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Is land market still ideal place to be?

Is there still heat in the land market? The evidence from recent completed sales shows that there is still firm demand for land.

(Source: Farmers Guardian, 15 Jan 2010)

You could be forgiven for thinking otherwise at present but while most farmers are probably concentrating on coping with the prolonged spell of wintery weather at the start of a New Year, others may be turning their minds to the possibility of purchasing or selling farmland in 2010.

The evidence from recent completed sales shows that there is still firm demand for land and farms and the desire to expand is still at the forefront of the minds of many farmers and investors. Alistair Darling has, by and large, left tax breaks open in terms of land for farmers and investors.

Similar tax advantages for land in, or destined to go into, forestry is in turn helping to underpin values for marginal land suitable for planting.

Low interest rates – for savers and investors – will also turn individual’s minds to farms and land as a more secure investment – particularly as financial institutions struggle to get back on their feet again.

The indication so far is that there is likely to be a shortage of larger commercial farms and large blocks of land on the market in 2010, as interest rates remain at all-time lows and livestock prices remain high.

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