The 2019 Land Markets Survey was recently released by The Realtors® Land Institute and National Association of Realtors® Research Group.
The survey showed increases in both national land sales and land prices.
- Survey respondents reported a rise in sales for all types of land, led by residential and recreational land.
- The median price per acre of land transactions during October 2018 and September 2019 increased to $5,500 from $4,500 during the prior twelve-month period.
- The per acre price increase is mainly due to a higher price per acre of residential land as demand for affordable housing, and the land it is built on, continues to increase.
Although an increase was seen for both land sales and prices, for the second year in a row growth was at a slightly slower pace than the previous year. Respondents indicated the slowdown is likely a result of U.S. economic conditions, financing, and local zoning as well as depressed commodity prices. Additionally, the survey found properties were spending a longer time on the market before selling than in previous years, with land typically on the market 120 days, compared to the typical 90 to 100 days seen in past surveys.
As for the 2020 outlook, respondents expect a 2.2% sales volume increase in the next 12 months, with the strongest growth being predicted for residential, industrial, and irrigated agricultural lands. Despite the predicted increase in sales volume and a predicted increase in land prices for all land types, they expect the land price growth to be slower at a rate of 1.6% in the next 12 months.
What is it?
The annual Land Markets Survey is a tool for landowners and land real estate professionals in all sectors of the business to use for bench-marking and as an informational resource when conducting business. This year marks the sixth consecutive year that the survey has been conducted to reveal trends and the ever-changing state of land markets within the industry; and this year’s survey had the highest participation rate ever. The Realtors® Land Institute has made the full survey results available for free to the public on their website at rliland.com/about-realtors-land-institute/land-markets-survey