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With falling oil prices, investors are betting it will be an opportune time to buy Texas ranchland, according to a report by the New York Times.

Jay Ellis of Dallas-based Sporting Ranch Capital is raising $100 million from investors to buy “trophy ranches” that owners want to sell “quickly and quietly” – as their personal portfolios fluctuate with the price of oil.

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Black Bridge Ranch is a rare opportunity to have over 4 miles of Brazos River frontage in the heart of Central Texas.

Enjoy several amazing views of the river from multiple lookout points. The ranch at 10987 FM 979 in Cameron, TX, has a lush, rolling terrain with very mature hardwoods throughout.

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Chrystal Fall Ranch, 0 FM 283 in Eliasville, TX, has about 4,000 acres, including more than a mile of river frontage along the Clear Fork of the Brazos River. Photos / Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty

Investing in land is one of the greatest investment strategies available to build wealth. One reason is because of scarcity – we can’t make any more land. As the supply shrinks and the demand increases, the value goes up.

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Moon River Ranch in Falls County is listed for $7,900,000. Photos / Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty

As the nation’s 11th longest river meanders from New Mexico to the Gulf Coast, it passes one of the most spectacular trophy ranches in Central Texas.

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Only 90 minutes from the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex and the Austin area, the Moon River Ranch on a bend in the Brazos River has played host to numerous weddings, corporate retreats and family reunions in recent years.
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Bitter Creek Ranch, southeast of Amarillo, Texas, has amazing water features not commonly found on working cattle ranches in this part of the state – and great outdoors spaces to enjoy them. Listed for $33,861,275. Photos / Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty

The market for ranches, lake homes and other “getaway” properties are on the upswing in the Dallas region. Our Ranch and Land Division reports that properties in the $1 million market are moving fast.
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Historic Bitter Creek Ranch. Listed for $33,861,275. Photos / Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty

If you’ve had the opportunity to work with our company’s Ranch and Land division, which we opened about four years ago, you know how bullish I am on owning a piece of rural America. 

To have the opportunity to “buy American” and “buy America” are both exciting prospects to me. Increasingly, many of our clients have seen ranchland play as a savvy, yet safe investment for their real estate portfolios.
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Enjoy breathtaking views at Bitter Creek Ranch, listed for $33,861,275 or $950 an acre. Photos / Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty

Charles Goodnight, the “father of the Texas Panhandle,” is a legendary figure who inspired the popular Lonesome Dove novels and films and whom historian J. Frank Dobie said “approached greatness more nearly than any other cowman of history.”

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With Oliver Loving, Goodnight drove cattle north in 1866 on the Goodnight-Loving Trail. He invented the chuck wagon and established the Panhandle Stockman’s Association to improve cattle-breeding and fight rustlers and outlaws.

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A decade later, to take advantage of available grass, timber, water and game, Goodnight joined Irishman John Adair in founding the JA Ranch in Palo Duro Canyon, the Panhandle’s first ranch.

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Today the Bitter Creek Ranch, with 35,643 acres, was once the mare pasture of the historic JA Ranch.
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View the lake from a 1,000-foot covered deck that stretches across the back of the house at 1928 CR 4825 in Henderson County. Great Western Ranch is being offered for $2,350,000. Photos / Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty

1928 CR 4825, Great Western Ranch, Athens, 75752, Briggs Freeman Sotheby's luxury home for sale in Dallas Fort Worth-entry

On the banks of a shimmering East Texas lake stands a world-class estate that looks like a Hollywood movie set and offers an exceptional lifestyle for a large family or multiple families. Enjoy a sweeping view of Lake Athens from the centerpiece of this resort-like property—a 1,000-foot covered deck that stretches across the back of the house. It’s the place that friends and family will gather to watch the sunset over the lake or enjoying the latest movie or game, while grilling a steak and relaxing beside the fireplace.

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Large properties such as the historic Robinson Ranch in Blanco County are attracting interest from international investors. Listed for $10,395,625. Photos / Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty

This week, Robbie Briggs, President and CEO of Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty, travels to Hong Kong to meet with investors who favor the legacy and opportunities found in Texas land.

Robbie and Ben in Beijing

“Throughout the region we find businessmen, wealthy investors and professionals who have a strong interest in U.S. real estate,” said Briggs, who recently lived in China for three years. “They want to buy homes. And they have a strong desire to own Texas ranches, farms and land.”
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Hat Creek Ranch, which has spring-fed creeks, two large dams with low water crossings, 11 active water wells and three one- to two-acre stock tanks. The ranch is listed for $9,950,000. Photos / Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty

2223 CR 181 Blackwell 79506, Hat Creek Ranch, Briggs Freeman Sotheby's luxury home for sale in Dallas Fort Worth-lake

Finding spring-fed ponds and creeks on a west Texas ranch is exceptionally rare. But not at the 2,883-acre Hat Creek Ranch, which has spring-fed creeks, two large dams with low water crossings, 11 active water wells and three one- to two-acre stock tanks. In addition to the water, the topography is breathtaking, with hundreds of feet in elevation changes.

2223 CR 181 Blackwell 79506, Hat Creek Ranch, Briggs Freeman Sotheby's luxury home for sale in Dallas Fort Worth-animals

Just south of Sweetwater, Hat Creek Ranch at 2223 CR 181 in Blackwell also has extraordinary hunting, with a wide variety of animals including whitetail, fallow and axis deer; gemsbok; Corsican, red and aoudad sheep; plus dove, turkey and a re-emerging quail population.
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