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Venison Chili … Yes, Please!

Posted on: February 22nd, 2018 by Kyle W. M. Graham, Agent

Cloudy?

Cold?

Wet?

Ice?

Snow?

If you are in Texas, you have likely seen at least one of these weather conditions this week.  Personally, I think it is time to open the freezer and make some Venison Chili.

 

Thanks to Adam West, Executive Chef at The Porch Restaurant, we can all enjoy a warm dinner tonight.  If you are not convinced yet, the recipe includes bacon fat and Shiner Bock!

 

Recipe: Adam’s Texas Venison Chili

2 Tbsp.           Veg oil or bacon fat

1 each            Yellow onion, diced Medium

1 each            Jalapeno Peppers, seeded and Diced  fine

1 each            Poblano peppers, seeded, and diced medium

½ head          Garlic, minced

2 tsp.              Salt

1 pound         Venison, Burger Grind

1 pound         Venison, Chili Grind or small diced

2 Tbsp.           Your favorite Chili powder

½ tsp              Cinnamon

1/4 cup           Dark Chocolate Chips

½ tsp             ground cumin

1 bottle           Shiner Bock

1 can              Tomatoes (Crushed with Juice)

1 can              Tomato Juice

1 can              Tomato Paste

 

In a large pot, heat 1 tablespoon oil over medium-high heat. Add the onions and sauté until softened and starting to brown (10 minutes). Add the peppers and garlic, reduce the heat to medium and cook, stirring occasionally, until the peppers soften (another 8 to 10 minutes). Reserve.

Return pot to medium heat and add 1 Tbsp. oil and add meat to pot. Allow to sear for approximately 10 minutes and then stir in order to brown as evenly as possible. Once browned, add seasonings and beer. Allow to cook for 15 minutes before adding the crushed tomatoes, tomato juice, and paste. Allow to simmer for one hour and add Dark chocolate

Check seasoning and adjust as needed. Garnish with Fritos, chopped fresh onion, cheddar, and sour cream.

 

Did you miss the earlier blog with Adam West?  You can read it here.

 

From the whole family at Ruple Properties, do not hesitate to reach out if we can help with any of your ranch, farm, or land needs!

Buy Land. Live Well.

 

More about Executive Chef Adam West and The Porch Restaurant

Adam West has been the Executive Chef at The Porch Restaurant for the last four and a half years.  He can be reached at awest@theporchrestaurant.com or 214-828-2916.

 

The Porch Restaurant is located at 2912 N. Henderson, Dallas, TX 75206.

See more information at www.theporchrestaurant.com

Twitter:@porchrestaurant

Facebook: www.facebook.com/porchrestaurantdallas

 

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Written by Kyle W. M. Graham, Agent with Ruple Properties.  Kyle can be reached or followed as follows:

214-763-2964

kyle@northtexasranches.com

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Surface Rights vs. Mineral Rights in Texas

Posted on: January 30th, 2018 by Kyle W. M. Graham, Agent

Ruple Properties has partnered with https://www.saussyburbank.com/ and James Hausma to discuss Surface Rights vs Mineral Rights in Texas.  James is a licensed Senior Property Tax Consultant at Assessment Technologies.  Enjoy the information!

Buy Land. Live Well.

Surface Rights vs. Mineral Rights in Texas

U.S. property owners have rights not only to the surface of their land and all structures, but also to everything that lies below the surface. This means that the property owner may control minerals, like gas and oil, that may exist below the surface. If you’re a property owner and are interested in benefiting from the exploitation of minerals, then you may want to consider selling or leasing the mineral rights on your land.

However, these transactions are complicated. What’s more, such a deal might allow you to remain the owner of the surface rights, but only with certain restrictions. The more you understand about these rights, the better able you’ll be to make informed decisions.

 

What Are Surface Rights?

“Surface rights” refers to the right to control the surface of the land. Existing structures are included under this umbrella. Typically, when property is purchased, the transaction includes the surface and mineral rights. An exception occurs when the seller stipulates that they are only selling surface rights and will retain mineral rights. Alternatively, an owner could decide to sell the mineral rights on their property, which means that they keep the surface rights.

What Are Mineral Rights?

When a person or entity holds “mineral rights” on a property, then they own the mineral content beneath the surface. Texas law dictates that mineral rights only refer to oil, gas, salt, uranium and sulfur. However, other minerals may be included in these rights if they are specifically named.

It’s important to understand that when someone holds the mineral rights to a piece of property, they are automatically granted access to the property’s surface. This means that they may use any reasonable means to locate and produce the minerals under the surface. Accord
ingly, the owner of the mineral rights may build a road, dig trenches, construct a well or perform other projects that may interfere with the ability of the owner of the surface rights to use their land as they choose.

 

Texas Law

Fortunately, all property owners are protected by the State of Texas Landowner’s Bill of Rights. The Bill guarantees that the interests of property owners are protected, particularly if a government entity wants to seize land for public use. If a person or entity wants to claim all or a part of any land in Texas, then the current owner has the right to legally protest and demand fair compensation for the taking.

Owners’ Rights

When mineral rights are granted to a person or entity other than the person or entity that owns the surface rights, the mineral rights owner has quite a bit of power to access and make changes to the land. However, the surface rights owner may ask for a surface waiver that makes certain portions of the surface off limits to the mineral rights holder. The surface rights owner additionally may claim compensation for damages to their land.

 

The Effect on Property Taxes

In Texas, the mineral rights owner may be taxed on the value of minerals that are extracted from the land. Federal, state and county taxes all may be due. Surface rights owners may have to pay taxes on any royalties they receive from the sale of minerals, and damage to the land may affect how much property tax the surface rights owner owes.

 

About The Author

James Hausma is a licensed Senior Property Tax Consultant at Assessment Technologies and is considered an expert throughout Texas in property tax issues relating to the mineral and healthcare industries. In addition, James is a member of various professional organizations, including the Institute for Professionals in Taxation (IPT) and the Texas Association of Property Tax Professionals (TAPTP).

James is a 1986 graduate from Texas A & M University and received his Bachelor of Science degree in Economics.

 

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Managed by Kyle W. M. Graham, Agent with Ruple Properties.  Kyle can be reached or followed as follows

214-763-2964

kyle@northtexasranches.com

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Sit Down with Executive Chef Adam West

Posted on: December 22nd, 2017 by Kyle W. M. Graham, Agent

Professionally:

Adam West is currently the Executive Chef at The Porch Restaurant in Dallas, TX.  Life in the kitchen started at home and progressed to a dishwasher when Adam was a teenager at Baylor Hospital in his hometown of Garland, TX.  Once he graduated from Garland High School, he enrolled at the oldest culinary program in the State of Texas at El Centro College in downtown Dallas.   While in school, West worked at the Fairmont Hotel as well as The Westin Stonebriar Resort and competed on the school’s Culinary Competition Team which taught him skills and patience.  After winning a state competition, the team went on to compete in Chicago.  His career has taken him to many restaurants in Chicago, Orlando, Houston, and Dallas as well as competitions in Orlando, Chicago and Ft. Worth. In 2010 Adam was invited to cook at the Prestigious James Beard House in New York.

Outdoors:

As a native Texan and outdoorsman, Adam grew up hunting and fishing with his father.  As a young boy he has a distinct memory of the first time gutting a deer.  His favorite hunt to date recently took place when he harvested a Blackbuck Antelope from a high fence ranch in Cherokee County, TX.  The trip which was put on by a food vendor which allowed Adam to combine his love for the outdoors as well as his profession spending time hunting with other chefs.

Combining the Kitchen and Game:

Cooking game meats can be a daunting idea to most home cooks so Adam is presenting a great entry level protein to help get past that fear. Quail is a wonderful poultry option that is found in restaurants all over as well as popular among bird hunters. This recipe can also be easily applied to Dove, Pheasant, or any other poultry.

Now, to the good stuff… a Quail Recipe from Adam’s kitchen:

Recipe: Wood Grilled TX Quail with Apple Cider Glaze

4 Ea Semi Boneless TX Quail

3 oz Balsamic Marinade (see recipe below)

TT Salt and Pepper

A/N Honey-Balsamic Glaze

Remove quail from packaging, pat dry with paper towels and place in container or Tupperware. Cover with balsamic marinade and place in refrigerator until ready to cook preferably overnight.

When ready to cook, season quail with salt and pepper and place on pre-heated grill. Allow to cook on first side for 2-3 minutes. Flip to other side and cook an additional 2-3 minutes or until cooked to medium. Once cooked transfer to plate and place a loose sheet of foil over quail to allow to rest. This Quail is wonderful served simply with herb roasted potatoes and fresh vegetables as well as alongside a pasta with fresh tomatoes and Parmesan.

Balsamic Marinade

1 oz Balsamic vinegar

1 tsp Mustard (any)

2 oz  Cooking oil

1 tsp  Dried Basil (or your favorite herb)

1 tsp  Sugar

Mix all ingredients together in a small bowl using a whisk. Use to marinate quail, dove, or even chicken.

Honey-Balsamic Glaze

1 cup Balsamic Vinegar

¼ cup Local Honey

Place both ingredients in small pot and place over medium heat. Allow to reduce for approx. 30-45 minutes or until lightly thickened. Allow to cool and reserve for future use as a glaze for anything from quail to ice cream!

Finally, Adam West and the Ruple Properties team partnered with Texas Quail Farms to bring our readers a 10% discount when ordering online at www.texquail.com until July 1st 2018 utilizing this code: “web2018”.

From the whole family at Ruple Properties, do not hesitate to reach out if we can help with any of your ranch, farm, or land needs!  Have a Merry Christmas!

Buy Land. Live Well.
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More about Texas Quail Farms

Texas Quail Farms, Inc., founded in 2003 with headquarters in Lockhart, Texas, is the largest state inspected quail processing plant in Texas. The company produces a wide variety of protein-based quail products ranging from whole birds to semi-boneless birds, including gourmet specialties like bacon-wrapped breasts and legs. TQF distributes throughout Texas and coast to coast to the retail and foodservice markets including retail grocers, health food stores, gourmet restaurants, foodservice providers, caterers and to all those customers who just love to eat quail.

Twitter: @texquail

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Texas-Quail-Farms-133980989986593/?ref=ts

More about Executive Chef Adam West and The Porch Restaurant

Adam West has been the Executive Chef at The Porch Restaurant for the last four and a half years.  He can be reached at awest@theporchrestaurant.com or 214-828-2916.

The Porch Restaurant is located at 2912 N. Henderson, Dallas, TX 75206.

See more information at www.theporchrestaurant.com

Twitter:@porchrestaurant

Facebook: www.facebook.com/porchrestaurantdallas

 

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Written by Kyle W. M. Graham, Agent with Ruple Properties.  Kyle can be reached or followed as follows:

214-763-2964

kyle@northtexasranches.com

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Joe Ruple Memorial Dove Hunt

Posted on: October 13th, 2017 by Kyle W. M. Graham, Agent

On Sunday, October 1st more than 110 people gathered in Hondo, TX for the Joe Ruple Memorial Dove Hunt.  Seventy-five dove hunters lined the fields South of town behind round bales of hay and looked to the skies to reach their daily bag limit of dove.  The group hunted with the widely known “Paloma Pachanga” dove hunting operation.  Plenty of birds were seen by the hunters.  Some shot straight and others just shot, but birds dropping did not matter as all were there to have fun and support the event.  A beautiful evening outdoors, live music by Brian Anderson, BBQ, family, and friends!  What more could you ask for on a Fall Sunday evening in South Texas?

When asked, “Why a memorial dove hunt for your dad?”  Garrett Ruple responded, “I really wanted to do something to honor him.  Dad was a great man and since his passing last year I have had the opportunity to realize lots of things he did for people that no one ever realized.  I’ve heard stories from strangers and close family friends alike, highlighting his generosity and his constant mission to bring people to know the Lord.  My wife, Lana, and I really felt like we needed to do something to continue his legacy.  The hunt with family, friends, and raising money for a great cause was a blast.  I think dad would have loved this event.”

The event raised approximately $25,000 through a silent auction, live auction, dove hunt, dinner, and donations which will benefit an organization that was close to Joe’s heart, Trinity Oaks. A huge thanks goes out to all event sponsors which included: Mark Vickery, Clay & Belinda Ruple, Thad Ziegler Glass, Preston Wood Landscape Services, Intrepid Surveying & Engineering Corp., and The Law Office of Mathew K. Franklin.

Trinity Oaks is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded on the premise that active participation in the outdoors is a powerful, healing, and fundamentally life-changing experience.  Trinity Oaks’ mission is to use hunting, fishing, and the outdoor activities to give back and make a meaningful difference in the lives of others.  For decades, the organization has known of the philosophical shift that outdoor activities cause within those who participate in them and how that profoundly impacts the wellness of those people.  For more information on Trinity Oaks and the impact the organization has had on others, please visit www.trinityoaks.org.

From the whole family at Ruple Properties, do not hesitate to reach out if we can help with any of your ranch, farm, or land needs!

Buy Land. Live Well.

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Written by Kyle W. M. Graham, Agent with Ruple Properties.  Kyle can be reached or followed as follows:

214-763-2964

kyle@northtexasranches.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/kylegrahamland

Instagram: www.instagram.com/kylegrahamland

LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/kwmgraham

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Ruple Properties Team Meets Macy Ledbetter

Posted on: August 24th, 2017 by Kyle W. M. Graham, Agent

Earlier this month the Ruple Properties Team spent the morning on the Ruple’s Davis Switch Ranch near Charlotte, TX with renowned Texas Wildlife Biologist, Macy Ledbetter.

The intent of the time was to get the Ruple Properties team together to expand our wildlife management knowledge in the field, with the goal of better serving our clients.  And, we were NOT disappointed.  Discussion points included plant identification, brush management, tank/lake management, wildlife stocking rates, and other ranch management topics, which you can view publisher site, as we traveled the property. Becoming an Estate Agent has become very interesting process, but in the end, people have become very happy in becoming an agent and managing all types of properties. In partnership with the residential loans gilbert az for faster transaction of our clients.

The biggest takeaways included discussions on Edge Effect, Sendero Width, Competition, and the State of TX Wildlife Exemption Program.

EDGE EFFECT

In this initial picture you can see a water source behind Macy Ledbetter which was installed near a deer blind and food plot.  Macy stopped our tour to discuss the edge effect.  In this case, deer can casually get to the water source and then move back to the edge of the brush for safety as needed.  Essentially, a positive example of ranch management allowing a land owner to more easily manage a deer herd and predators.

SENDERO WIDTH 

Related to edge effect, the width of senderos on a ranch can provide safety or add stress for non-predators.  Wider senderos allow animals to travel ranches with less stress because predators waiting in the brush have farther to travel in order to reach their prey.  As a contrast, narrow senderos typically lead to nervous deer which does not provide as much time to judge, score, or age a buck before making an informed decision whether or not to harvest.   Also, narrow senderos begin to creep over years of growth which limits sunlight and impacts grass growth in the Sendero.  The picture to the right showcases brush creep on a narrow sendero.  Bottom line, wider senderos allow the landowner to make better and more informed ranch management decisions.

COMPETITION

A common theme while we moved around the ranch was competition.  Competition impacts all parts of a ranch including land animals, plants, and fish.  A key component of ranch management is tipping the scales of competition in favor of the ranch management goal.  All land owners need to understand and plan for the goal of their ranch.  Without a ranch management goal, the land owner is making short term, uneducated, and potentially costly decisions.

SMALL VERSE LARGE EXPENSES

In the foreground of this picture you can see a dam covered with various types of growth.  Over time the roots of the large plants/tress will ruin a good dam.  In this case, a yearly cleaning of the dam is a small expense that avoids a large expense years down the road related to the cost of repairing a damaged dam.  Ideally, grass is all you want growing on your dam.

WILDLIFE EXEMPTION

Approved in the State of TX in the mid-1990s, the land owner must meet at least three of the following seven wildlife management practices: habitat control, erosion control, predator control, providing supplemental supplies of water, providing supplemental supplies of food, providing shelters, and making census counts to determine population.  Due to details of the program, Ruple Properties strongly recommends engaging an expert in order to determine if your property is ideal for a Wildlife Exemption.  Our recommendation is Macy Ledbetter with Spring Creek Outdoors.

More about Macy Ledbetter

Macy is a professional wildlife biologist and ranch real estate consultant specializing in Texas wildlife and habitat management.  With twenty-five years of successful professional management experience on both private and public lands, he offers a wealth of knowledge and skills to assist with your ranch and wildlife needs.  See more information at www.springcreekoutdoors.com.   He can be reached at macy.ledbetter@gmail.com or 361-449-6376.

From the whole family at Ruple Properties, do not hesitate to reach out if we can help with any of your ranch, farm, or land needs!

Buy Land. Live Well.

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Written by Kyle W. M. Graham, Agent with Ruple Properties.  Kyle can be reached or followed as follows:

214-763-2964

kyle@northtexasranches.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/kylegrahamland

Instagram: www.instagram.com/kylegrahamland

LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/kwmgraham

Twitter: @kwmgraham

 

Thanks and credit to Macy Ledbetter and www.springcreekoutdoors.com for much of the content in this blog post.  In addition, information found at https://tpwd.texas.gov/landwater/land/private/agricultural_land/.

INDEPENDENCE DAY AND CONVERSATION WITH GARRETT RUPLE

Posted on: July 3rd, 2017 by Kyle W. M. Graham, Agent

Happy 241st Birthday United States of America!

Today on the Ruple Properties Blog we celebrate our nation’s independence and have a conversation with our Owner/Broker, Garrett Ruple.

INDEPENDENCE

Ronald Reagan once said, “Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction.  We didn’t pass it on to our children in the bloodstream.  It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same.”

According to Merriam-Webster, independence is the quality or state of being independent.  Sounds simple, right?  For the colonists in North America leading up to the summer of 1776, independence was not so simple.  Those colonists wanted independence from Great Britain in order to be free of the unreasonable taxes the king created to pay for the French and Indian War.  The Continental Congress adopted the Declaration of Independence on Thursday, July 4, 1776 declaring thirteen colonies as a brand new nation free and independent of King George III.  Those thirteen colonies were New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia.  Fifty-six men signed the Declaration of Independence.  At the age of 26, Thomas Lynch, Jr. and Edward Rutledge were the youngest and both from South Carolina.  Thomas Jefferson representing Virginia and John Adams representing Massachusetts both signed and later became President of the United States.  Other famous signers include John Hancock and Samuel Adams both representing Massachusetts.  At the age of 70, Benjamin Franklin was the oldest signer representing Pennsylvania.  These men, along with forty-nine other signers, changed the world!

TEXAS

And a quick side note in case you were wondering, Vermont became the fourteenth state in 1791 and my personal favorite, Texas, became the twenty-eighth state in 1845.  You know I had to work in the great state of Texas!

LISTEN UP!

Interested in a unique story about standing for freedom and our National Anthem set during the War of 1812?  Check out one my favorite podcasts “The Way I Heard It” by Mike Rowe.  Specifically listen to his Flag Day podcast, Episode 60 “Something to Stand For” which went live on June 13, 2017:

http://mikerowe.com/podcast/

 

INTRODUCTION TO GARRETT RUPLE, OWNER/BROKER:

I thought everyone following Ruple Properties would be interested in learning a bit more about our Owner/Broker, Garrett Ruple.  Here is a quick Q/A … Enjoy!

What got you into the ranch business?

My Dad had been in the ranch real estate market for many years and after getting my real estate license in college I would come home some summers to show property for him and my brother with basement construction hanover pa. When I graduated from Texas A&M, I went into the Oil & Gas industry in Houston.  When the Eagleford took off in South Texas it made sense for me to come back home and work on mineral land deals around South Texas— with a little arm-twisting from my Dad. That eventually turned into me driving around beautiful pieces of land with landowners, so intended or not, I was in the ranch real estate business. Being in business with my Dad was one of the greatest experiences of my life. By the way, if you have a starting business, you can get financial help by loaning and start online through WebDesign499. If loaning interests you, go to loanovao.co.uk to learn more.. He was a man of great integrity and never met a stranger. Following my Dad’s unexpected passing last fall, I become the sole owner of the company and I fully intend to continue my Dad’s legacy of ranch real estate services… with a few modern updates.

What year did you graduate from TAMU? Degree?

2007 with an Industrial Distribution degree which is somewhat of a combination of Mechanical Engineering and Business.

Married to Lana for how long?  And how old are the girls?

Lana and I have been married for 6 years (still have her fooled I guess) and we are blessed to have two incredible little girls.  Our oldest being 3 years old and our youngest just 6 months.

FAMILY PIC?

Favorite outdoor experience? Any pictures?

My oldest daughter just turned three years old and LOVES to go fishing at the ranch.  She is probably already better at it than I am.  There is nothing better than watching her excitement when she hooks a big bass.

Hobbies?

Hunting, fishing, golf, playing music, scuba diving, and traveling.

Describe your favorite property you have ever listed?

Large ranch in Edwards County, TX on Cedar Creek.  Incredible live water, amazing variety of wildlife and terrain.  Dad and I spent a lot of time on this ranch and have a lot of good memories from working on that one.

Favorite place in TX?

Our ranch located near Charlotte, TX.  Lots of great memories with family and friends and many more to come.

Describe an ideal evening with friends/family?

I think a fall weekend at the ranch where we spend the day fishing with the kids, hunting in the evenings, and then cooking and hanging out around the fire pit is pretty hard to beat.

Are you a coffee drinker?  If so, what is your favorite?

Yes.  I need it to function…  My wife can confirm.  My favorite is whatever she is currently brewing.  Lana is incredible in the kitchen and that includes the coffee pot!

Goals for Ruple Properties? Short, Medium, or Long term…

Short term, I am working on opening an office in the Alamo Heights area of San Antonio and bringing on a few new agents in that area and around the state to broaden our reach.  The team has recently grown with the hire of two new agents this year.  I have engaged some pretty incredible talent on the marketing side to help us elevate our marketing programs and are exploring some really exciting options moving forward.  Finally, our team is going to start working in the San Antonio Commercial market as well and recently added an agent who has extensive experience in both Farm and Ranch and Commercial.

Medium term, I am working on creating a farm and ranch focused training program to help educate our agents on all things land, mineral, farming, ranching, oil and gas, etc. with the goal of becoming more educated and better equipped to guide our clients.

Long term, I want to build a team of agents/brokers nationally (and maybe globally) that are like minded, hard working people who focus on integrity, and providing the best service to our clients.  Farm and Ranch brokers sometimes get a bad reputation for various things and we want to be the firm people think of when they want the best representation and a group they can trust to put their interest first.  On top of all of that, I am a firm believer that God has plans for this company and I’d like to use what we have here to glorify Him with what we do.

Favorite hunting season?  What rifle/shotgun do you regularly shoot?

Deer season without question.  We have worked very hard at managing our ranch and we are finally starting to see results.  I am pretty hard on guns so I just bought a reasonably inexpensive Ruger deer rifle last season so I don’t have to worry so much about beating it up.  As for shotguns, I have been shooting the same over and under since I was 12 years old until recently.  My wife and dad got together and bought me a really nice Beretta over and under with both 28 gauge and 20 gauge barrels.  Dad was excited about the new shotgun probably because he was embarrassed by me having to eject my shells with a pocket knife at skeet shoots.

HAPPY JULY 4th!

From the whole family at Ruple Properties, be safe celebrating your independence on the Fourth of July and Happy Birthday Americans!

 

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Written by Kyle W. M. Graham, Agent with Ruple Properties.  Kyle can be reached or followed as follows:

kyle@northtexasranches.com

214-763-2964

Twitter: @kwmgraham

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Thanks and credit to wikipedia.org, history.com, reference.com, biography.com, and teachingamericanhistory.org for fact confirmation for this blog post!

Perfect Real Estate for Your Dream Texas Ranch

Posted on: May 27th, 2015 by crystalcore.net Administrator

Close your eyes and imagine the Texas ranch of your dreams that you’re going to buy through our local “we buy houses” company. See the open pasture, wide ponds, and clear sky. Picture our improved grasses that are perfectly clean since we use these quiet grass mowers and the wildlife passing through your terrain. Delight in the fresh air and unspoiled views. If you have already decided on your new home, Sparta Movers can help you move right in whenever you need to and look for best builders of roofs where you can check it out – Palm Beach Roofing Expert in this site. Rental Property Management Company can help you with their services.

Now visualize what else you would add to your ranch. It may be cattle, farming, a homestead, skeet range, camping, horses, or something more.

Fifty-one pastoral acres await you in Floresville, a short drive southeast of San Antonio. Fences are already in place to hold cattle. Rich soil is perfect for farming. Turn your land into a self-sustaining paradise. All that is needed is your creativity to make the land what you want it to be, all you need is a trustworthy real estate agent to start profiting in this land, which you can find at sites like https://www.eddieyan.ca/.

Build the Texas Ranch of Your Dreams

You may choose to utilize your ranch as your homestead. Construct any dwelling to fit your budget and desire. Maybe all you need is a rustic, 600-square-foot cabin: this piece of Texas is the perfect backdrop for your introduction to the tiny house community. If entertaining family and friends is more your style, there’s room for that 10,000-square-foot dream home too. Express yourself as you choose. The possibilities are endless!

Land with Mineral Rights

Ownership of this land is an investment in your future. Twenty-five percent of mineral rights belong to the landowner. You may be amazed at what profitable natural resources you discover when you start mining your land. Royalty checks could provide you with a very comfortable lifestyle. Just give one of our San Antonio commercial real estate agents a call and we will be happy to show you the ranch of your dreams.

The Perfect Texas Real Estate

Enjoy the benefits of living in a small town with plenty of fresh air, pristine land, and space to call your own. Should you need to drive into the city, San Antonio is a pleasant commute away. Whether you use your ranch as a commercial farming or cattle operation or just a weekend getaway, everything you need is in close proximity.

It’s not every day you get to customize your ideal lifestyle. Don’t just imagine yourself on your dream ranch. Come and see it! Call (830) 569-3500 or contact Ruple online to set up your appointment today.

Texas Wine Country: How and Why to Consider a Vineyard on the Ranch

Posted on: May 12th, 2015 by crystalcore.net Administrator

Texas Hill Country is one of the top 10 wine travel destinations in the world! Business is booming, and it is lucrative to spiritual ayahuasca retreat space. The wine market in America is changing, and Hill Country vineyards are at the forefront. Wine is the new drink of choice among Millennials, and they love the unique, bold flavors of Texas-grown grapes.

Maybe you’re thinking about purchasing some real estate in South Texas and are exploring your options for hobbies or profits. Maybe you’re already a proud Texas landowner, and you’re looking for ways to diversify your income or get the most out of your real estate. A Texas vineyard might be just what you’re looking for.

Cabernet Vs. Cotton

How does a vineyard compare to something more Texas-traditional like a cotton field? Here are some things to consider:

Ready to start your own vineyard? It’s not an easy job and it comes with a bit of a learning curve for most ranchers, but Texans are nothing if not hard working and ingenuitive.

From Planning to Pinot Noir

So what’s next? First things first, you need to familiarize yourself with the wine industry in Texas. A good way to do that is head to historic Fredericksburg and take a few wine tours. Tastings wouldn’t hurt either. When you need a funeral service, call funeral homes barrington nj.

As you enjoy the local wines, do some research and create a business plan. You can find lots of helpful information on Texas Winegrape Network’s website. Some of your main considerations will include:

  • Site assessment—You will need to make sure you have adequate irrigation, and that there is no near-local threat of Pierce’s Disease, among other things.
  • Soil—A healthy vineyard needs soil with good drainage and sufficient depth. You will also want to do some pH testing.
  • GrapesWhich variety/varieties will you grow? Cabernet Sauvignon and Sauvignon blanc are great for the South Texas Plains. Blanc Du Bois and Black Spanish are good varieties for regions threatened by Pierce’s Disease.
  • Training systems—Vines need trellises and canopies. The size of your vineyard will obviously determine how much you need.

Make sure you have the finances accrued to begin your vineyard. Start-up costs range from $10,000 to $20,000 per acre, so you need to be committed for the long haul. It takes three to five years to establish grapevines that make profit: patience is key. When your vineyard has insects and pests, visit locations from On Point Wildlife Removal areas serviced to have pest extermination work done for you. If you do find signs of a pest infestation in your home, contact a licensed pest professional promptly like Accurate Termite & Pest Control services in Austin TX. They will be able to inspect your home, confirm the species, and recommend a course of action to keep your family safe and healthy.

Ready, Set, Merlot!

Texas winemakers made 1.8 million cases of wine in 2014, a 36% increase since 2010. Now is the perfect time to buy into this business opportunity and grow your own grapes. Imagine serving wine at your next dinner party that was made from your own grapes! With some planning, hard work, and a little bit of patience you can enjoy the fruits of your labor—in a wine glass!

Prime Texas Real Estate: Live Water and Hunting in “God’s Country”

Posted on: April 28th, 2015 by crystalcore.net Administrator

It’s a lazy Sunday evening and the hot summer air is just beginning to cool. You sit on the banks of a creek against a large oak tree that covers you with its shade. Your fishing rod is in your hand, and it’s quiet and still all around you. The sun has started to set, and you watch the sky change to a bright orange hue. You sigh contentedly. Just another relaxing evening on your private, live water ranch.

God’s Country

Thirty miles outside of San Antonio lies the town of Hondo, Texas. Its motto, “This Is God’s country,” couldn’t be more accurate. With plenty of vivid green hills filled with wildlife, and sparkling rivers stocked with fat fish, Hondo is a little corner of heaven! Just east of the town center lies a beautiful piece of property that is perfect for your own private get-away.

Flowing Water

At over 300 acres, this live water ranch has everything you need. Verde Creek—a clear, year-round river—runs through the property with banks of large, shady trees and boulders that guard excellent fishing holes. It can support a kayak or canoe, and there are plenty of deep holes for swimming. Bordering the southern property line is the smaller Hondo creek, which has an abundance of small water holes and vegetation for wildlife.

Unique Features

There are many bonuses on this property, including a 55-foot deep irrigation well that was tested at over 500 gallons per minute, and a complete custom watch safe where you can store your most precious valuables. There is also a cement water storage tank and troughs for watering cattle. Two windmills in great working condition add to the value of this ranch.

Wildlife

Besides the river being ideal for fishing, this ranch is chock-full of wildlife, making it a hunter’s dream come true. The wooded area around the property is home to many animals:

  • Whitetail Deer
  • Axis Deer
  • Wild Turkeys
  • White Wing Doves

Doves are plentiful, and the property lies within the north dove hunting zone boundaries. Using the irrigation well to maintain a sunflower field would be a great way to attract even more doves. Check out the dove hunting operation at The Nooner Ranch, less than three miles away.

Contact Us

Whether you are interested in starting a commercial hunting or fishing venture, reserving your own place of solitude, or creating an idyllic childhood for the kids or grandkids, this is the ranch for you! Contact us today to ask one of our realtors how you can get your own special corner of “God’s Country.”

Opportunity for Texas Landowners: Grassland Restoration

Posted on: April 14th, 2015 by crystalcore.net Administrator

There is nothing as beautiful as Texas in the springtime. A feeling of freedom and possibility is inherent in this scenic landscape through a “we buy houses” establishment—native grasses dotted with colorful wildflowers as far as the eye can see. As a landowner, you have an opportunity to help preserve Texas’ gorgeous landscape, and the diverse animals that call it home.

Finances Available for Texas Landowners: Grassland Restoration

Grassland restoration programs are offered by groups such as the Native Prairies Association of Texas. They work to educate the public and to conserve and protect over 100 acres of endangered prairie in Texas.

USDA’s Natural Resources Conversion Service (NRCS) also has a great initiative, the Agricultural Easement Program. The Easement program provides education and finances to those landowners that are willing to keep their private land protected. Get your finances settled by getting joint loans over here. If you are interested in being a part of the ACEP here are a few things you need to know:

  • Land that is eligible for the program includes cropland, rangeland, grassland, and pastureland.
  • The NRCS has $332 million in technical and financial assistance for this year.
  • You must apply by May 15, 2015 to be considered for this year.
  • In order to apply, you must submit a proposal to the NRCS state office. Their website has a step-by-step process to help you.

Eastern Gamagrass is endangered in Texas. Photo credit: Mary Keim

A Threatened Ecosystem

The Tallgrass prairies of Texas are the most endangered large ecosystem in North America, with over 99-percent altered or destroyed. The native plants that are endangered include Yellow Indiangrass, Little Bluestem, and Eastern Gamagrass.

These grasses protect the watershed, and their decline means erosion and decrease of water quality. Not only does the threatened ecosystem affect the environment, It also means the natural heritage of Texas is lost.

Henslow’s sparrow is considered extinct in Texas. Photo credit: Amy Evenstad

Endangered Animals

A native grassland bird, Henslow’s sparrow once nested in coastal Texas prairie. However, this small, brown bird with a beautiful song is now considered extinct in Texas.

There are many other types of birds make their home in the grasslands, and are now endangered. The Short-eared Owl, Eastern Meadowlark, and Northern Bobwhite are few that have seen a decrease in population by over 60%. We must prevent these birds and other wildlife such as the eastern spotted skunk, from going the way of the Henslow’s sparrow.

Improve Your Land and the Texas Ecosystem

Take a drive down a winding country road this week, and enjoy the prairies full of deep bluish-purple bluebonnets and fiery red Indian paintbrushes. Then, get in touch with an organization that can help you bring some of it home.

Finances are available to help get you started. Your property will benefit from a more diverse ecosystem, and future generations will benefit from the sustained vitality of the plants and animals that make Texas so unique. For other educational blog, check this out : i have really bad credit but i need a loan.