The Land Trends and Value Survey, presented by the Iowa Farm and Land Chapter #2 REALTORS Land Institute, reported a statewide average increase of 0.9% for tillable cropland values from September 2016 to March 2017 period. Combining this increase with the 3.7% decrease reported in September 2016 indicates a statewide average decrease of 2.8% for the year from March 1, 2016 to March 1, 2017.
In our east central district, high quality cropland is selling at $9,568 per acre. Timber is selling at $2,137 per acre. This district had a 1.1% increase and was one of seven districts that showed an increase in values from September 2016 to March 2017.
Three districts had decreases, including north central at -0.5%, southwest at -3.0% and west central at -2.0%. The highest increase was northwest district at 3.2%.
"It is positive to see land prices stabilizing," said Eric Schlutz, ALC, Realtor and manager of the Ruhl&Ruhl Realtors Muscatine Office. "We look forward to seeing additional growth in the coming months."
"I am not surprised by the increase. Land is currently tightly held as reflected by the small number of listings at this time," said Ken Paper, ALC. "There is still a lot of interest in land investment by investors and farmers, because land is a secure place for money."
For the survey, participants are asked to estimate the average value of farmland as of March 1, 2017. These estimates are for bare, unimproved land with a sale price on a cash basis.
Ruhl Farm&Land, a division of Ruhl&Ruhl Realtors, is focused on the sale, purchase and marketing of land, farms and acreages. For more information, and the price per acre of cropland in all nine Iowa districts, visit http://www.ruhlland.com/en/WebLand_LandValueSurveys.aspx
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