Eric O’Keefe

Federal Reserve Bullish on Great Plains

Farmland in Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Wyoming, and parts of New Mexico jumped 20 percent in the third quarter of 2008, according to a report released by the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City this week. Here are some of the

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Posted in Cattle, Eric OKeefe, Farming, Feature, Great Plains, News Desk, Public Land, Regional News, Southwest

Timberland Outperforms the S&P 500?

That’s one of the conclusions from this report that ran online at Forbes.com a few weeks ago titled Cut Down Portfolio Risk With Timber. I had fully expected the author, Robert Stammers, to be a shill for an organization tied to the

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Posted in Equities, Eric OKeefe, Feature, News Desk, Timber, Topics

Sold! $50 Million of Recreational Land at Midwest Auction

These days investing in the stock market is not for the faint of heart, and in markets from coast to coast thousands of developer-owned condos now sit vacant. But when it comes to land, there’s no shortage of motivated buyers. That’s the takeaway

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Posted in Auctions, Eric OKeefe, Farming, Feature, Hunting, Midwest, News Desk, Recreation, Regional News, Timber, Topics

Yellowstone Club Files for Bankruptcy

The world’s only private ski and golf community has sought bankruptcy protection. The Yellowstone Club, an exclusive 13,400-acre retreat in Montana’s Gallatin Mountains whose members include Microsoft cofounder Bill Gates and former vice president Dan Quayle, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in

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Posted in Bankruptcy, Developers, Eric OKeefe, Feature, News Desk, Recreation, Regional News, Residential Property, Timber, Topics, West

JOE Reports 3Q Loss

Florida’s largest private landowner, The St. Joe Company, reported a third quarter net loss of $19.2 million (21 cents a share) on Tuesday. JOE’s President and CEO Britt Greene cited the global financial crisis and the dowturn in the Florida.

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Posted in Energy, Eric OKeefe, Feature, News Desk, Regional News, Residential Property, South, Timber, Topics

Property Tax Appeals on the Rise

Last week we took note of the great disparity in property tax rates from state to state with New Jersey levying an astounding $2,642 per citizen on the high end and Alabama charging its citizens an average of $477 by comparison. Now Investor’s Business Daily

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Lessons of the Barnett Shale

Although I don’t agree with the conclusion of this excellent article in Sunday’s Dallas Morning News – that the biggest mineral play in the U.S. has gone bust – there is a lot of good hands-on reporting by Elizabeth Souder

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Lowest Property Taxes in U.S.? Alabama

Alabamans pay on average just $477 per person in property and real taxes. That’s one of the many conclusions of this 64-page background paper from the Washington-based Tax Foundation that was released earlier this month. But you already knew that because you

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Posted in Eric OKeefe, Feature, News Desk, Northeast, Regional News, South, Taxes

The Great Plague Returns?

Trees, leaves, and changing colors are one of the glorious rites of fall. Yet the more wild places I visit from coast to coast, the more it becomes apparent that it’s not crisp autumn nights that is coloring these trees and

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Posted in Eric OKeefe, Feature, News Desk, Northeast, Regional News, Timber, Topics, West

Sold! Osborne Cattle Company in the Nebraska Sandhills

Hall & Hall’s Denver office just closed on Nebraska’s Osborne Cattle Company. Located outside of Paxton in Keith and Lincoln Counties, the 20,452± deeded acres feature 2½ miles of North Platte River frontage and can run 2,000 mother cows. The ranch had been on

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Posted in Cattle, Eric OKeefe, Feature, Great Plains, News Desk, Regional News

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