Murray Wise founded the Westchester Group in 1986 after acquiring the Champaign, IL division of the Sandage Companies, a traditional farm management and brokerage firm. Soon after, Westchester Group formed a strategic partnership with Cozad Asset Management. What started with small farmland-investor relations in the Midwest soon grew into working with institutional investors on a national scale.
Then in 1988, Westchester collaborated with a firm specializing in auction marketing of farm machinery and real estate. This alliance combined auction experience with unprecedented marketing expertise, perfecting the sophisticated multi-parcel auction system that made Westchester Auctions the land marketing authority. Over the next 20 years, Westchester steadily grew to a be a national leader with offices in seven states, $900 million in agricultural assets for clients, and $2.0 billion in real estate sold, along with numerous marketing excellence awards.
In 2010, Teachers Insurance and Annuity Associations of America (TIAA) purchased a majority of the global investment division of Westchester Group. This allowed Westchester Auctions, now Murray Wise Associates and Murray Wise Capital, to focus on land and agribusiness transactions. In the years since the spin-off, Murray Wise Associates and its subsidiaries have managed over $200 million in farmland assets and sold over $550M in agricultural assets at auction, through private treaty, and corporate restructuring transactions. We have acted as advisors for bankruptcies, distressed asset sales and estate motivated transactions as well as marketing, purchasing, and managing farmland across the Unites States.
Today, the company is completely focused on achieving the ownership and investment objectives of our clients and continuing the tradition of growth, innovation and commitment to excellence in the land marketing and global agricultural arenas.
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#TBT to 5 years ago this week & the East Coast Brokers & Packers auctions in Florida and Virginia in which we sold over 10,000 acres of tomato producing farmland, storage and packing facilities, and equipment in partnership with @CrosbyAssocs @weeksauction and @WoltzRealEstate pic.twitter.com/aHYeZUgM1u
**REMINDER** - Meigs County, OH Open House tomorrow - Thursday, August 16th from 4pm-6pm EST at the Salem Township Fire Station #6 in Langsville, OH. 423 acres in 17 tracts PLUS a hunting lease up for auction! For more information, visit: http://www.murraywiseassociates.com/farmland-real-estate/auction/ItemId/127/Ohio/Meigs-County?utm_source=Email+Database&utm_campaign=1f40bb535c-AEP+-+Morgan_COPY_01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_d05924d421-1f40bb535c-216036305 … pic.twitter.com/3LCkBgbJis
Brooke Didier Starks with Meyer Capel says, "Plans that irrevocably lock farmland in arrangements for extensive years eventually run the risk of resulting in unrealistic outcomes."
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