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RICS Rural Land Market Survey H1 2008

UK farmland prices surged at the fastest pace in the RICS' rural market survey's history during the first half of 2008.

(Source: RICS Rural Market Survey H1 2008, 28 Jul 2008)

The farmland market jumped forward, with the average price rising by 24 percent (the fastest pace in the survey’s history) in the first half of 2008 and by 47 percent year on year.

Arable land rose by 32 percent and pasture land rose by 16 percent. Sharp increases in commodity prices continue to encourage farm investors to expand production or enter the market as purchasers.

The number of farmland sales surged by 50 percent year on year and farmland availability picked up by in both the residential and non-residential sectors. Sharp rising costs in food and commodity prices have pushed input prices upwards resulting in marginal farms becoming unprofitable.

RICS spokesperson, Julian Sayers said:

"Ever rising commodity prices have pushed the price of farmland to record highs as farmers and investors compete for arable land. However, the days of the lifestyle buyer are on the wane. The credit crunch is putting an end to city expansion into the country as the precarious financial situation has made city slickers re-think their lifestyle priorities."

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