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Strong, Stable Rural Land Market

SW Wisconsin Land Market Update

A trend has emerged in the rural land market of southwestern Wisconsin. Since 2014, we’ve seen a strong showing in the first half of the year, then a slower third quarter followed by a rebound during the fourth quarter. That’s precisely what the numbers show for 2016 as well.

2016 Rural Land Market Review

1st Quarter- 2296 acres sold in 32 transactions for an average of $3,325/acre

2nd Quarter- 2481 acres sold in 42 transactions for an average of $3,484/acre

3rd Quarter- 1763 acres sold in 26 transactions for an average of $3,181/acre

4th Quarter- 2767 acres sold in 39 transactions for an average of $3,472/acre

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Current Market Characteristics

  • Low Inventory Continues

This sounds like a looping track, but low inventory persists. This has been the case since around October of 2015. Nice properties 40-150 acres are selling quickly. The average parcel size that sold during fourth quarter was 71 acres. This is a great time for landowners to put properties on the market.

  • Buyers Waiting in The Wings

Land buyers continue watching and waiting; but immediately jump in the game when a fairly priced property comes on the market.

  • Prices rebound

Rural land prices rebounded from third quarter’s average of $3,181/acre to finish the year at $3,472/acre. This 4th quarter 2016 average price/acre when compared to $3,308 in the 4th quarter of 2015, was an increase of 10.8%.

4th Quarter 2015 vs. 4th Quarter 2016

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

Grant County

4 tracts of land sold during the 4th quarter 2016 (involving 583 acres) compared to 8 sales during the 4th quarter of the previous year (involving 516 acres). The average price per acre was $3759 compared to $3026 a year ago; an increase of 24%.

Iowa County

7 tracts of land sold during the 4th quarter 2016 (involving 652 acres) compared to 6 sales during the 4th quarter of the previous year (involving 399 acres). The average price per acre was $3686 compared to $3855 a year ago; a decrease of 4%.

Lafayette County

Zero land sales were reported during the 4th quarter 2016 compared to 2 sales during the 4th quarter of the previous year (involving 62 acres). The average price per acre (carried over from third quarter) remains at $4688 compared to $3475 a year ago; an increase of 35%.

Sauk County

10 tracts of land sold during the 4th quarter 2016 (involving 479 acres) compared to 8 sales during the 4th quarter of the previous year (involving 696 acres). The average price per acre was $3444 compared to $3570 a year ago; a decrease of 3.5%.

Vernon County

7 tracts of land sold during the 4th quarter 2016 (involving 320 acres) compared to 8 sales during the 4th quarter of the previous year (involving 721 acres). The average price per acre was $3219 compared to $2745 a year ago; an increase of 17%.

Crawford County

5 tracts of land sold during the 4th quarter 2016 (involving 354 acres) compared to 5 sales during the 4th quarter of the previous year (involving 310 acres). The average price per acre was $2671 compared to $2677 a year ago; a negligible decrease of 0.2%.

Richland County

6 tracts of land sold during the 4th quarter 2016 (involving 379 acres) compared to 5 sales during the 4th quarter of the previous year. The average price per acre was $2834 compared to $2582 a year ago; an increase of 10%.

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

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.

*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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