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Nine Bar Land & Cattle

Ranchers Selling Ranches in the Texas Hill Country

Greetings from Tim and Helen Dockal, owners of Nine Bar Land & Cattle. We are not just realtors – we are ranchers. We own Campbell Ranch, a working cattle ranch in San Saba County. It’s been in our family for one hundred thirty years. We raise cattle, trophy whitetail deer and we are hard-working Realtors, too.

That knowledge of the ranching and wildlife industry has served us well and that experience comes into play with every Nine Bar Land & Cattle client relationship. We know the Texas Hill Country and have established alliances with a broad network of real estate and finance professionals. We understand that privacy in handling your business is key to a building a successful, long-lasting client relationship.

The Nine Bar team of real estate professionals are all folks with extensive knowledge of agriculture and wildlife management practices. Our job doesn’t end with the purchase or sale of your property. We assist clients with land and wildlife management or construction and improvements. Years of strong relationships with professional contractors and consultants give us unique access to the professional advice you need.

Nine Bar’s goal is to have satisfied, long-term customers. Our appreciation for the special qualities of the land and the clients’ needs and desires makes accomplishing that goal acheivable. Let the Nine Bar Team of ranching and real estate pros work with you to find that unique property that makes your real estate dreams a reality!

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Nine Bar agents are licensed professionals who specialize in the search, evaluation and negotiation of the purchase of the property on behalf of the buyer. If you are searching for Hill Country property we have the expertise, knowledge and experience you need to find the perfect property you desire and the resources to make the sale close smoothly and quickly.

Nine Bar Agents also represent clients who are selling their property. We will get your real estate sold! We provide our clients with insight and direction on preparing your home or investment property for sale. We work closely with you to maximize your properties’ potential.

You can rely on the team at Nine Bar Land & Cattle.

Real Estate Broker

Helen Dockal

325-347-2571 Read more

Tana Autrey

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Kim Thompson

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The Magic of the Texas Hill Country

If you are considering getting your own place in the Texas Hill Country, you are on the right track to finding the majestic beauty and peace you are yearning to have. Nine Bar Land & Cattle has the most up-to-date information on ranches, homes and property on which to build your dream home. The region’s economy is one of the fastest growing in the United States.  The Central Texas area encompasses diverse landscapes, wildlife and economic opportunities. How near or far you wish to be from the cities of Austin, San Antonio or San Angelo is your choice. Everything in between is where the magic is found! And we welcome all of you who want to relocate or retire here.

So, What is the Hill Country?


Located in the Edwards Plateau, the Central Texas Hill Country is notable for its topography of tall, rugged hills of limestone, granite, dolomite, and gypsum. The Hill Country rises an average of 400-500 feet above the surrounding plains – Packsaddle Mountain outside of Kingsland rises to a height of 800 feet above the Llano River.  The Hill Country includes the granite formation known as the Llano Uplift and the second-largest granite dome in the US, Enchanted Rock. The Hill Country reaches the northern edge of San Antonio and the western portions of Austin.  The Hill Country is a recharge zone for the Edwards Aquifer which provides water to Austin, San Marcos, and New Braunfels on its eastern edge, known as the Balcones Escarpment.

According to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, the following 25 counties are included in the Texas Hill Country: Bandera, Bell, Blanco, Burnet, Comal, Coryell, Crockett, Edwards, Gillespie, Hays, Kendall, Kerr, Kimble, Lampasas, Llano, Mason, McCulloch, Menard, Real, San Saba, Schleicher, Sutton, Travis, Val Verde, Williamson

Living in the Hill Country

Large tracts of the Texas Hill Country were settled by German immigrants in the mid-1800’s. These hard working settlers forged one of the only lasting treaties with native tribes of the area and lived in relative safety for the time. Even today, the architectural evidence of this German heritage is what gives Hill Country towns their unique feel.

Hill Country continues to grow as both a tourist destination and a retirement enclave. It is home to a booming community of singer/songwriters, artists, chefs, and winemakers who give it its flavor. Fredericksburg, the crown jewel of the Hill Country, continues to gain popularity with visitors from around the world for both its historic sites, rustic charm and booming wine industry. Compared to larger Texas cities, the cost of living in the Hill Country is still low and the brief drive to Austin and San Antonio is always scenic.

Filled with rivers, streams and lakes, Central Texas offers a great opportunity for water sports such as tubing, kayaking and fishing. Wildlife abounds in the area and includes white-tailed deer, turkeys and many smaller creatures like rabbits and foxes, which make it superior for hunting. It is a perfect environment for cattle, goat and sheep ranching and raising horses.

Bluebonnets and church, Mason, Texas

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This Land is Their Land

Foreign buyers occasionally appear in rural land markets responding to changes in the economic environment. In the 1970s, a weak dollar unleashed a flood of foreign investors buying real estate, including agricultural land. That surge caused alarm in the economy’s agricultural sector, with critics decrying the surrender of control over productive U.S. land. Congress responded, adopting the Agricultural Foreign Investment Disclosure Act (AFIDA) in 1978. After an initial report by owners, rules implementing AFIDA further specified, “All foreign persons who acquire or transfer an interest in agricultural land thereafter are required to report such transactions within 90 days . . . ” (Foreign Holding of U.S. Agricultural Land Through December 31, 2014, Farm Service Agency [FSA] – U.S. Department of Agriculture).

Owners comply by filing a form FSA-153 with the Farm Service Agency, which provides that form on their websitehttps://forms.sc.egov.usda.gov/eForms/welcomeAction.do?Home.

Failure to comply can result in a “civil penalty of up to 25 percent of the fair market value of the interest held . . . .” This potentially serious consequence makes it imperative participants in land transactions involving foreign owners study the AFIDA requirements.

AFIDA mandates reports for agricultural land greater than ten acres in the aggregate. The definition includes land used for timber production, farming, and ranching within the past five years. Owners of interests in tracts of ten acres or less that produce more than $1,000 in sales of farm, ranch, or timber products must also file a report. Security interests such as mortgages and mineral interests do not require filing. AFIDA regulations also exempt leaseholds of less than ten years and certain other future interests. Otherwise, the owner must report “any interest” to FSA.

Foreign person as defined by AFIDA includes all individuals who are not citizens of the United States, the Northern Mariana Islands, the Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands, or those lawfully admitted for permanent residency in the U.S. Further, AFIDA considers entities created under the laws of foreign countries or with their principal place of business located there to be foreign owners. In addition, the act requires U.S. entities in which there is a significant foreign interest or substantial control by foreign persons to register.

Ownership of 10 percent of an entity by an individual or 50 percent by a group of individuals constitutes a significant interest or substantial control under AFIDA. Reports published by FSA provide more details on definitions and requirements. The reports are at https://www.fsa.usda.gov/programs-and-services/economic-and-policy-analysis/afida/index.

The FSA annual reports (2014 is the most recent) provide an account of the total acreage in foreign ownership as well as a breakdown of the types of land held. Reviewing those reports affords an insight into foreign activity in rural land markets nationally and down to the county level. The table lists the top five states for acreage held in foreign ownership with Maine ranking slightly ahead of Texas. Most of the Maine acreage consists of forests. Texas, Alabama, and Washington also support substantial expanses of forested acreage.

In fact, forestland composes the largest category of foreign-owned land nationwide (Figure 1). From 2006–08, major timber producers divested their land holdings, obviously transferring many acres into foreign ownership. After 2008, the three main categories of agricultural land in foreign ownership began to expand (forest, pasture, and cropland) with foreign holdings growing substantially through 2011. Cropland holdings continued to increase through 2014 while timber and pasture holdings remained steady.

The Texas experience somewhat mirrored national trends. The major departure from nationwide trends focuses on the forestland dynamics where foreign ownership exploded from 2006 through 2009, vaulting it from the smallest category to the largest, a place it maintained through the 2014 reporting cycle (Figure 2). Most of this expansion transpired in the pine timber region of East Texas and involved purchases by Canadian-owned entities.

Pasture and cropland holdings grew substantially beginning in 2008 and continued that enlargement through 2011. From 2012 through 2014, holdings in all categories stabilized. Currently, anecdotal reports from the field suggest foreign purchasers from China may be fueling another increase in foreign ownership. FSA reports for 2015 (in preparation) and 2016 may confirm this trend.

The national distribution of foreign-owned acreage and the distribution in Texas by county are shown in Figures 3 and 4. Much of New England has little foreign ownership.

The largest acreage holdings occur in East, South, and West Texas (Figure 4). Tyler, Newton, Polk, and Hidalgo Counties have the largest acreage concentrations of foreign ownership along with the country of origin for the largest owners (Figure 5).

FSA reports identify the country of origin for the five nations with the largest land holdings by acreage and identifies those remaining as “Other.” The Other category comprises the foreign ownership in Briscoe, Culberson, Hidalgo, Jeff Davis, and Zavala Counties. Canadian owners dominate in five counties, all in the timberland region of East Texas. German owners prevail in Nolan, Sterling, and Willacy, perhaps focusing on cropland. The Netherlands appears in the forested areas of Polk and Trinity, but also in Presidio in West Texas. Ownership based in the United Kingdom focused on Reeves County.

The report documents a substantial expansion of parcels owned by foreigners, growing by nearly 40 percent from 2004 levels and 33 percent since 2007 (Figure 6). Texas should anticipate the potential for this statistic to expand as future markets see interest from foreign entities.



The Takeaway
Texas ranks second in states with the most foreign-held land, with 2.9 million acres under foreign ownership. Forest, pasture, and cropland are in highest demand. Failure to comply with AFIDA can result in substantial penalties to buyers.


Dr. Gilliland (c-gilliland@tamu.edu) is a research economist with the Real Estate Center at Texas A&M University.



Texas Vineyards


The Texas Hill Country has emerged as the center of the Texas wine industry. Texas Hill Country AVA and the Fredericksburg in the Texas Hill Country AVA are officially part of the American Viticultural Areas.  AVA areas allows vintners to describe more accurately the origin of their wines to consumers and helps consumers to identify wines they may purchase. The wines of the Hill Country range from Bordeaux blends to Italian varietals, as well as cool-climate grapes. The Hill Country is a quality wine producing region, and the wines have won numerous awards both at home and internationally.

Hill Country Climate


Boasting some of the bluest skies by day and dark star-filled skies at night, the Texas Hill Country has some of the mildest weather in the state. Hot, but not stifling, summers and mild winters with much of the year delivering spring and autumn-like temperatures gives the Texas Hill Country a comfortable, moderate climate that allows for year-round outdoor activities. January’s average low is only 32 and August’s average high is only 92. With average annual rainfall at 33 inches, the Hill Country is in hardiness zone 8B.

Spring Wildflowers


Thanks to former first lady Ladybird Johnson’s efforts in the 1960’s, the Texas Hill Country is famous for wildflowers! As former First Lady of the United States Lady Bird Johnson once said, native plants “give us a sense of where we are in this great land of ours.” As a result, the Hill Country spring season is full of bluebonnets, Indian paintbrush, primrose, phlox, verbena and Texas mountain laurel that brings a rainbow of colors to the landscape for miles. Texas live oak and Ashe juniper and cedar are among the many trees native to the Hill Country.

The information contained on this website is deemed reliable, but is not warranted by Nine Bar Land & Cattle, Helen Dockal,  Broker.

Buyer’s brokers must be identified on first contact, and must accompany buying prospect on first showing to be allowed full fee participation. If this condition is not met, fee participation will be at sole discretion of Helen Dockal, broker.