About

Fallon-Cortese Land, formerly, Emmet Fallon Agency, was established in 1972. Knowing the importance of infusing new energy into a business, Emmet was joined by Nick Cortese in 2004.

Tens of millions of dollars in sales and hundreds of satisfied customers later, we still do business the old-fashioned way, with honesty and integrity. Since 2004, Fallon-Cortese Land has continued to refresh and renew by adding new agents, and Kelly Sparks. A combination of experience and a thorough knowledge of New Mexico ranches has brought continued success; but, more importantly, many new friends and repeat customers.

Seeing the need for a more central location, a new agency was added in Ruidoso, NM. With experienced realtor, Stacy Hamilton, at the office in Ruidoso, the recreational and retirement needs of people looking to relocate to the cool pines are being satisfied.

Our principals include the founder Emmet Fallon, Associate Broker Kelly Sparks, and Nick Cortese Qualifying Broker. All were raised on New Mexico farms and ranches and continue to operate their own farms and ranches.

Community service has been an important part of our brokers’ lives. Each have served their communities for many years in various capacities; such as Mayor, County Commissioner, school board, and in their churches as volunteers and officers.

We specialize in selling reasonably priced working cattle ranches and farms. We return calls; we are not afraid of hard work or long hours, and we will tell you the truth. If those qualities are important to you, please check out our listings or let us know if you are looking to list your property.

We rely on our reputation, on repeat customers and word of mouth advertising to continue to grow our business. We hope you give us a try!
Fallon-Cortese Land

Nick Cortese
575-760-3818
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Nick Cortese


Nick Cortese was born and raised in Fort Sumner, NM. His family owned and operated Valley Feed and Grain, as well as farming and ranching. After graduating from high school, Nick attended NMSU. While in college he was a member of the Rodeo Team, Livestock Judging Team and Block and Bridle. In 1973, Nick graduated with a degree in Ag Education and began teaching Agriculture at Gadsden HS in Anthony, NM. After teaching for a couple of years, Nick and Karen moved to Loving, NM to farm & ranch with his father-in-law, Jim Ogden. Feeling the tug to move back home and partner with his dad and brother, Nick and Karen moved back home to the plains of Eastern New Mexico in 1977. He worked in the family corporation until 1999 at which time, he and Karen opened a meat processing plant. Deciding to sell Cortese Meats in 2004 and join long-time realtor Emmet Fallon, enabled Nick to use all of his accumulated knowledge, experiences, and contacts to become a successful realtor. With a reputation of honesty and integrity, Nick has broadened his real estate dealings from Eastern New Mexico into all four corners of New Mexico. Nick serves as the qualifying broker for Fallon Cortese Land.
Kelly Sparks
575-760-9214
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Kelly Sparks


Kelly was raised on the west side of New Mexico, in Glenwood. In high school, she was involved in sports and rodeo. She attended college at Mesalands Community College in Tucumcari, NM on a rodeo scholarship. After graduating from MesaLand in with a degree in equine science, she attended ENMU getting her Bachelor’s Degree in Ag Economics. Following graduation, Kelly managed a ranch in Eastern NM as well as taking care of wheat cattle. Kelly continues to train horses and compete in barrel races. She moved to Ft. Sumner in 2008 and began working for Fallon Cortese Land in 2011 as an associate broker.
Jacquelyn Higgins
806-787-5814
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Jacquelyn “Jackie” Higgins


Jacquelyn “Jackie” Higgins recently joined Fallon-Cortese Land Company. Jackie is from a long time ranching family, having grown up on large ranches in Colorado. She and her husband, Dawson, now reside in Union County, NM, where they have a cow – calf operation. She also works with Dawson’s parents who are long time area residents, and with her parents who have retired to a smaller ranching operation.

Jackie is a proud graduate of Texas Tech University, and holds a degree in Agricultural and Applied Economics with a minor in Animal Science.

Jackie has a variety of work experience that has prepared her for entry into real estate sales. She was a legislative aide, she has worked in NMSU Cooperative Extension, as well as research and USDA government programs.

Jackie is a member of the Texline Church of Christ and enjoys serving her community through church related events as well as many other events and organizations. She is an avid horsewoman who enjoys riding in and working at barrel races when she can. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, canning, John Wayne movies, and US history.

Contact Jackie to buy or list your residential property, farm property, or ranch property in northeastern New Mexico today. She knows the people, the area, the land, and the local resources. We believe that you will find no other representative in this area to work harder for you!



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