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  • Which way for farmland prices?

    Posted By : Daniel Kiernan on July 31st, 2012

    Location : farmland

    Which way for farmland prices?

    Is the farmland bubble bursting?

    In the short term, no. But, in the longer term, a few key factors may contribute to downward pressure on land values. But at the same time, there’s equal reason to believe the sharply higher trend in land values may only sharpen further.

    Looking ahead to 2013, the explosion in land values is expected to fizzle a bit, but still remain burning driven largely by what’s expected to be a rise in interest rates and a softening of the commodity marketplace. But, that’s not an altogether bad thing, accordin…

  • Farm land prices in Scotland double in five years

    Posted By : Daniel Kiernan on July 19th, 2012

    Location : farmland

    Farm land prices in Scotland double in five years

    The average value of Scottish farm land has almost doubled over the past five years, according to the latest Knight Frank Scottish Farmland Index.

    Top quality arable land is now worth just over £7,053 an acre, with ploughable grassland at £3,600 an acre and hill land at £614 an acre.

    Farm land values rose by 3% on average during the first half of 2012, slowing slightly in the second quarter of the year with prices increasing by just 1% but the prediction is for further growth in values of 3% over the next 12 months.

    ‘Peopl…

  • Investment in a rural estate would have given one of best returns last year

    Posted By : Daniel Kiernan on July 16th, 2012

    Location : farmland

    Investment in a rural estate would have given one of best returns last year

    A RURAL estate with manor, land and commercial interests would have outperformed antiques, wine, equities, commercial and residential property as an investment over the past year, according to a survey of eight recognised investment assets.

    An estate of 3,208 acres would have taken third place in the most worthwhile investments according to the eight categories, behind gold and classic cars, says property consultancy Carter Jonas.

    But agricultural land alone, without any other property or commercial diversity, outperformed all ot…

  • UK farm land sees decade of annual growth

    Posted By : Daniel Kiernan on July 11th, 2012

    Location : farmland

    UK farm land sees decade of annual growth

    UK farmland values are on course for a tenth consecutive year of annual growth following a 3.9% increase for all land types during the first six months of 2012 according to Savills research.

    In the short to medium term growth, while still significant, is forecast to be less dramatic than that recorded during the past five to 10 years at around 5% per annum.

    ‘Many farmers have watched their property’s value double or even treble during the past few years and for some this represents a good opportunity to cash in on the strong market an…

  • Chinese buyers move in on UK farmland market

    Posted By : Daniel Kiernan on July 6th, 2012

    Location : farmland

    Chinese buyers move in on UK farmland market

    Chinese buyers, whose interest in foreign farmland has raised hackles from Argentina to Australia, have turned their attention to the UK – although for investment, rather than food security, reasons.

    “We are seeing interest from a wide variety of investors, as well as farmers. It is interesting to note that over the past 60 years farmland has often performed well in times of economic crisis. During the reign of Queen Elizabeth prices have risen by almost 11,000%.”

    James Prewett, Head of Regional Farm Sales in Central and Western Englan…

  • West Country farmland revealed as a better investment than a Mayfair apartment

    Posted By : Daniel Kiernan on June 29th, 2012

    Location : farmland

    West Country farmland revealed as a better investment than a Mayfair apartment

    The lush green fields of the West are set to increase in value so much in the next four years that they are a better investment for the rich than gold, oil or an apartment in Mayfair.

    That is the conclusion of research by leading economists who said that the value of farmland – even if it is not on the edge of a town and has no chance of being sold for development – was set to rise by 37 per cent by 2016.

    And that return beats all the forecasts of growth for gold, traditionally the safe harbour for the world’s millionaires in troubl…

  • Big pension funds plough money into farmland

    Posted By : Daniel Kiernan on June 28th, 2012

    Location : farmland

    Big pension funds plough money into farmland

    Some of the world’s biggest pension funds said they have been ploughing money into farmland around the world as they seek to diversify portfolios and generate stable returns at a time of market volatility.

    At an agriculture investment summit in London on Wednesday, leading U.S. and European pensions funds said few assets remained immune from whipsawing markets, prompting institutions to look at farmland.

    “The crisis has accelerated our agriculture program,” said Jose Minaya, head of natural resources and infrastructure investments…

  • British farms a better bet than gold

    Posted By : Daniel Kiernan on June 27th, 2012

    Location : farmland

    British farms a better bet than gold

    The price of British farms will rise higher than any other class of real estate in Europe over the next four years driven by investors buying farmland to capitalize on growth in global demand for food and also to shield wealth and pay less tax.

    Farmland values will rise 37 percent by 2016, beating forecast growth for gold, oil, ten-year British government bonds and homes in London’s most exclusive neighborhoods, according to data compiled by Oxford Economics and the research arm of property consultant Savills. The United Nations’ f…

  • Farmland returns beat other investment assets in 2011

    Posted By : Daniel Kiernan on June 25th, 2012

    Location : farmland

    Farmland returns beat other investment assets in 2011

    Returns from let farmland and other rural property increased sharply in 2011, outstripping gains from commercial and residential investments and confirming the rural sector’s position as the top-performing UK property asset in recent years.

    Figures from the latest IPD Rural Property Investment Index show the sector delivered an overall return of 15.9%, well ahead of the 9% recorded in 2010.

    That return was also well above that from commercial property at 7.8% and residential property at 11.3%. Bonds ran a close second to farmland at …

  • Price of farm land rises over 10,000% during Queen’s reign, research shows

    Posted By : Daniel Kiernan on June 6th, 2012

    Location : farmland

    Price of farm land rises over 10,000% during Queen’s reign, research shows

    English farm land has risen in value by 10,745% during the lat 60 years, according to research carried out to mark The Queen’s diamond jubilee.

    Values rose most quickly, up by 390%, during the third decade of her reign and hit a record high of £6,156 an acre in June 2011, the research from Knight Frank shows.

    ‘Queen Elizabeth II has presided over a huge increase in the price of farmland. When she became queen in 1952 the average price of agricultural land in England was £56 per acre. It is now worth £6,073 an acre, according…

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