Our goal is not to be the biggest real estate company around, but to be a company known for personalized service and integrity. We have made lifelong friendships in the course of bringing buyers and sellers together, and that is our real satisfaction in building a real estate business.
We concentrate our marketing efforts to Fremont County, WY which is beautiful, diversified area of Wyoming. From the irrigated farmlands of the central part of the county to the Wind River Mountain Range to the west and Owl Creek Mountains to the north, the landscape is varying and beautiful in its diversity.
Fred was raised on an Iowa farm and graduated from Iowa State University with degrees in Agriculture Business and Animal Science. He served two years with the U.S. Army in the Signal Corps. His career work prior to entering the real estate field includes almost 30 years of business and banking experience. He achieved the positions of Bank President and Branch Manager and earned his Series 6 and 7 Securities License as well as various insurance licenses. He served as a Special Assets loan officer with Farm Credit Services during the 1980’s “farm crisis”.
He has worked for the Farm Credit System, Agricredit Acceptance Corp., Agristor Credit Corp., Montana Bank, Norwest Bank (now Wells Fargo), Community First National Bank, (now Bank of the West) and Wyoming Community Bank. He is well versed in land and home financing.
Fred and his wife Colleen live in the Pavillion area and operate a small ranch operation. They also own and operate Nelson Architects, LLC in Riverton. They have one son Cole, who is studying pre-med at University of Wyoming.
The agriculture base in Fremont County is alfalfa and cow/calf operations. There are some row crops such as sugar beets, beans and corn, although the area is primarily known for it’s high quality alfalfa, much of which is shipped to out-of-state dairies. Since we are in a high-desert arid climate, our crops have to be irrigated.
One of the largest irrigation projects in the country, the Midvale Irrigation District, is located in Pavillion. In Wyoming, water rights are attached to the land and cannot be severed. In the Midvale Irrigation District, water rights are not prioritized by date: everyone has the same priority and gets the same allotment of water based on their number of acres. Ditch riders maintain the allotments. This keeps the number of “disputes” over water to a minimum.
We had been looking without success for rural land in Wyoming that met both our short term needs for recreation and our long term needs for development of our future home. A Range Realty listing came up in our search that seemed to check all of our boxes except that there was a severe need to clean up the land due to past neglect. Fred helped us navigate the challenges of closing the deal to purchase the land and then went above and beyond by personally helping us with parts of our cleanup efforts using his own tractor! While we were cleaning up the property, Fred let us borrow his side-by-side, which saved us a ton of time. He’s even helped us order and post some signage on the property while we were away.
Fred and his wife immediately made us feel welcome in the community… a community in which they clearly have a lot of deep, personal connections. As we explored the surrounding towns and interacted with people, it seemed that everyone had a fond story to tell about Fred. He was quick to provide recommendations whenever we needed advice on where to shop or who to talk to about a given project.
Fred doesn’t stop at closing to make sure you have the best experience with your purchase as possible. For that, we will be forever grateful. We are so happy to call the Nelsons our new friends and neighbors!
Edward and Glenna from Colorado
In November of 2019 we met Fred while we were trying to sell my late parent’s small ranch in Riverton. We had been working with another realtor long distance (we live in Washington state) who was very sour on the property and told us he didn’t think it would sell. We drove out there to meet with him and met Fred accidentally at a restaurant. Fred showed up at our place that same afternoon and we immediately changed our minds.
To say that we were thrilled with Fred’s work would be an understatement. He was incredible. He was enthusiastic, hard working and committed to getting us the best deal both financially as well as time wise. We could only stay for a month, so Fred guided us on what to sell from the property and how to handle all the details long distance. He helped us return the Dish and Satellite equipmen. He made this WORK, all long distance, all with the grace and humor that Fred brings to the sale! We can’t recommend him enough!!
Cheryl and Di Bachus
To Future Real Estate Buyers and Sellers in Fremont County:
Our names are Larry and Chris McClimans from Illinois. We had been searching for a Wyoming property through all of the usual sources, Realtor.com, Zillow, etc. We were referred to Fred Nelson at Range Realty. We called him and he immediately met us in Riverton and we discussed our needs.
He found us a property that was not listed for sale at the time but which he knew the owner wanted to sell. Even though the property wasn’t listed, he presented it to us, knowing that he had no agreement with anyone to pay him anything for his efforts.
We loved the property and put an offer in on it, which was accepted. We had to go back to Illinois but had bought some cows from SW Wyoming which were going to be delivered while we weren’t here. Fred took delivery of the cattle for us and cared for them on his land until we got back.
If you are looking for a Realtor who will put your interests first, call Fred at Range Realty.
Larry and Chris McCLimans
Thanks much for the kind referral Larry and Chris. It was great meeting you and we welcome you to the community. We are also especially excited that you are our new neighbors!
There are realtors and there are realtors. Fred Nelson is above and beyond what one would expect from a realtor. Fred drove my husband and I around for a full day looking at properties. He listened carefully to our needs and desires and came up with the perfect property.
Moving does not happen overnight and there are logistics to moving from out of state. Fred came out and watered the pasture twice while we were not yet here. Fred also appeared with a tractor and a work crew to unload the moving rig. Who would expect this kind of service from a realtor? It is pretty amazing.
Fred is not just our realtor he is our neighbor and new friend. If you are thinking of moving in this part of Wyoming, this is the man to guide you. You will not be disappointed.
Elizabeth and Stan from Minnesota