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Jeff was born and raised on a Central South Dakota farm and ranch. He is still involved in a partnership on the property along the Missouri River that was homesteaded by his Great Grandfather in the 1880s. Jeff began his education in a one-room schoolhouse. After receiving his Ag Business degree from South Dakota State University, he spent 15 years as an ag lender. Prior to joining Hayden Outdoors, Jeff owned and operated two real estate companies with a focus on rural real estate. He has over 44 years of experience in real estate brokerage and banking and has handled complex multi-million-dollar transactions representing both buyers and sellers and has extensive knowledge of IRC 1031 Exchanges. Jeff is a licensed real estate broker in South Dakota.
I wanted to take a few minutes to tell you about my experience with Jeff Garrett with Hayden Outdoors as my buying and selling agent. In 2011 we were in search of a farm to purchase for my recreational use and also as an investment. We found several farms in South Dakota that looked interesting. Jeff Garrett came recommended as an agent at that time as he has been in the business quite some time and also had a “banking” background which proves invaluable in many ways in a deal. We started looking at 400 acre parcels and through many days and weeks of negotiation ended up purchasing a 2200 acre parcel. The expertise that Jeff brought to the table in regard to land selection that fit my needs, cost per acre value analysis, trend analysis in regard to land prices and buyer to seller negotiation skills where in valuable during this deal. I could not have been happier through the experience as Jeff was professional, knowledgeable and personable. The follow-up to questions with relevant answers and “unasked” opinions on questions I did not even know to ask were extremely valuable. Jeff knew what to look for in a good property similar to information a qualified inspector would give in a house or building inspection. Dotted all the i ‘s and crossed all the t’s. Over the years, Jeff and I kept casually in touch and when it was time for us to become “a seller” he was our first call. We made it quite difficult for Jeff as we really did not want to sell, but it was time for us to move on as a family and do some other things if the price was right. Given that I did not want to sell, we put a very high price on the farm which was over and above any price that the county had ever sold for on a cost per acre basis. Jeff went about his work looking for the special buyer through great marketing in print media, MLS, personal networking that comes with decades of experience and video which was used on the web site and as a featured real estate program on TV. The marketing of the property was over the top and Jeff and his organization were on it the entire time. Once marketed, Jeff did a great job of qualifying and evaluating prospective buyers so that we were not burdened with offers or prospective buyers that simply would not or could not get the finish line. We appreciated him filtering out those prospects. He was fantastic at the actual negotiation piece on our final offer whereas there were several back and fourth’s on price as well as many nuances in the deal that an inexperienced agent would not have been able to manage or to get the deal to the finish line. Many of these nuances we found out after closing as Jeff did it in the course of the daily management of the buyers needs, shielding us from day to day issues in regard to the sale. Because he had been the buyer agent for me, I knew how he managed these deals through the process seamlessly to the closing table. Once closed, Jeff did not go away as he was and still is always available for follow-up questions and commentary. We ended up closing our deal within 2% of our original asking price. If you are considering selling or buying a ranch, farm or land of any kind from $500,000 to $50,000,000 I would highly recommend Jeff Garret as your agent. One of the things that is paramount in any relationship is trust and Jeff tells it like it is even if it is not to Jeff’s advantage to do so. These are the kind of people you want on your team when you are trying to sell or buy your property.
Rose and I would like to thank you for all of the help you have given us with the sale of our land in Wyoming. It was a pleasure working with someone who helped to make the sale happen. We will keep you in mind if we ever require help with any type of real estate endeavors in the future. Rest assured that we would not hesitate to recommend you to anyone who might be looking for a reliable, professional and courteous, realtor with whom to conduct business with. Thanks, again.