Studying Rural Land Trends In The Lone Star State Studying Rural Land Trends In The Lone Star State

Studying Rural Land Trends In The Lone Star State

Volume 1  Land 

Published: October 1, 2015


The name Republic Ranches, LLC is commonly known, and the company is frequently sought out because of the fact that a skilled and extremely knowledgeable crew in all backgrounds of farm and ranch real estate make up the team. With five offices located in or near the major metropolitan areas (Austin, Corpus Christi, Dallas, Hondo, Houston, San Antonio) the people of Republic Ranches are true land stewards. Whether it is regarding equestrian ranches, working farms and ranches or land purchased for recreation purposes, this is the crew that buyers and sellers want on their side because of the data and information they provide.

When speaking about rural land trends in the state of Texas, there are many factors that have to be taken into account. The Texas population has increased by 36%, with 87% of the increase occurring in 25 counties. The total land conversion from these counties is 54%, with Texas working lands going through a fundamental change.


Rural land areas (native landscapes) have been threatened by suburbanization, rural development and land fragmentation occurring because of the growth in population. As it is with most states, Texas does face issues of losing rural land as the metro areas grows larger and larger by the minute. However, a vast majority of Texas land is part of a farm, ranch or forest, which still makes it the ultimate location for buyers and sellers who not only want to create a successful business and/or vacation property, but also want to find the best property for investment opportunities.

Rural land is actually a necessity for the state. Acreage referred to as “working lands” is responsible for helping the state retain water resources as a gathering point for letting rain infiltrate the ground and circulate into aquifers. In other words, even though the size of the farms and ranches are growing smaller, they are ‘must-haves’ when it comes to keeping the Lone Star State healthy.

Texas rural land prices are quoted by many sources. Regional reports are the result of an overview of prices that are then adjusted to a standardized distribution of acreages in seven regional markets. There is also a statewide analysis of land price trends in general that can be found, indicating the broad base of market trends in the Lone Star State.

Rural land prices come from the reported sales of transactions that are in-depth, meaning the data reported comes not only from the money that switched hands, it is also based on the overall price paid per acre and what

the land will be used for. In addition, the conditions of the land bought and/or sold is taken into account so that prospective buyers can see what is growing where, what regions are the best for a buyer’s specific needs, and more.

The Texas A&M Institute of Renewable Natural Resources surveys all land trends, issuing a report performed every five years. According to the last survey taken, Texas lost approximately one million acres of open space lands between 1997 and 2012, yet there is still a high number of acreage for the farmer, rancher, investor or vacationing landowner to choose from. The average land value within the top 25 fastest growing counties was $5,266 per acre in 2012, compared to the state-wide average of $1,573 per acre.

In Texas, more than 95 percent of land is privately owned, which poses unique challenges. As more and more interested buyers come forth to grab their own slice of Texas, the rural land values will continue to thrive.

Browse current Ranches For Sale in Texas from Republic Ranches.

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Rocking Chair Ranch


This legacy property checks all the boxes with multiple residential dwellings, a working ranch and expansion options – all within a majestic setting that is rarely available in today’s intermountain West. The property’s expansive and varied landscape provides year-round recreational activities for all ages and interests, making this ranch ideal for multi-generational or expansive families.

$21,000,000 | 4,660± Acres

Monarch Ranch


A rare jewel in the desert, the Monarch Ranch is located on over 5 miles of the pristine Devils River 30 miles upstream from Lake Amistad. Stunning views of the Devils River Basin and deep canyons greet visitors to the ranch as you climb over 300’ from the river. Fantastic hunting and fishing, miles of paved roads and a 6,000’ lighted and paved airport runway make the ranch extremely accessible in this dramatic country.

$26,089,700 | 40,138± Acres

Buckskin Ranch


An incomparable recreational ranch located in one of Colorado’s most scenic settings of the Mt. Wilson massif. The main ranch house, originally designed for movie director Oliver Stone and re-envisioned by Lyle Berman, a high stakes poker maverick and entrepreneurial tycoon, is open and inviting with two-story iron buttresses creating an outdoor peaceful setting within the structure.

$24,500,000 | 1,418± Acres



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