Finding Wide Open Spaces for Sale

Finding Wide Open Spaces for Sale

by Susan Neuhalfen

It’s almost impossible to move to Texas and not think about the idea of owning land. With Texas’ wide variety of landscapes, it’s hard to know which is best suited to your needs or where to start before making that investment. That’s why you need a real cowboy like Lantana resident Will Sorenson at Capitol Ranch Real Estate to help you make the right decisions when it comes to investing in farm and ranch acreage.

“There are so many contributing factors to owning land,” said Will, who grew up on a ranch himself. “There are mineral rights, water rights, hunting rights, easements and so much more. Ranch sales are all we do and all we focus on.”

Whether it’s on a river, covered in forest, purely recreational or a working cattle operation, Will and his team dive through all of the details to find the property that clients are looking to purchase. The folks at Capitol Ranch only work with large farm and ranch properties so they have the experience to sell or find the best properties in Texas.

“That’s all that we do and we’re passionate about it,” said Will. “All of our team members work together and share our combined expertise and knowledge.”

Will spent his childhood on a farm and ranch in El Campo on the Texas Gulf Coast. He was heavily involved in every part of his family’s ranch, including spending nearly every weekend rodeoing. He learned to farm and work cattle and developed a passion for flying planes while working for his late grandfather’s crop dusting business. Will is an avid outdoorsman and enjoys hunting and fishing. He even has an extensive background as a partner in a variety of properties in the oil and gas industry. His Ag roots run deep and he managed to keep all of those connections after getting an Agricultural Business degree with a minor in Land and Natural Resources in college.

He then spent 16 years as an airline pilot, but he always felt like he wanted to get back to ranching.

“Being a pilot was a great career but I wanted to get back home to my family and to get back to my roots,” said Will.

Will and his wife, Jena, have two young boys.  In addition to her job in pharmaceutical sales, Jena uses her background in sales and marketing to help the family business. They have a ranch between Bryan and Austin where the boys are learning to love the great outdoors, just like their father did.

Will is Capitol Ranch’s North Texas agent. He says most people in the area are searching for property within a couple of hours from the DFW metroplex for a getaway. He also lists lots of ranches because they have the knowledge and the database to understand the value of the property and to find just the right buyer.

Some of the properties are hundreds and even thousands of acres, which is where Will’s other career comes in handy. He’s able to fly his clients over the properties for a better view and many of these places have their own landing strip, making it easy to visit several ranches in a day if needed.

The marketing at Capitol Ranch is different in that the listing is much more detailed than what is found on a standard listing. They have a lot of prime properties and do their own high quality videography so any buyer may log on to their site from an office or home and see the whole area.  In addition, they have an entire network of clients that are contacted the moment a property that matches their search is coming to the market.

As one can imagine, Will’s clients are some very unique and highly intelligent people. They are businesspeople and
very knowledgeable about big transactions like these, so he’s on top of his game at all times.

“The clients really love him because he’s a real cowboy as well as a businessperson,” brags Jena. “He has a great attention to detail and it’s important to them to have someone who can truly appreciate their land.”

Whether he’s helping heirs sell their estate, helping a client find just the right place to develop or helping his own neighbors find their weekend getaway, Will loves the satisfaction he feels in his job.

“It’s a lot of fun to help people find a beautiful place,” said Will. “When you walk outside and can just take in that view, you know you’ve found the right one.  It is truly satisfying to see the joy it brings to clients, which solidifies my purpose.”


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