Asheville Real Estate Journal
BIG Acreages and Farmland - A "Safe" Investment?
As a large acreage real estate brokers here in the Asheville , NC area, we are keen observers of the Land Market across the USA. Recently we had a discussion about Lots and Land . We hypothesized that Land Buyers (in this case large acreages) might find attractive the idea of special lending program(s)...possibly in concert with conservation organizations... possibly as sustainable agriculture grants ... Possibly a lease to buy program with a Farm Stewardship organization... .
Taking that discussion one step further- in terms of a "safe" investment- how does the large acreage and/or farmland real estate market look as compared to Lots in developments (where in a number of cases once very expensive lots have now tumbled in price?
Farmland Values Increasing
With farmland values increasing at rapid rates over the past 5 years, there has been growing concern over whether buyers/investors may face a farm real estate bubble. ... However, according to farmdoc daily farm debt levels are LOW, as measured by leverage.
If you are considering buying and/or investing in Large Acreages/ Land /Conservation Stewardship Land/ Land Legacies check out these resources before you act:
1. 2010 Farmland Value Survey Iowa State University
2. Farmland Values Up 2011 - "While most of the real estate market in the United States remains in a slump, rising commodity prices and other factors are causing a surge in demand for farmland and other agricultural properties."
3. The Impact of Higher Farmland Values on Real Estate Taxes
4. USDA Report Offers Continued Support for Land Values... "reasonably safe to predict that land values should remain strong through next year. "
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