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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!

If you don’t know where to start with purchasing a home or ranch in the Hill Country, please check out our list of

Local Lenders & Hill Country Resources


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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

979-422-3074 Read more

Kim Thompson

713-705-7830 Read more

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

The Latest Nine Bar News

Texas Land Markets, Third Quarter 2017

Overall, Texas land markets continued to grow on an annual basis. However, quarterly prices changed little since the first quarter. In addition, market conditions in various regions diverged, with three regions expanding and four showing emerging weakness.Texas land markets seemed headed for a breather in the third quarter after rebounding for the three preceding quarters. While the trend continued upward, the 1.78 percent statewide gain marked the lowest year-over-year price increase since fourth quarter 2015. The muted expansion confirmed much slower Texas rural land price appreciation compared with 2013–15 levels. The 5,766 transactions represented an active market compared with totals in past third quarters. The price settled at $2,575 per acre, well ahead of $2,530 per acre in third quarter 2016 and virtually matched the second quarter 2017 price of $2,574 per acre.

Regional Market Developments

Panhandle and South Plains

The second quarter market rebound in this region appears to have diminished in the third quarter as prices inched up 1.51 percent in year-over-year comparisons. At $1,140 per acre, the third quarter price fell short of the second quarter of $1,164 per acre. The 369 sales continued the robust pace, exceeding 2016 third quarter sales by 23 percent. Total acres expanded to the largest total since fourth quarter 2014. Dairy farmers’ purchases, which contributed to strength earlier in the year, appear to have waned.

Far West Texas

The boom in oil exploration and production continued to drive prices in this region. Some buyers reportedly purchased ranches at high prices to gain access to sand for fracking wells in the drilling boom. Although slightly off second-quarter highs, overall prices continued to exceed those in 2016 by substantial margins. High bonus payments for mineral leases and purchases of land to secure water rights for municipalities put pressure on prices. The region continued to record a low level of activity, which limits the level of confidence in indicated prices.

West Texas

Price growth in the West Texas region came to a halt in third quarter 2017, retreating 4.40 percent. The price decline coincided with an uptick in activity. The 599 sales exceeded the 566 sales a year earlier. This market gave up all of its 2017 gains, falling below 2016 second-quarter levels. The decline produced a price of $1,391 per acre compared with $1,481 in the first quarter.

Northeast Texas

Continued strong price growth in Northeast Texas boosted prices 6.59 percent above third quarter 2016. The 1,906 sales were 135 more than 2016. The $3,864 per-acre regional price reached an all-time high. Renewed interest in the Haynesville Shale and robust recreational demand gave this area the strongest performance in Texas.

Gulf Coast–Brazos Bottom

Optimism born in the energy sector propped up markets in this region, reversing price declines with a 1.88 percent increase over third quarter 2016 despite Hurricane Harvey. At $5,679 per acre, sales in the region recovered to early 2016 levels. The sales volume of 674 dropped slightly from third quarter 2016 totals, perhaps reflecting a decline in the wake of Hurricane Harvey. Past flooding events suggest there will likely be a notable decline in activity for several quarters with little impact on prices. However, Harvey’s flooding reached unprecedented levels, so this market may face some turbulence.

South Texas

Land markets in this area posted a solid 4.60 percent price increase during the third quarter, continuing a positive trend that began with fourth quarter 2016. Those increases ended four quarters of declines caused by turmoil in the energy industry. The $3,614 per-acre price coincided with a sizable expansion in activity at 561 sales, an increase of 124. Despite the gain in volume, observers suggest a dearth of properties for sale has contributed to strengthening prices.

Austin–Waco–Hill Country

The Central Texas market retreat slipped further into negative territory in the third quarter, falling 1.87 percent. This decline continues a five-quarter trend of increasingly smaller price changes. At $3,525 per acre, prices surrendered all of the gains posted in the first and second quarters. Sales volume expanded slightly with 1,637 sales compared with 1,519 in third quarter 2016.


The Takeaway
In third quarter 2017, Texas land markets recorded the lowest year-over-year price increases since fourth quarter 2015.



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.