is the absolute best he or she can be, and has not only the experience, but also the hard work gene, education and contacts that will allow them to present you with nothing less than a complete success.

 

Source:  Baret News

Spotlighting the Texas State of Mind

 

Spotlighting the Texas State of Mind

 

There are two ‘values’ when it comes to buying rural real estate: financial and intrinsic. The financial is obvious; land is a stable and reliable investment in this day and age. More important, many times, is the non-financial intrinsic value; a deep-rooted, innate, core value. It is a value that spans from generation to generation, transforming a ‘piece of property’ into a place to call home and a place to return to. And there is no location more understanding of this intrinsic mindset than the Lone Star State.

 

Charles Davidson Partner Republic Ranches
Charles Davidson Partner Republic Ranches

Charles Davidson is a Partner/Agent with the popular Republic Ranches team. This is a group that spans the state of Texas, working diligently to make sure that a person and/or family is matched perfectly with the land they’re searching for. In Texas, Oklahoma and beyond, the reach of the Republic Ranches team continues to grow. Their professionalism and dedication to their work makes the financial value of purchasing property a given. But when adding in their passion for the land, and their ultimate goal of discovering the one property that has all the factors a buyer is looking for, makes the intrinsic value of Republic Ranches shine.

 

Being a 4th generation Texan, Charles Davidson represents the strength, honor, pride and heart that is the ‘Texas State of Mind’, which makes him the man to turn to when looking to acquire the property of your dreams.

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Mr. Davidson, could you talk about growing up in Texas?

 

Since the early 1900’s my family has been a part of Texas. I was actually born and raised in the Houston area, but when I was still just a boy I became what you might call a bit of a ‘maverick’ when it came to city life. At a young age, I was extremely intrigued with rural Texas, and enjoyed everything the outdoors provided. Hunting, fishing, camping—I was enamored with the Great ‘Texas’ Outdoors, and leaned away from the more ‘industrial’ environments. My love of rural life grew over time. My volunteer efforts over the last several decades have centered around conservation, outdoor pursuits and enhancing wildlife populations, wildlife habitat and native rangelands. I also ranch a bit in the western Hill Country.

 

Texas landowners speak a great deal about the ‘love’ of the land. Can you touch upon any differences you’ve seen over time in regards to purchasing real estate for only financial reasons, versus purchasing land in order to set up a family home/ranch?

 

Many of our buyer clients have dreamed at one time or another of having their own ranch. They don’t view it as a strictly financial investment. Of course, the financial value is there, but it really is that intrinsic value that plays a much more important role. Clients are looking for a place where the family can grow up and enjoy. Each client has their own unique objectives. They all have certain factors they want when it comes to the land they are purchasing, and when we at Republic Ranches are able to locate the property that is the best fit for them, it is extremely rewarding.

 

Making improvements to the land; revitalizing of habitats, conservation, etc. – is this also a frequently talked about subject with landowners?

 

Absolutely. Any landowner, whether they purchase property for family/recreational use, cattle ranching, farming…they add extra value to their property when choosing to enhance the landscape. Some choose to add water resources, restore native rangelands or enhance wildlife populations – but all of these decisions are complex. It is finding the correct enhancements, whether it be what species may not be fulfilling its potential and need to be more appropriately managed, or finding ways to improve the habitat, range or productivity – all things are taken into consideration so the right things can be done for the betterment of both the land and the species that thrive on it, ultimately providing value to the owner/steward.

 

It was interesting that even with the fall-out in the real estate market that occurred in the U.S., it seemed that Texas was able to muster on with client’s still buying and selling property. Can you speak on the current status of the Texas real estate market?  

 

The average sales price of large parcels of rural land in Texas was reported to be $2,160 per acre in 2013, with the first half of 2014 showing another approximate 9% increase, to about $2,350 an acre. We are fortunate in Texas to have an economy benefitting from the recent expansion of the energy sector. In turn, land markets in Texas benefit from discretionary and investment dollars in the hands of folks that recognize the value of land. This is all about the fact that the land is not only a high quality and diversifying asset for investors and landowners, but also generating better and happier mental well-being, offering a family security because they have ‘found’ what they truly wanted.

 

The heritage and history of Texas must also make it a draw for many of those people who dreamed of owning a ranch?

 

Heritage is most definitely tied to the land here. Texas is a private lands state with approximately 97% of the surface in private hands. We do not have national parks and forests around every corner, so there is a vast expanse of land for private owners to purchase, work, enjoy and share with guests; not to mention, pass down through future generations. And the history is amazing to learn about. Republic Ranches has true historical properties listed. Take one, the Coggin Ranch, as an example. This is a property that can be traced back to true pioneers who settled in Texas back in 1857. You are talking about a state and properties that were a part of early settlements, Comanche raids and battles—land with an intensive past where trials and tribulations were fought and won. So it is also a great thrill when we can place a landowner with properties like this, so they can continue to thrive centuries later.

 

Could you tell us about the recent announcement between Republic and Fay Ranches?

 

Fay Ranches and Republic Ranches have struck up an alliance that will further expand each company’s reach, adding to the number of services we can provide to a client. We are looking forward to working together to represent multi-generational families, high-net-worth individuals, as well as institutional money managers, in buying and selling properties. Fay is a firm located in the Rocky Mountain West. Closer to home, we are looking forward to teaming up on future New Mexico listings, and are already working together on projects that have come about through both company’s efforts. By combining forces, the client will receive more benefits, as well as a myriad of contacts to help all landowners with any number of projects they need help with.

 

Can you talk about the youth of today, and how the goal of getting kids back outside and away from the computer is a goal of Republic Ranches?

 

The youth perspective is what the future is all about. It all comes back to our value discussion again. The science is clear that getting kids back to nature and away from the indoors and their technology realms for a while is a great thing for them and their families. These are the generations that will be stewarding these properties one day, and getting their interest peaked is important; whether that be by sitting in a deer blind and waiting for the whitetail to arrive, walking the senderos of the brush country, or planning a camping excursion to enjoy the perfect fishing trip. All of these things are a whole lot of fun, and I love to see kids become just as enamored as I was at their age when it came to the Great Outdoors. Equally important is to instill in the youth of today a deep appreciation for the outdoors and our natural resources so that rural land will continue to be a high quality asset from a financial perspective.

 

Republic Ranches definitely has a focus on youth.  Each member of our team has benefitted from and enjoys passing on a family heritage of the outdoors. We are committed to making sure that all clients, no matter what they’re searching for, are matched with the property that best meets every one of their needs, including the engagement of the next generation.

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Whether already a part of the Texas land heritage and wish to expand or diversify; or, you are new to the land and wish to discover that ultimate place in the country, Republic Ranches is the name to remember. These are the ultimate ‘mavericks’ that want to work for their clients and provide them real value, so that their children’s children can learn, enjoy, and pass down the ‘Texas State of Mind’.

 

 

Original Source: Sportsmans Lifestyle.com

 

Getting the House You Want Increases the Re-Sale Value You Need

Getting the House You Want Increases the Re-Sale Value You Need

 ~ Sherry Gillam

As Spring comes… (I know, the people in the polar vortexes are screaming their heads off as the storm alphabet actually hits ‘W’ for this tumultuous year)…but bear with me…spring will come…I swear. And when those semi-warm months begin, those four walls that have Dragonfly-Spring-Florida-Roadtrekin.combeen driving you crazy all winter will call out to you.

 

You will need a relaxing freshening-up to relieve the stress of this horrid winter, so why not do some home improvements and kill two birds with one stone? You will relax and have fun while bringing a new look to your home, and the house will be far better and way easier to sell in this over-crowded real estate market.

 

Everything from maintenance to repair to a general overhaul of a specific room that you would love to make beautiful again…home improvement projects help. People actually de-stress by getting that perfect facelift for the house they love.

 

Do-it-yourself may seen difficult and a pro is what you wish to hire in order to get the job done. But DIY remodeling projects are a great deal of fun. Projects that can happen in a weekend, to projects that will take several weekends, bring life to the house. Think about replacing flooring, or perhaps add on to the bathroom with antique faucets and cabinetry. Perhaps you want to put in new, elegant trim work, or replace windows and doors that will not only create more beauty, but also save money by using more solar power instead of dealing with mammoth heating bills next year.

 

Many people revamp the kitchen with updated appliances. The appliances on the market that people are choosing from also save money for the homeowner; as well as geothermal heating and cooling units that distribute perfectly level warmth and cool in every room, all year, no matter what is happening outside.

 

In addition, remodeling projects can give the owner extra space. And when it comes to the outside, improving your curb appeal by renovating and painting the exterior of your home will cause you to smile.

 

A home’s square footage is very important when it comes to reselling, and both big and small changes that extend a room and give you more valuable storage space is something that every potential buyer looks for.

 

That heating, ventilation and air conditioning system surely needs an overhaul. Same goes for updating plumbing and electrical systems.

 

Extra perks that can be added to a home are waterproof basements, soundproof rooms, even adding in a sound system that plays effortlessly through the house can improve your home and state of mind.

 

As with anything in life, the foundation has to be strong. Not to mention, the roof over your head has to be the highest quality for safety, money-saving issues, and resale value. So if you’re looking for a bigger project to take on, these would be the two areas of the house you should really concentrate on.

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In the end, choosing a home improvement project to put the smile back on your face after this horrific winter, is a truly great way to go! The house becomes an even better dwelling, and you get to make something beautiful. After looking at all that snow a beautiful, warm, sunlit room is just what the doctor ordered.

The Landowner Queen

 

 by Carmen Schwartz

Among the kings, like Ted Turner and others, stands Anne Marion. This is a woman who not only has intelligence and a true love of the land, but also has the class and sass that the world needs in order to thrive.

 

Owning 345,000 acres, Anne Marion is famous for owning the vast 6666 Ranch near Guthrie, Texas; as well as the Dixon Creek Ranch 6666 ranch 2located near Panhandle.

It’s no surprise that Anne Marion knows her business, seeing as that she is the fourth generation heir to Samuel Burnett – a man known by one and all in the Lone Star State for purchasing more than a third of a million acres by the early 1900s.

 

The 6666 Ranch is not only a successful operation, it is also one of the most interesting facets of Texas history. Samuel Burnett was a Captain with the nickname of “Burk.” But it was in 1868, after purchasing 100 head of cattle that wore the “6666” brand, that his true career began.

 

Anyone in the industry will give a shout-out to the 6666 brand as being the one given to only A+ bred cattle; not to mention the other golden nuggets that come with the ranch, such as championship horses and oil that never seems to stop flowing.

 

6666 ranchAlthough the Queen of the 6666 Ranch was once referred to as “Little Anne,” her full name is Anne Burnett Windfohr Marion. This is a lady who owns the same high-quality degree of determination, creativity, and true passion for the life that comes from working the land – that “Burk” enjoyed.

 

“The Four Sixes,” can claim a truly amazing historic line which is only one of the reasons why it is among the most respected in the country. Quarter Horse stallions, elite broodmares – these animals produce some of the greatest race, ranch and sale horses in the nation – and they are all a part of what 6666 has to offer.

 

The 6666 Ranch is the headquarters for Anne, but the Dixon Creek Ranch is never overlooked. Dixon Creek has its own focus that spotlights the areas of water and range management. Environmentalism and conservation is key at Dixon Creek, where they work to restore native grasses and improve natural resources. When you’re speaking about the need for renewable or alternative energy sources (windmills, pipeline tubs, dirt tanks, etc.), Anne Marion makes sure that her ranches are constantly working to reduce the carbon footprint and show others what taking these extra steps can do in creating a success.

 

And the benefits to the public and the land do not stop there. Anne Marion’s ranches also provide a full range of equine veterinary services, and are the ones to go to when looking for information on both stallion breeding and mare management.

 

Just to add in a little extra fun — The 6666 ranch has the 6666 Supply House. Again, this is a building with an immense amount of 6666ranch.comhistory behind it. “Burk” built The Supply House in 1900, as a place where his employees and others from the surrounding ranches could come and purchase everything they needed. This is the original General Store, if you will, that made sure everything from fresh fruit to special luxuries were on hand for the family.

 

And family is exactly what the 6666 employees were and still remain. “Burk” not only offered goods, but he also operated The Supply Store as a bank for his employees. The Captain kept his office within the House and spent a lot of time sleeping in the back room so he could always stay on top of things.

 

The general public in the 21st Century loves the 6666 souvenirs that the Supply House has to offer. And some items from the ‘old’ days, like tobacco, leather and tack, and jeans can still be found within its walls.

 

When it comes down to it: The 6666 Ranch, The Supply House, Dixon Creek, the incredible history, and the still premium, superior work they do in the industry, makes this a treasure that “Burk” and “Little Anne” can certainly be proud of!

 

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The Hard Work & Integrity of an American Entrepreneur

 

 by James Moore

Most likely, back in 1927, no one thought a four-year-old boy who moved with his parents from Houston to Galveston, where they created McCoy Roofing Company, would one day be on the list of America’s top landowners. It probably never crossed their minds that he would one day be remembered as one of the best and brightest entrepreneurs this country has ever seen. But…that’s exactly what happened.

 

The man, Emmett McCoy, is known best as being the founder of McCoy’s Building Supply – a huge lumber and building materials chain that includes over eighty stores nationwide. But there is far more to the McCoy story than that.

 

It was Tom Brokaw, the well-known journalist, who brought the phrase – The Greatest Generation – to the American people. He spokeRockpileRanchTX_fi about this generation as being the ones who had to grow up and struggle under the veil of the Great Depression. Going on to fight WWII, this generation also included those on the home front who worked, toiled, built and basically made America come back to life with their contributions to the war effort, as well as the country, itself.

 

Emmett McCoy was one of those people who truly was the epitome of all The Greatest Generation stood for. When speaking about hard work and commitment, as well as being a valuable asset to this country, Emmett McCoy could’ve been a poster child for what that generation was all about.

 

Working hard in the family business while growing up, Emmett worked his way through his early life before going on to New York Trade School. When WWII came upon the country, Emmett became a part of the Army and served in the Pacific theater.

 

When returning to Texas, McCoy went back into the family business, married and had a family before taking over the helm of McCoy Roofing in 1950. It was from there that McCoy Building Supply came into being, and the ‘cash-and-carry’ basis that Emmett used to sell became a remarkable concept to the business world – a concept that would be utilized in a variety of industries.

 

In 1962, Emmett put his hand in yet another pie, so to speak, when he and his wife purchased their very first ranch property on the Blanco River. This first purchase became the solid foundation that would allow the McCoy family to dive head-first into ranching and the cattle business. McCoy purchases continued when it came to the land; from the 7 Springs Ranch in West Texas to the historic Rockpile Ranch.

 

For those who are unaware, The Rockpile Ranch can truly claim their historic roots. In fact, it was part of  a legacy in the Old West. The Reynolds family appeared in the Lone Star State in 1847, choosing Texas to begin what would one day become a real ranching dynasty. The brand was ‘X’ and the Reynolds found themselves living through droughts, hostile Indians and everything else the Old West had to offer back in the 1800’s. One Reynolds’ purchase  was 380,000 acres in size, and included the town of Kent where the Rockpile Ranch was located.

 

It was in 1935 that the holdings were divided to the heirs and Rockpile passed from W.D. Reynolds to his son, John; then on to John’s daughter after a time. McCoy Remme Ranches, Ltd., which was then known as McCoy Land and Cattle, purchased the Rockpile Ranch in 1992.

 

But Rockpile is not only about elite ranching property or a very cool history, it is also a famous geologic feature of the Davis Mountains.

 

With Emmett McCoy’s passing at the age of 88, McCoy’s Building Supply still lives on, and is one of the largest family-owned lumberyard chains in the U.S.. And when it comes to the land, McCoy Remme Ranches, Ltd. is still a traditional cow-calf operation, keeping the goal of raising their Black Angus cattle with state-of-the-art range management and stewardship.

 

In the end, Emmett McCoy – a member of the Greatest Generation – left behind a great legacy. Hard work, a never-say-die attitude, and a pure gentleman – the McCoy name not only finds a place on the list of top American landowners, but it’s also etched a place in history as being the absolute best.

 

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The Land Report: Representing an Exclusive Club

 

by James Moore 

There are many exclusive clubs and organizations in this world, but the American landowner is one that is rich with skill, talent, agricultural expertise, and in-depth knowledge of all areas that pertain to the much-valued land of the United States.

 

This is one industry filled with recognizable and completely silent individuals who call many different locations home. Some of these landowners are the global moguls who have properties focused on everything from environmental conservation to the ultimate TheLandReport1investment to the richest areas that provide hunters exclusive rights to the healthiest herds in existence. Other names in this exclusive club work the small farm or ranch; their families thrive because of their love for the land they work.

 

What is special about the United States is the fact that we are such a varied nation, and the American landowner is a true supporter of each and every difference we have. The only point that remains the same is that all of their club members have a passion for the land underneath our feet.

 

AMForestConsultants_fiFrom purchasing that ultimate property to selling a piece of land that is perfect for the landowner out there who’s been searching for ‘home,’ the American landowner must keep up with all the latest news, trends, real estate offerings, new brokers, as well as the ‘golden oldies’ with track records that include millions of acres sold, amassing billions of dollars for their clients.

 

They need to know the topography, soil issues, taxes, new and updated laws – and the landowner must have this information at their fingertips. Seeing as that the farmer and rancher work hard all day, they need to have a ‘supplier’ of data that will give them everything they need to know with just one click. Enter…The Land Report.

 

The Land Report has long been recognized as ‘The Magazine of the American Landowner.’ They are the company that employs content specialists, field reporters, and makes sure to compile all there is to know regarding the United States land, real estate and agricultural communities so that the American landowner can find everything (and more) right on LandReport.com.

 

The landowner’s passion is immense, and because of this unwavering passion The Land Report has updated LandReport.com to be even more spectacular. No matter the lifestyle led or the locale it’s led in, The Land Report makes sure they provide everything and roberts-ranch-feat1-192x120more that the American landowner needs to know.

 

On their brand new website, LandReport.com brings readers a fully updated, categorized and stunning site that the new, existing and potential landowner can use with ease. They can read profiles about other successful landowners across the U.S., while learning new ways to improve and conserve land; as well as reading up on the new legislation while still being able to delve into the expansive market of outdoor gear and equipment.

 

LandReport.com is not just a website, it is a guide. Contributors, editors and reporters, all come together in order to serve the American landowner; they are a guide through the complexities of the industry, and they have remained the best because of the hard work they do.

 

On LandReport.com the American landowner will receive a database chock full of credible and relevant stories. The daily headlines are a ‘must-read’ for landowners who want to stay up-to-date on topics that matter most to them, and the social community that makes up this exclusive club is supportive and productive.

 

In other words…head to LandReport.com today and check out this incredibly detailed site built and updated for the most exclusive club in America.

 

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Integrity is What Thomas O’Connor Brought to the Realm of LandOwnership

 

 

by Patrick Qualls

To not only be one of the largest landowners in the nation, but to also have a town named after you because of all the respect you’ve gained during your lifetime, is basically unheard of. But when it comes to the namesake of Port O’Connor, Texas, this is one  family that dates back for over 180 years; a family that brought pride and change to the Lone Star State.

 

In modern day times, D.M. O’Connor Heirs definitely make it into the top 25 largest landowners in the country. With more than images500,000 acres, the O’Connor family has been working the land for a good long time, with cattle ranching being their main mission. In the land there was ‘black gold’, and when the oil was found, the O’Connor name grew ever larger.

 

Traveling from Ireland in 1834, a cattle rancher by the name of, Thomas O’Connor, came to Texas. Granted 4,428 acres of land from the Mexican government situated in Refugio County, O’Connor aided surveyors in platting Refugio. The very next year, he joined up with the Texas cause against his benefactors.

 

This was a hero. In 1835, at the age of only seventeen, Thomas was the youngest man to go to battle in the War of San Jacinto. (A member of Captain Philip Dimitt’s company). He was issued 640 acres of land for having participated. In 1838, being a member of the Army Cavalry, he received another 320 acres for his service

 

It was the sale of saddletrees that provided him with horses; and between his assets and the woman he married (Mary Fagan), Thomas O’Connor became the core owner of the vast lands and cattle holdings in that neck of the woods. He was even a part of the settlers who drove out the Karankawa Indians after their attack at Kemper’s Bluff.

 

Cattle in TexasSelling his herd for $140,000, Thomas invested in only land, and as time progressed, this war hero and highly-esteemed man acquired the more than 500,000 fenced acres and 100,000 cattle in Refugio, and surrounding counties. With an estate valued at $4.5 million when he passed away, O’Connor had achieved the status of largest individual land and cattle owner in Texas. The O’Connor heirs have worked to maintain this hero’s legacy ever since.

 

Port O’Connor is the name of the town that this man’s work is heralded by. Once a fishing settlement called Alligator Head, the popularity of this area grew, bringing in permanent residents as well as tourists to the area. Alligator Head was dropped as the name in 1912, as the town took on the name of its main land owner at the time, Thomas M. O’Connor.

 

But cattle is not the only industry Port O’Connor is involved in. In addition to cattle herding and fishing, Port O’Connor also is a large producer of both figs and citrus fruit.

 

Hit hard by Mother Nature over the years, Port O’Connor had to live through four hurricanes. The 1919 Florida Keys Hurricane actually destroyed the town; residents worked hard to bring it back to life. But again in 1942 and ‘45 the mighty winds struck. It wasn’t until 1961 that the town was actually able to thrive once again. Business boomed and people began to resettle when the Matagorda Island Air Force Base became a part of their very active surroundings. But the fourth tragedy, Hurricane Carla, came along to ruin that, as well.

 

Like it’s namesake, Port O’Connor has worked. They have fought their battles which would have made Thomas O’Connor proud. And they are still working and surviving with their tourism, commercial fisheries and even the petrochemical industry.

 

Thomas O’Connor is in the history books for many amazing achievements, fighting battles for taxes, assessments – everything that could benefit the ranching realm. But above all, he is remembered as the man who lived and fought with integrity, making him a true and eternal leader in the land of Texas.

 

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Source: Baret News Wire

Whether Ranch or Stadium ‘Silent Stan’ Loves the Turf

 

 

 by   Samantha Lewis

The name he goes by is Stan Kroenke, and although he’s widely known in the world of sports, it may come as a surprise to many that agriculture seems to be his deepest passion.

 

Being the owner of 740,000 acres, Kroenke strives to give the land and agricultural community as many benefits as his sports teams. stanIn fact, he actually got his start in real estate – heading for the open plains before ever heading for the turf that plays home to the St. Louis Rams.

 

Stan’s company runs cow-calf operations at both the Cedar Creek and PV Ranches in Montana, as well as Q Creek Land & Livestock which runs up to 12,000 yearlings on 550,000+ acres located in Wyoming. Let’s just say that between sports and his passion for land, Stan has a lot on his plate.

 

Being an All-American sports fanatic was in Stan’s blood from the very beginning of his life. He came into the world and received the name Enos Stanley, which stood for St. Louis Cardinal greats, Enos “Country” Slaughter and Stan “The Man” Musial. Right then, Stan should’ve known that American sports was going to be a draw for him for the rest of time.

 

Stan’s wife also comes from a business magnate background; Ann Walton Kroenke just happens to be the daughter of Wal-Mart cofounder Bud Walton.

 

Kroenke Sports Enterprises is all Stan’s, and the menu of ownership is long: The NFL’s St. Louis Rams is most definitely not the only team on the list. Kroenke Sports also owns NBA’s Denver Nuggets; Major League Soccer team, the Colorado Rapids; Colorado Mammoth of the National Lacrosse League, and the NHL’s Colorado Avalanche. He can even claim being the largest shareholder of Arsenal, which is an English football club.

 

With an estimated worth of 4.1 billion (Forbes) in 2012, Kroenke and his Sports Enterprises are doing quite well. Stan even got together and joined other heavily-laden wallets (Denver Broncos owner Pat Bowlen and former QB John Elway), to become part-owner of the Arena Football League’s Colorado Crush.

 

His list of sports teams, clubs, arenas – you name it in sports – is extensive and varied. But the most interesting part about Stan is the fact that this is no Jerry Jones we’re talking about. Lovingly titled ‘Silent Stan,’ Kroenke stays away from the press, never giving interviews. He’s basically a quiet man, never walking the sidelines to boast or scream at players. It seems that the core of Kroenke is much like the calm tranquility that his acreage provides.

 

stan 2Making massive news back in 2012, Stan purchased Montana’s historic Broken O Ranch. Broken O is 124,000 acres that’s home to one of the most expansive and versatile agricultural operations located in the Rocky Mountain West. Spread across three counties, the original owners took twenty-five years amassing this land and worked hard to make it into one of the most grand and highly-valued investments in the world.

 

Kroenke Ranches, with this purchase, is seen as the finest cattle and farming operations company in the United States, and ‘Silent Stan’ is using his quiet time to make sure that all his ranches do well while also building on the incredible legacy of Broken O.

 

From hunting to recreational amenities, Kroenke’s biggest area of interest for his land is agriculture. He is absolutely committed to improving the agricultural community, and because of his hard work he’s earned a solid reputation as a high-caliber individual.

 

Whether watching the QB throw the winning touchdown, or overseeing operations on a ranch, Stan Kroenke has certainly shown to the world that he is an All-American landowner.

 

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Source: Baret News Wire

Florida’s Largest Private Landowner Proves Things are Not Always

 

Florida’s Largest Private Landowner Proves Things are Not Always as They Seem

by Orlando Beach

The Sunshine State invokes visions of citrus groves, the smell of oranges ripening in the air, and Mickey Mouse meeting up with Harry Potter in Orlando. When it comes to talking about Florida land, the vision that arrives is usually a swamp with the gator sliding lazily through the scene just waiting to snap its jaws. However, things are not always as they seem. In fact, Florida’s largest private landowner is a corporation that is based on timberland.

 

Plum Creek Timber contributes more than $16 billion to Florida’s economy each year, by managing 590,000 acres of timberland located primarily in the west and northwest areas of the state.

 

Instead of being a part of Mickey Mouse’s homeland, Plum Creek is known far and wide for their unbreakable commitment to the environment – from the growing and harvesting of trees to protecting and maintaining wildlife, plants, soil and water quality. Regeneration is key when it comes to this Plum Creek 3company, and the work that is constantly put into preserving habitats comprises a list a mile long. So, yes…the gators are most definitely helped.

 

For those who don’t know the area, there are immense tracks of timberland framed by rows of tall, skinny slash pines; these trees yield a great many resources from pulp to rosin to timber, turpentine and more. Filling in the Jacksonville, Lake City, Gainesville triangle, these tracts are more than historical. Dating back over a century, these lands were owned by familiar names, one being Georgia-Pacific, that worked hard to keep the area rural when suburbia was closing in.

 

Headquartered in Seattle, Plum Creek embedded themselves in Florida in 2001, merging with Georgia-Pacific’s Timber Company. Owning almost 600,000 acres spread out across twenty-two counties, allows Plum Creek Timber to reign as number one on the top of Florida’s ten largest private landowners list.

 

PLum Creek 2When you combine the full ten, you’re speaking about a group that owns at least a tenth of Florida’s entire land area, and most all of the companies are focused on timberland. Extremely important when it comes to Florida’s economic stance, from jobs being produced to keeping the freshwater resources and wildlife habitats intact, these landowners work to preserve agriculture and develop new business sectors in the process.

 

Geographically diverse, Plum Creek will continue to focus on actively managing the timberlands; investing appropriately in the markets and harvesting trees at the best point in time to help Florida make money and allow habitats to thrive.

 

This is sustainable forestry at its finest, with Plum Creek selling timber to customers throughout the United States. This means better manufacturing of wood, pulp and paper products worldwide. The timberlands acquired by this company use silviculture, which is the practice of controlling the plum creekestablishment, growth and quality of forests to meet the diverse needs and values of the community. The results add to timber inventory, investments and manufacturing.

 

Being the first and largest Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT), many invest in Plum Creek because owning shares in a timber REIT will allow them to increase their cash flow. This is a natural resource that’s thriving, and there are others to be considered. Within those trees lie natural gas, oil, minerals, stone and more. By maximizing the value of the timberlands, Plum Creek also delves into the resources that are just below the surface.

 

The name Plum Creek extends beyond Florida, with the REIT owning land in states from Maine to Wisconsin; but the pines in Florida will allow even more of an economic windfall when it comes to the biofuels industry. (The timber will be used in biomass-burning plants scheduled in southern Georgia, Gainesville and other locations).

 

Adding to that master plan is the creation of an inland port in Lake City, which is a community development just north of Gainesville. Plum Creek is also looking to merge with Floridians to develop an economic/conservation plan using 70,000 acres in Alachua County. Here, it is expected that one of the most unique developments in Florida’s history will be created.

 

In other words, move over Mickey, Plum Creek is most definitely number one on Florida’s economic ladder.

 

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Source: Baret News Wire