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Swan Land Brokers
Owner/Broker of Swan Land, Mike Swan

Michael S. Swan

Owner & Managing Broker
  • MT
  • NE

It was growing up in Southwest Montana where that deep sense of love for the land was first instilled in me. Our family ranch was on the banks of the Jefferson River near Twin Bridges. Being raised on a sizable commercial cow-calf operation, my brothers and I learned the importance of being good stewards of natural resources at a young age, as well as the difference that an unrelenting work ethic, attention to detail, follow through, and taking on high levels of responsibility, can make. This lifestyle shaped my sense of community and ingrained that deep-rooted sense of duty to give back.

In 2002, I obtained my real estate license. I worked my way up to managing broker before eventually founding and taking on my current role as managing broker and owner of Swan Land Company. For me, the real estate business has always been straightforward – it is about the people we serve, earning their trust, and conducting yourself with honesty and integrity. Serving your client’s best interests is the priority – it’s that simple. This singular focus has opened doors and opportunities to serve families across the Rocky Mountains as well as handling large complex and multi-faceted transactions like the Broken O Ranch near Augusta and the Climbing Arrow Ranch (CA Ranch) in the Gallatin Valley – two of the largest transactions in the history of the West.

As important as a mastery of the mechanics of real estate is, I felt there was a missing perspective in the profession. Buying and selling land in the American West is far more than a transaction. It is a seismic shift in the life of the seller—and the buyer, filled with intangibles. I experienced this firsthand when my parents decided to retire and sell our family ranch. Going through that process firsthand provided me insight into the emotional and logistical complexities involved in this life-altering change.

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  • Hometown

    Twin Bridges, Montana

  • Education

    Montana State University, Idaho State University

  • Specialties
    Complex Transactions, Ranch, Farm, Agribusiness, Recreational and Investment
More Than An Address

Ranch Living By The Numbers & Featured Sold

  • 3.6M+

    Total Acres Sold Since 2012

  • 2

    of the Most Expensive Listings in the History of Montana

  • 2012

    Deal of the Year

“His listing, marketing, and sale of the Broken O Ranch near Augusta, MT placed him in the top echelon of land brokers in the U.S.”

The Land Report

2012 Spring Issue

“Each ranch is unique and hard to value. Mike has a deep understanding of the agricultural and recreational assets of ranch properties. This enables him to connect buyers and sellers with a common, transparent understanding of the land. This builds trust – key to a good process. He intuitively understands the hopes and concerns of sellers and buyers of expensive, complex properties. Mike was able to address my concerns about properly valuing our property due to it being subject to a conservation easement. My overall experience was simply excellent - a timely sale at a fair price to a good buyer.”


Montana Ranch

“Mike sold me my first ranch and was very professional.  He prepared a due diligence doc that was excellent, and very informative. Then I went to visit the Ox Bow Ranch with him and saw the same degree of focus and commitment to the buyer.  I have not considered using anyone else since. You will work with a thoughtful gentleman who will take your interests to heart.”

Buyer & Seller

Of Several Montana Ranches  


Camas Creek Cattle & Sheep Company
  • White Sulphur Springs, Montana

  • 36,621 Total
  • $58,750,000

Acreage | Ag | Barn | Cattle | Cattle Facilities | Cattle Ranch | Conservation Potential | Fishing | House with Acreage | Hunting | Investment | Mountain View

Preparing for the Sales Process

Mike Swan will be presenting on “Preparing for the Sale Process” at the Seminar Group’s 8th Annual Ranches, Farms & Agribusiness.


Cutting-Edge Innovations

In a brokerage market facing challenges from a rapidly evolving tech space, Swan Land Company, based in Bozeman, Montana, is developing innovative solutions.

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Sale Breaks Record

Renowned for its bull elk hunting and trout fishing and featured in the 1992 movie “A River Runs Through It,” Climbing Arrow Ranch spans roughly 80,000 acres—a footprint that’s twice the size of the New York City borough of Brooklyn—spread across four counties: Gallatin, Broadwater, Madison and Meagher.

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