View of landscape at Rancho Agua Grande in Texas

Here are the land-news trends and highlights from Lands of America in June 2016.

Largest New Listing

june 2016 land news
Fly-fishing at Wyoming’s 69,550-acre Marton Ranch

69,550 ACRES | NATRONA COUNTY, WYOMING | $28,000,0003267923

Marton Ranch is a resource-rich working livestock ranch that includes eight miles of North Platte River frontage, as well as numerous creeks, wells, springs and reservoirs spread throughout the well-watered property. The North Platte’s tailwater section below Grey Reef Reservoir is considered one of the best wild-trout fisheries in Wyoming, and is home to a healthy number of trophy rainbow and brown trout. Rising from an elevation of 5,300 feet along the Platte River to 7,500 feet near Bear Mountain, the habitat here is ideal for livestock grazing as well as robust populations of pronghorn antelopes, mule deer, elk and upland game birds. The ranch was first listed for sale on June 3.

Most Expensive New Listing

View of landscape at Rancho Agua Grande in Texas
View of landscape at Rancho Agua Grande in Texas

17,132 ACRES | KINNEY COUNTY, TEXAS | $100,000,000 | 3307452

Listed on June 21, Rancho Agua Grande is an exceptional live-water ranch in southwest Texas, boasting an incredible diversity of terrain across its 17,132 acres. Split by seven miles of the year-round Live Oak Creek, which is fed by more than 30 springs, the ranch supports abundant wildlife, from local game to non-native wildlife species including kangaroos, camels, zebras, gemsbok and water buffalo. Along with its impressive bonafides as a commercial hunting venue, the ranch features eight antique cabins plus an expansive 6,000-square-foot lodge for hosting private events or corporate retreats.

Counties With Most Listings

Turnkey equestrian ranch for sale in Yavapai County, Arizona
Turnkey equestrian ranch for sale in Yavapai County, Arizona

As with previous months, Arizona’s Maricopa County numbered the most land listings with 2,856 properties and land acreage for sale. Maricopa is the biggest county in Arizona and comprises the sprawling Phoenix/Scottsdale metropolitan area, which has a population of over four million people. California’s San Bernardino County, which lies to the east of Los Angeles, ranked second (2,751 listings), followed by Yavapai County (2,495 listings), an 8,128-square-mile county located between Phoenix and Flagstaff, Arizona.

Most Searched Counties

The ten most searched counties on Lands of America in June continued to be centered around the ranch-rich locales of Texas Hill Country. Hunt County, a satellite of the Dallas-Fort Worth metro area, broke into the top 10 last month.

  1. Kerr County (no change month-over-month; 1,817,247)
  2. Gillespie County (+1 MoM; 1,534,825)
  3. Bandera County (+2 MoM; 1,327,241)
  4. Edwards County (-2 MoM; 1,307,366)
  5. Kendall County (+1 MoM; 1,158,633)
  6. Williamson County (+2 MoM; 1,156,257)
  7. Burnet County (-3 MoM; 1,049,405)
  8. Lampasas County  (+2 MoM; 1,037,265)
  9. Houston County (-2 MoM; 928,641)
  10. Hunt County (NEW; 879,038)

Top Keyword Searches

June saw the arrival of our new property types feature, meaning sellers can now classify their listings with up to three property types (including as farms, ranches, hunting land and waterfront property; view the full list of new property-type searches below). This powerful new feature offers a robust way for land buyers to view properties organized by specific land-use type, plus see land listings with or without on-property residences for sale. Other top keyword searches included queries for “olive,” “quail” and “pond.”

Note to sellers: When adding new property listings, be sure to complete as much of your listing profile as possible—the more information you include, the more ways a buyer can find via the various search tools and filters we have available on the Lands of America platform! (For a more thorough look at ways to optimize your land listing, read “5 Ways to Maximize Your Listings“, which appeared in the summer issue of the REALTORS Land Institute’s Terra Firma magazine.)


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