Rural Land Market Continues Strong & Steady

SW Wisconsin Land Market Update

The average price per acre increased slightly during the 2nd quarter 2017 in southwestern Wisconsin while the number of sales jumped 31% when compared to the 1st quarter of 2017. The average price per acre of 2nd quarter sales for the entire region was $3,484.

Year over year comparisons show the number of transactions as well as the average price per acre down slightly due to a strong 2nd quarter in 2016. Overall, the rural land market remains vigorous yet without much upward pressure on prices.

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Current Market Characteristics

  • Inventory is on the increase

Properties new to the market picked up somewhat during 2nd quarter, but not nearly enough to meet demand. New listings, if priced correctly, are getting a lot of attention.

  • Stronger demand for larger parcels

While the number of transactions are down from last year, the number of acres sold during the 1st half of 2017 increased by 25%. Larger parcels continue to attract buyers this year with the average parcel size sold during 2nd quarter at 83 acres.

  • Farmland demand is on the rise

The sale of farmland acres jumped 58% during the 1st half of 2017 compared to the 1st half of 2016. Farmland comprised 36% of the total acres sold so far in 2017, whereas farmland acres totaled just 28% of the total acres sold during the 1st half of the previous year.

  • Buyers are actively looking, making offers

Once Spring arrived, buyer activity resumed a healthy pace. Buyers in general continue to bid at market value for rural land keeping prices steady.

2nd Quarter 2016 vs. 2nd Quarter 2017

Here’s a look at land sales by county in SW Wisconsin:

Grant County
5 tracts of land sold during the 2nd quarter 2017 (involving 513 acres) compared to 4 sales during the 2nd quarter of the previous year (involving 404 acres). The average price per acre was $3,140 compared to $4,352 a year ago; a decrease of 28%. This is the largest county in the region with a lot of variation in land type from north to south. The type of land and location within the county are the biggest factors in this price fluctuation.

Iowa County
3 tracts of land sold during the 2nd quarter 2017 (involving 118 acres) compared to 6 sales during the 2nd quarter of the previous year (involving 403 acres). The average price per acre was $4,213 compared to $4,131 a year ago; an increase of 2%.

Lafayette County
2 tracts of land sold during the 2nd quarter 2017 compared to 4 sales during the 2nd quarter of the previous year. The average price per acre was $5,739 compared to $3,605; an increase of 59%. The major factor influencing this price shift was the type of land sold (mostly farmland in 2017) and does not indicate a major market change.

Sauk County
8 tracts of land sold during the 2nd quarter 2017 (involving 369 acres) compared to 14 sales during the 2nd quarter of the previous year (involving 795 acres). The average price per acre was $3,993 compared to $3,729 a year ago; an increase of 7%.

Vernon County
9 tracts of land sold during the 2nd quarter 2017 (involving 841 acres) compared to 6 sales during the 2nd quarter of the previous year (involving 337 acres). The average price per acre was $3,468 compared to $3,296 a year ago; an increase of 5%.

Crawford County
6 tracts of land sold during the 2nd quarter 2017 (involving 808 acres) compared to 3 sales during the 2nd quarter of the previous year (involving 153 acres). The average price per acre was $2,695 compared to $2,185 a year ago; an increase of 23%

Richland County
5 tracts of land sold during the 2nd quarter 2017 (involving 312 acres) compared to 5 sales during the 2nd quarter of the previous year. The average price per acre was $2,650 compared to $3,088 a year ago; an decrease of 14%.

For Landowners

If you would like a more detailed land market report for your area (free)*, visit www.LandMarketReport.com for instructions on how to order.

Averages are just guidelines
Buyers and sellers need to be aware that average sale prices are only a general guideline. An on-site property evaluation by an experienced land agent is needed to give you an accurate picture of what a property is worth in the current market. To learn more about the rural land market in Southwest Wisconsin, begin your search here: Southwest-Wisconsin-Real-Estate.com

*Free Land Market Reports are available to landowners for these SW Wisconsin Counties: Grant, Lafayette, Iowa, Sauk, Richland, Crawford, & Vernon
*SW Wisconsin includes Grant County, Lafayette County, Iowa County, Sauk County, Richland County, Crawford County, & Vernon County. All data was sourced from the SCWMLS & WiREx. Because this article was intended to review the rural land market, properties smaller than 20 acres, residential, and commercial land sales were not included.

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