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Mar 9, 2017: A few thoughts about “water deals” in Colorado

Spencer Williams, Water Sage's Business Development Manager and Colorado water law expert shares best practices for evaluating water rights investment opportunities.

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Dec 9, 2016: Charting a Course For an Education in Water Rights

Understanding water rights can be a daunting task.  I know, because I didn’t understand a thing about them as little as ten months ago, but since then I’ve found they are one of the most important aspects of land value in Montana and the West.

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Aug 17, 2016: Legislative Committee Welcomes Public Comment on Proposed Changes to Montana Water Laws

Montana’s Water Policy Interim Committee (WPIC) will hold its next meeting August 29-30 at the Capitol in Helena – and it's a critical time for water rights holders to become engaged. Even if you belong to a group represented by a lobbyist, now is the time to become better informed and let the Legislature know what you think and how their decisions impact Montana water users.

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May 19, 2016: Where Are My Water Rights?

You own a home with a well, some acreage with a spring-fed pond or a large agricultural operation with livestock and acres of irrigated hay. You are positive you own water rights, but a search of the state website does not list any water rights in your name or the ranch name. Does this mean you don’t own any rights? Why aren‘t your water rights listed in the state database?

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Dec 28, 2015: Homeowners Beware: 5 Things You Need To Know Before Buying Property in Texas

House Bill 1221, recently signed into Texas law, requires sellers of residential real estate to disclose whether any part of a property is in a groundwater conservation district (GCD) or subsidence district. The law affects all transfers taking place January 1, 2016 or later. By not investigating this for yourself, you could be in for an unwelcome surprise after you close on a property.
 

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Oct 12, 2015: Why Realtors Should Care About Water Rights

Water rights can be one of the most valuable aspects of a Montana property. If, or how, those water rights are tied to a land parcel can mean all the difference to that value, not to mention the potential financial loss to both a buyer and their realtor. If you’re a realtor, land buyer, or bank lender and you’ve thought about water rights, but don’t know quite enough or even where to start, then read on.

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Sep 17, 2015: Using Water Sage to Get a Better Farm Loan

Whether you are trying to buy property, expand your operation or keep your farm going, it is important to know about your water rights when you apply for a loan. Bankers allocate their limited funds to borrowers based on the 5 Cs of credit, and those factors can be affected by the quality of the farm’s water supply and water rights.  Are you prepared?  Find out how you can use Water Sage to get a better farm loan.

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June 29, 2015: Water and Lending: Is Unsecured Water Secure?

Water is a crucial component of land value, yet has historically been overlooked in the appraisal and lending processes. As a result, lenders face exposure to a reduction in the value of collateralized land in the event of a foreclosure. In this post, Nancy Zalutsky explores the role of water in traditional ag lending and outlines approaches to mitigate risks.

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May 26, 2015: Need Land Value? Just Add Water.

Why should you go through the trouble of researching, preserving, and protecting your water rights? For starters, because irrigated land can be worth 4 times as much per acre as dry crop land. Nancy Zalutsky dives into the importance of water to land value and the long term rewards of protecting water rights.

 

 

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UPCOMING EVENTS

  • Rebecca will be at Colorado Foundation for Water Education's Water Fluency course in Palisades, CO on June 29th.
  • Jim will be at the Montana Governors Drought and Water Supply Advisory Committee Update in Helena, MT on July 18th.
  • Spencer and Kelly will be at the Summer Colorado Water Congress Conference in Vail, CO on August 23-25.
  • Jim will be at the Montana Association of Counties Annual Conference in Bozeman, MT on September 17-21.
  • Jim will be at the Montana League of Cities & Towns Annual Conference in Great Falls, MT on Septrember 27-29.
  • Jim will be at the Montana American Water Resources Association in Helena, MT on October 19-20.
  • Jim will be at the Montana Association of Conservation Districts Annual Conference in Bozeman, MT on November 12-14.

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