5 Questions to Ask Yourself When Shopping for a Texas Ranch

Updated: Sep 7

So, you want to buy a ranch in Texas but don’t know where to start. Are you looking for something near the water? Something to raise your livestock on? Something for you and your family? Well, if you are looking for a ranch in Texas and don’t know where to start, you’ve come to the right place!


We broke down the top 5 questions to ask yourself when shopping for a ranch in Texas and to make it even easier, we will showcase a beautiful ranch only 35 minutes from downtown Austin to inspire your hunt for the perfect match (who knows, the perfect ranch could be the one featured in this article 😉).


Picture of Hamilton Reserve Ranch in Texas

1. What is my budget?


The first step in buying a ranch is to determine a budget. Your budget should be realistic and not overwhelm your finances. Talk with a lender to know how much you can spend on the property. A ranch is supposed to be a serene escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, so make sure you can afford it.


2. What will I be using the ranch for?


The second step is to establish your intended use of the ranch. For example, will you be using it for hunting wildlife? Do you want rich soil for farming, or do you just want a personal sanctuary away from city life? We recommend making a list of the top 5-10 things you will use the ranch for and letting your vision guide your decision. Once your uses are mapped out, a realtor can match you with ranches that fit your needs and wants.


Picture of Hamilton Reserve Ranch in Texas

3. Where do I want to purchase a ranch in Texas?


Location is everything when it comes to buying a ranch. Do you care about drive times? Do you want something close to where you currently live? Asking yourself these questions will help you determine the perfect location you want to settle down in. For example, if you live in Austin, consider looking for something in the Hill Country. The location is close enough to the city that drive times are limited, but the ranches still come with amazing views and a secluded feel.


4. What further research should I conduct when looking for a Texas ranch?


The fourth step is to conduct more specific research after establishing your budget, intended use, and location. Make a list of ranches that interest you given the parameters you set, write down specific questions for the brokers of each ranch, then reach out to them and get all your questions answered. Having as much information as possible when buying a ranch is essential because you want something that will make you and your family happy for generations to come without having to settle on the “almost perfect” ranch.


5. How do I fully commit to the ranch of my dreams?


After going through the steps outlined above, it’s time to commit to a ranch that fits all your needs and wants. First, you want to establish a buying strategy. Do you want to offer the listing price or try and meet somewhere in the middle? If you want a clean close, offering market price with reasonable closing deadlines will get you the ranch fast with little stress. Discussing your strategy with a realtor will help you outline the best course of action to get the ranch of your dreams.


Picture of Hamilton Reserve Ranch in Texas

Now that you clearly understand the details of buying a ranch in Texas, we want to showcase an absolutely stunning ranch that we believe is perfect for Texas buyers!


The Geyser Group, a commercial real estate developer and investment sponsor in Austin, Texas, is selling a ranch in a perfect location just outside the city. Hamilton Reserve Ranch is a 738 +/- acre ranch located at 21044 Hamilton Pool Rd. This Hill Country ranch is only 35 minutes from downtown Austin and 15 minutes from Lakeway, Hill Country Galleria, and Bee Cave. Geyser is partnering with DMTX Realty and Dave Murray to sell this beautiful property.


Hamilton Reserve Ranch features panoramic vistas, Hill Country views, excellent tree coverage, a beautiful seasonal creek, and multiple 20-acre building sites. There is not another ranch with these qualities this close to downtown Austin. There is a thoughtful conservation easement in place that allows for light residential and commercial development.


The Geyser Group’s Managing Director, Todd Peoples, had this to say about Hamilton Reserve Ranch, "Hamilton Reserve Ranch is one of the most unique ranch properties in the Austin area. It features everything we have come to know and love about the Hill Country landscape while also offering exemplary schools, entertainment, and everyday life activities. Hamilton Reserve Ranch offers a combination of convenience and natural beauty that can’t be found anywhere else.”



Check out Geyser's feature here if you want to learn more about Hamilton Reserve Ranch.


If you want to see Hamilton Reserve Ranch's official listing, check out the DMTX listing here.


About The Geyser Group

The Geyser Group (TGG) is a privately held commercial real estate sponsor and investor headquartered in Austin, Texas. We believe superior returns and community impact are created through concentrated geographic investment in submarkets. TGG lives, works, and develops where its roots are most profound in Austin, San Antonio, and the broader Central Texas region. TGG strives to bring together capital, innovation, and agile operations to disrupt a large industry.


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