New Office in Butte!

It gives us great pleasure to announce our affiliation with a group of top producing agents in a new market: Butte, Montana.  20-year veteran Bonnie Hawke will be our Managing Broker.  In addition to Bonnie, we are proud to affiliate Tina West, Katey White, Airika Lakkala, Sheena Dennehy and Clay Seccomb. Together, these agents own…

Montana Ranch Properties: Who We Are

At Montana Ranch Properties, we know land, resources, and recreation. Montana Ranch Properties is a specialized division of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Montana Properties. We are the highest ranked real estate firm in Montana. Our diverse and highly qualified brokers are located in 12 key areas throughout the state. We offer experience, expertise, credibility, and professionalism,…

A Trip to Dublin

Of course, the perfect weekend to fly into Ireland is the weekend that Hurricane Ophelia is scheduled to arrive! A once every 40-year occurrence I might add! A long-term goal of mine was to attend the Certified International Property Specialist (CIPS) training through the National Association of Realtors (NAR). Would I choose Dubai or Dublin?…

New Farm & Ranch Buyer Workshop: Land Buyer Preparedness

This November, a professional panel of MT Land Brokers spoke to new Farmers & Ranchers at the MT Farm Bureau Federation Annual Convention. The workshop, Beginning Farm & Ranch Buyer Preparedness, was created to help buyers to be better prepared when looking to purchase an agricultural property.   The key takeaway points from the workshop are true…

Montana Provides The Capital Christmas Tree In 2017

The tradition of the Capitol Christmas Tree, or “The People’s Tree,” began in 1964 when Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives John W. McCormack (D-MA) placed a live Christmas tree on the Capitol lawn. This tree lived three years before succumbing to wind and root damage.     In 1970, the Capitol Architect asked…

Retain Local Control Over Your Beef Checkoff!

Did you know that if Montana ranchers don’t sign a producer consent form, Montana will lose local control over the beef checkoff? Due to a recent court decision, Montana producers have to provide consent for half of the checkoff assessment to be retained in Montana. Without half of the assessment, Montana will no longer have…

Transferring the Family Ranch to the Next Generation

Farming and ranching is a Montana legacy. Montana family farms and ranches are traditionally passed on to the next generation. I recently sat down with a family to have this discussion over coffee. The process is challenging because it is comprised of economic, legal, and complex family social decisions. While some family members may want to stay on the land,…

A Balance of Passions

There are two passions in my life, real estate and cutting horses and I think all of us need to have a balance between our work and play. In my life one fuels the other but they also complement each other. I grew up on a ranch and we always looked at horses as a…

Managed Intensive Grazing

Ranchers and farmers are excellent stewards of their land and as a result, are constantly seeking new and improved methods of providing quality feed to their livestock without the need for fertilizing or weed control. The method that has grown in application and in success is the managed intensive grazing system, a method that goes…