What You Need to Know Before Starting a Custom Build

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Building your own home can come with a lot of perks. Having total control over the architecture, materials, and design sounds ideal; but that many decisions can come with a ton of stress! When you’re ready to begin designing your dream home, here’s how you can avoid the most common mistakes people make in their custom builds.

Prepare For Decision Fatigue

Starting from scratch with your dream home means that every component of your home is up to you, and only you. From the cabinet materials to the window style, you get to make the final call on each and every detail. Making the final call on your home’s most finite details can be exhilarating and exhausting. Stay focused by making a…

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The Hows and Whys of Water Gaps

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The Hows and Whys of Water Gaps

Water gaps are highways for all sorts of things on a ranch: water, fish, and cows? Let's hope not. 

The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence, and your cows know it. Now that the spring rainy/flash flood season is here, they may be eagerly anticipating the opportunity to stroll downstream, or upstream of your ranch once your water gaps have been washed out. 

Right now is a great time to rid the creek banks, ravines, and washes of any upstream debris that might make the repair or replacement of your water gaps more difficult. This may be a particularly important task given the abundant deadfall and debris resulting from the great…

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Texas is Rich in Mineral Rights

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Texas's rich soil contains precious resources that can lead to profit or heartache for landowners, depending on who owns the mineral rights. Mineral rights are, quite simply, the legal ownership of mineral deposits beneath the surface of a property. In a completely efficient world, the one who owns the surface of the land would own the resources beneath. 

Doesn’t the surface owner always own the mineral rights under their property? In reality, mineral rights can also be owned by previous surface owners, corporations, or third parties. Mineral-rich states that have an abundance of oil, gas, coal, gold, silver and other precious minerals are also the…

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Texas Land Is Valuable

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One of the fastest ways to build wealth is through owning property. Owning land is an investment, and the effort and commitment have long term advantages that will benefit you and future generations. Leasing has its perks, but our team at Legacy Broker Group believes it pays to play the long game.

Texas land is unquestionably valuable. According to the U.S. Census, Texas has a current growth rate of 1.80%, which makes it the third-fastest growing state in the country. Real estate will always be a limited commodity, and as the population increases available land will only become more precious. As far as investments go, land ownership has the greatest potential…

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Tips For Trout Fishing

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Fly fishing is an elusive, captivating adventure that allows participants to be up close and personal with nature. Unlike hunting or traditional fishing, there’s nothing to separate man from beast when it comes to fly fishing. Casting a line to float just above the water is an athletic masterpiece that takes finesse, technique, and experience. Although most of the world’s most scenic fly fishing locations are located in mountain streams and rushing rivers far above the Mason-Dixon line, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department has been bringing the gem of fly fishing to Texans everywhere for over 30 years. Rainbow trout are the crown jewel of fly fishing, but Texas waters are too warm to…

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With a growing population, no income tax and a low cost of living, there is an increasing interest in buying rural property in Texas. As the population increases, the state’s cities and urban areas continue to expand. This has led to more people looking for property in outlying locations.

There are several commercial opportunities for rural property in Texas, including investment properties such as ranches, farmland, and second homes away from heavily populated city areas. As the demand for rural property grows, rural land purchasers are likely to see an increase in the value of their investments.

How Do I Buy Rural Property in Texas?

Once you’ve found a piece of rural property in Texas that suits your needs, the first step is to make an…

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Often you will hear people argue against eating meat based on the treatment of animals and the negative environmental impacts that some companies make while producing their livestock. There has recently been a greater push for purchasing sustainably-sourced products, including beef and other meats, as opposed to vetoing meat entirely.

Here are some reasons as to why you should sustainably raise cattle as well as ways that you can do so within Texas.

What Does it Mean to be Sustainable?

From the definition as determined by natural scientists, to be sustainable means that you are living, or in this case producing, without draining the environment of its natural resources. This means taking steps to reduce waste and keep the ecological damage to…

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Cattle behind a fence on Texas ranch

Every landowner uses their property in a unique way. But one thing is the same across the board: proper fencing around your property is paramount.

Whether you raise livestock, tend crops, host game, or simply live on the land, you need to have proper fencing to enclose the property so everyone and every animal stays safe.

This is a short guide that will help you get started on fencing your Texas property:

Selecting the Right Fence

With so many options, it’s hard to know which type of fencing is the best for you. When selecting the right fence, you need to consider several different factors, including its purpose, cost, and upkeep, just to name a few.

Wood Fencing

Wooden fencing is a traditional choice that is extremely attractive and…

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Many farms and ranches in Texas Hill Country rely on groundwater that is extracted from beneath the limestone and granite landscape. This resource is responsible for much of what is great about the region but also brings its own challenges and concerns. For one, the quality of your water may influence the production and taste of your favorite at-home beverages, like coffee. 

Read on for more information about hard water in Texas, specifically the Central Hill Country region, and what to do about it.

What is "Hard" Water? 

The phrase "hard water" refers to water that has relatively high mineral content. Water that is extracted from the ground tends to be hard because it takes on minerals from its geological surroundings. Trace minerals found in…

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Trey Denny knows the ups and downs of the cattle business. The ups: Five years into the trade, he's accumulating acreage, building commercial and show-cattle herds and selling Charolais-Angus cross show steers to 4-H and FFA kids in his home county in East Texas and elsewhere. Learn more about how young ranchers are buying ranches here. 

Trey Denny, young cattle rancher in Texas

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