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Land market remains strong

The farmland market remains strong as prices continue to increase, but focus on quality grows.

(Source: Knight Frank Farmland Index Q2 2015, 7 Jul 2015)

Land Performance

  • +3% over 3 months
  • +10% over 12 months
  • +43% over 5 years
  • +198% over 10 years

The average price of land rose by 3% between April and June 2015, the tenth consecutive quarter of growth, according to the latest results of the Knight Frank Farmland Index.

Values have now risen by 33% since the end of 2012 and now stand at a record high. Over the past 10 years prices have almost trebled, a far stronger performance than many other asset classes.

However, the land market is becoming increasingly complex in terms of valuing specific blocks of land with price variations growing at both the national and local level.

A slight increase in the amount of land for sale, combined with lower agricultural commodity prices, means potential buyers are becoming more cautious and price sensitive when choosing what to bid on. Land quality is once again a serious consideration and vendors should be realistic when setting guide prices as over-priced farmland will struggle.

But availability is still historically low, and as a consequence we are seeing buyers, particularly investors, looking further afield, including the Welsh borders and north of England, for larger blocks of good quality land that is priced below the levels being achieved in parts of East Anglia and central and southern England.

There is also still a significant number of farmers with development roll-over cash to reinvest into land and this is helping to create local hotspots.

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