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Brokering Ranch Properties for over 40 years

At M4 Ranch Group, clients receive personalized and dedicated expertise that extends beyond the property closing.

Our team brings knowledge, perspective, and creative solutions to critical aspects of land ownership needed to maximize investment in ranch property, including water rights, conservation easements, landowner preference, and habitat restoration.

No matter what type of ranch you are looking for, our team can help find the property best suited for you.

Our Team

Dan Murphy

Dan Murphy, ALC

// Licensed in Colorado, New Mexico, Wyoming

Dan Murphy, ALC, Broker & Co-Owner, has called the mountain west home his entire adult life.  Dan’s extensive and diverse business experience reveals a track record of success. His service on numerous organizational boards throughout the mountain region demonstrates a commitment to improving communities through an applied, big-picture perspective. He has dedicated much time and effort to the Realtor Land Institute Board of Directors and is currently serving as the President of the Colorado Chapter of RLI. He has served on the Colorado DOW’s Big Game Allocation Program (BGLAP), the Colorado Wildlife Federation Board of Directors, the Colorado Outfitters Association, Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission Advisory Board, and is a founder of Sportsmen for Wildlife Conservation.

Dan shows enthusiasm and advocacy for life through experiencing the wonders of the great outdoors, consistently pursuing professional and recreational life experiences.  His quest for adventure and commitment to integrity is apparent to those who know him. With a lifetime of business experience starting with owning restaurants and a bakery at 16 as time passed a guest resort, as well as owning and operating a respected outfitting business in Colorado, Montana, Alaska, and Texas for over twenty years.  Dan’s depth of experience and defined passions run far and wide.  All of these life passions, dogged work ethic, and professional experiences have led to the vision, and development of his team’s current ownership of a Nationally Recognized real estate firm, M4 Ranch Group, specializing in ranch, hunting, and recreation properties.

Seth Craft

Seth Craft, ALC

// Licensed in Colorado, New Mexico, Wyoming

Seth grew up chasing elk and deer in the Cascades of Oregon. A hugely accomplished big game hunter, Seth has a passion for sheep, mule deer, and elk. A Colorado guide for Mossback Outfitters, he knows big deer and spends a lot of the fall searching for Monster Mule Deer.

In early 2000 he joined the Marine Corps at an early age of 17 and finished out the remainder of his time in a Close Quarter Battle team. Seth worked as a Lineman for thirteen years, part of that time was spent doing storm work along the west coast. He is no stranger to hard work and has shown that he is most comfortable outdoors. Chasing his passions, he found a great fit learning the ranch and real estate profession. Seth has become one of the top producers of premier properties in Colorado, Wyoming, and New Mexico.

Seth has been recognized multiple times by the REALTORS Land Institute (RLI), the leading association for the land industry. Seth’s recognitions include being among the top 5% in production for land REALTORS across the entire country with an average of 50 premier ranch sales a year for the last 4 years.

Most recently, Seth earned his Accredited Land Consultant (ALC) designation from RLI. There are just over 600 ALCs in the entire country (less than .01% of REALTORS®). To qualify for your ALC you must complete 104 hours of school, submit a portfolio of deals with a volume requirement, and give multiple letters of recommendation from fellow ALCs. Each applicant is then reviewed by their peers for approval.

Seth offers dedication and commitment to all that he is involved in. Married for 19 years, his wife and two children are his greatest gift. Living in Montrose, Colorado, he gets to share his passion for the outdoors and love for hunting with his family.

With years of ranch and hunting experience, Seth has been successful in building perfect ranches for his clientele and has the tenacity to push on and deliver every time. Seth knows the honey holes from Colorado to New Mexico to Wyoming and can undoubtedly assemble your dream ranch.

Jake Murphy

Jake Murphy

// Licensed in Colorado

Jake Murphy literally grew up at the base of 14,000-foot peaks in his family home that sits at 9,000’ in the small mountain town of Lake City, Colorado. Jake grew up in the outfitting industry guiding hunters in Texas, Colorado, Montana, then north to Alaska. He is no stranger to time in the field.  Being a Murphy left Jake little option regarding spending a great deal of time on ranches, river projects, habitat restoration, and learning the art of the deal. These experiences have set a deep appreciation and passion for Real Estate and the opportunity to build relationships with clients and the land.

Starting his first business at the young age of 12, Jake was always striving to rise above. With a passion for long distance running as an all-state high school and collegiate athlete, he lived the definition of running rivers, running through mountain peaks, and running after elk and mule deer.

Jake has continued to give to his community while teaching others the importance of the western opportunity. He has spent 3 years as a Class V white water guide and led wilderness adventure/backpacking trips in the mountain west. Jake has served as an elite high rope search and rescue member for Colorado, attained his Wilderness First Responder certification, and currently working on completing his EMT certification.     

Michelle Murphy

Michelle Murphy

// Licensed in Colorado

Michelle Murphy, Co-owner, is a lifetime resident of the mountain west.  With a master’s degree in business and marketing, she brings a practical and dogged tenacity to the M4 Brand.  Michelle has built her life through hard work and determination.  A true hard-working Murphy, Michelle owned and operated a successful Guest Resort in Lake City for 18 years, and a hunting/fishing outfitting business taking clients into the backcountry of Colorado, Montana, Texas, and Alaska for 20 years. She and Dan started Team Murphy Realty in 2004, then M4 Ranch Group in 2017. Michelle brings a unique and outstanding talent to business - the accountant with an artistic touch. M4 Ranch Group’s incredible success is in part due to the incredible attention Michelle gives contracts, and the dynamic graphics and design seen in all aspects of the print and digital world that she generates.

Michelle is passionate about her two incredible kids, rodeoing with her daughter or rafting with her son. She has served her community as an EMT for 32 years and has been an instructor for NOLS for 23 years. Michelle’s passions and enthusiasm run deep for whatever she is involved in.

Taylor Lear

Taylor Lear

// Executive Assistant

Taylor was born and raised in Texas but fell in love with the mountains early on. Spending as many summers as possible working at camps in Colorado, she finally made Lake City her home in 2016. Taylor graduated from Texas Tech University in 2012 and jumped into a career working with kids as a director for a children’s ministry program. A deep love for camp ministry led her to Lake City where she worked as an Administrative Assistant and Retreat Coordinator. Finding that she enjoyed organization, development, and supporting people, she found a great fit with the growing M4 Ranch Group team. Taylor joined M4 Ranch Group in 2019 and manages and coordinates showings.  She helps our M4 Ranch Group team stay organized and is a vital asset to us. She soon brought along her daughter, Sawyer, who is known around the office as the “M4 Mascot.” Taylor has been involved in Young Life for many years and has volunteered as a local Young Life leader in Lake City for the last four years. She and her husband enjoy chasing around their daughter Sawyer and adventurous pup, Bonnie. They appreciate any opportunity to play outside love that Colorado has become home.

Lauren Long

Lauren Long

// Assistant

Lauren is originally from Texas and moved with her family to Lake City in 2007. She lived at Camp Redcloud, a Christian summer camp. The majority of Lauren's days were spent with the counselors and kids, helping in the camp kitchen, and at the barn working with the wranglers and 70± horses. Her love of horses, people, hard work, and the sense of responsibility that comes with it has created her outstanding work ethic.  She has worked in the hospitality and service industry throughout Lake City, giving her a great perspective and knowledge of customer relationships and problem-solving. Lauren loves Colorado and is avid about getting outside to explore the world around her with her friends and family. She handles our social media accounts and acts as our market research analyst. Having known the Murphy’s most of her life, Lauren was thrilled at the opportunity to start a career here at M4 and once again be integrated into their lives.

Brittany Hurdle

Brittany Hurdle, ALC

// Marketing Director

Brittany Hurdle is a Marketing Director and Land Broker at M4 Ranch Group with a focus on serving national homebuilder land acquisition managers, as well as national trucking companies with remote truck yards. Brittany’s analytical and creative sides unite to puzzle-piece deals together between her buyers and sellers, these assets have already solidified a strong name for herself in the development world after only five years.

Most recently, Brittany started using her development knowledge to help vacation rental/short-term rental owners find the right land for their unique projects, which has led her to get her license in various states to ensure smooth experiences for her clients.

Brittany’s love for all things real estate started during her childhood with taking listing magazines from the grocery stores and pretending to be a Realtor selling her friend's imaginary houses when they were playing house. Coupled with her family history in land acquisitions, sales and note development, it was undeniable Brittany was meant to be a real estate broker. 

Originally from Nashville, Tennessee, Brittany now calls Lake City, Colorado home.  She is a very active member of the Realtors Land Institute, having received the 2020 Chapter Administrator of the Year Award, and is also a member of CREW Network. A graduate of Middle Tennessee State University, Brittany was named the 2018 Woman of the Year by The Wilson Post. When she is not busy with land, she is obsessing over her labradoodle, Shug, at a concert, or spending time with friends and family. 

With Brittany’s change in altitude comes a unique opportunity for M4 Ranch Group. Brittany’s organizational skills, certifications and professional footprint bring an element to M4 Ranch Group, and a huge opportunity to expand on western experiences. 

“M4 Ranch Group really brings a personal touch to the real estate market.”

- Andre S.

“Thank you to the team that made it happen! Appreciate you all very much.”

- Ray & Paula