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Dirt Cheap: Buy Your Remote Piece of Canada

Globe & Mail, May 4, 1996

For years, Sandra and Ken Prentice dreamed of homesteading in Northern Ontario. Last May, their dream came true when they moved on to 80 acres of land near Cochrane, Ont., that cost them just $19,900

“We always wanted a back-to-basics lifestyle where we could do some farming and raise a few animals,” Ms. Prentice says. “Now we have our place in the sun- and it didn’t cost us an arm and a leg.”

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NIHO Unveils New Dude Ranch Concept

James Risdon, Business in Vancouver,  December 24-30, 1996

OH GIVE ME A HOME….

After years of buying land in the Interior, selectively logging it and reselling it to recreational land buyers, the NIHO Land & Cattle Company is moving on to what it hopes will be greener pastures.

Rudy Nielsen, president of New Westminster-based NIHO, stopped logging land about two years ago, and started looking for another focus for his company.

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Investor’s Guide to Real Estate

Jodie Heap, Business in Vancouver, April 23-29, 1996

If you rifle through as many prospective deals as Rudy Nielsen does in a given day, you’ve no doubt developed a pretty thorough selection system.

As owner and founder of Niho Land & Cattle Co. Ltd., Nielsen typically buys 140 rural and recreational properties in any given year. He admits that the system he uses isn’t particularly sophisticated, but it’s methodical and detailed to a fault,

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Nielsen Says Research is the Key

James Risdon, Real Estate News, March 21,  1995

Here’s a quick summary of how to buy recreational land, boiled down from a talk by Rudy Nielsen, president of NIHO Land & Cattle.

Nielsen, one of the biggest buyers and sellers of vacant land in BC, says only 40 percent of his money is spent on buying land: the rest is sunk into research to make sure he buys the right land.

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The Great Land Rush

The Vancouver Sun, June 17, 1995

The foyer looks like a Cariboo bunkhouse: leather chairs, a Stetson hanging from a steer’s horn, cowhides tacked to the wall and horseshoes for doorhandles.

It is from here at the 6th Street offices of NIHO Land & Cattle Company in New Westminster, that Rudy Nielsen runs his empire like some shrewd cattle baron from the 1880’s.

But don’t be fooled by the rustic entrance and the blue jeans- out back is a set of computer,

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Just a Country Boy at Heart

B.C. Ultimate Guide to Buying & Selling, March 1995

When you walk into the offices of the Niho Land and Cattle Company, it’s easy to believe you’ve slipped back to earlier times in British Columbia.

Cattle skulls, guns, knives, frontier pictures and paintings displayed on barnboard walls might not be the norm in real estate office décor but then Rudy Nielsen isn’t exactly your run-of-the-mill guy. When he and his commercial real estate business went belly up in the late 1970’s,

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Rudy Nielsen – The Heart of a Country Boy

Duart Snow, Cottage Magazine, Fall 1994

Rudy Nielsen has this John Wayne replica Bowie knife. The president of Niho Land & Cattle Company- among the leading players on BC’s booming recreational property market- keeps it as a reminder that his family firm became a winner by being different.

He takes the ornate, foot-long knife from a case in his office and stabs it into a well-used nick in the top of his rustic wooden desk: “It reminds me how it all works… It reminds me to be different.

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Nielsen Caters to Urban Cowboys

James Risdon, Business in Vancouver, 1995

Urban cowboys are snatching up ranchland within a five-hour drive of Vancouver.

Waiting to sell it to them is Rudy Nielsen, the land developer who heads New Westminster-based NIHO Land & Cattle Company Ltd. and LandQuest Realty Corp.

In some cases, the urbanites who head for the hills take their role playing very seriously.

“I know a group of guys who have this land and a trailer on it and every Friday night they leave and put on red shirts,

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Land of Opportunity

Rudy Nielsen, Equity Magazine, 1994

Ten years ago our company decided that instead of investing our future into commercial and residential real estate investments, which we had done for some 20 years we would change our focus and make a business out of investing in recreational properties.

Our priority was to be diversified. So we acquired only ocean, lake, and river-front properties, islands, exotic hideaways, small ranches and timber stands.

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An Urban Guide to Investing in Land

Jurock Real Estate Investor, August / September 1993

To some people, “recreation” is a $400,000 home or a “basic” $230,000 condo in Whistler. To others, it’s a vacant piece of wilderness land near Alaska. One man’s nightingale is another’s owl.

Whatever the vision, many people have given up looking for their own escape places. Properties seem too expensive or they don’t want to buy into a co-op purchase of a large acreage where they may never see a return on (or even use of) the land.

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