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The farmland market is booming

Buyers are attracted to farmland because of the investment potential and rarity of stock.

(Source:, 22 Jul 2010)

The exemption of farmland from liability to Inheritance Tax is one reason why farms and landed estates continue to appeal to farmers and investors, even during a recession. Another is the simple matter of supply and demand. As Dr Jason Beedell, head of research at land agents Smiths Gore, observes: ‘Before the 1990s, about 4% of land would be sold in a year, so, on average, farmers knew that there would be an opportunity to buy neighbouring land once every 25 years or so.

Now, the volume of land traded has dropped so much that the opportunity may only present itself once in a lifetime. The desire to seize an opportunity when it arises, coupled with a generally optimistic farms sector, has resulted in fierce competition in recent years, and it's not uncommon to have 10 bidders for every farm that comes onto the market.'

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