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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.

Slow But Steady Rural Land Market

SW Wisconsin Land Market Update

Similar to a year ago, there was a lull in rural land market activity during the 3rd quarter in southwestern Wisconsin. At first glance, the sold prices for 3rd quarter make the land market look like it is in the doldrums (compared to the 1st and 2nd quarters of 2016). This is mostly due to the fact that about half of the region didn’t have enough sales to establish any kind of a trend. This pattern of a strong first half of the year, followed by a slower third quarter has held true for three years in a row.

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Current Market Characteristics

  • Buyers are patient

Buyers are not quite as excited about purchasing land compared to the first half of the year. They are still looking for a fair price which no doubt factored into the lack of price increases during 3rd quarter.

  • Low Inventory Continues

Low inventory persists and we continue to see fewer than usual new properties coming on the market. Nice properties under 100 acres are selling quickly. The average parcel size that sold during 3rd quarter was 68 acres. Even larger parcels that are priced correctly get a lot of attention and spend much less time on the market than a year ago. This is a great time for landowners to put properties on the market.

  • Prices level

The number of sales dropped compared to 2nd quarter 2016 from 42 to 26 transactions. The average price per acre also declined from $3,484 to $3,181. However, it needs to be remembered that 3 of the 7 counties in the region didn’t have enough sales to establish a firm average. Richland County appears to be the best example of what the overall market is doing with level prices and a near even number of transactions.

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

SW Wisconsin Rural Land Sales*

Southwest Wisconsin 2nd & 3rd Qtr 2016
Grant Iowa Lafayette Sauk
2nd Qtr 3rd Qtr 2nd Qtr 3rd Qtr 2nd Qtr 3rd Qtr 2nd Qtr 3rd Qtr
# of sales 4 1 6 7 4 1 14 6
# acres 404 102 403 583 181 80 795 288
woods 197 63 232 212 104 3 393 185
tillable 113 39 142 307 11 77 341 37
pasture 90 0 25 53 59 0 53 66
wetland 0 0 3 0 7 0 0 0
avg $/acre $4,352 $2,173 $4,131 $3,936 $3,605 $4,688 $3,729 $3,253
Vernon Crawford Richland TOTAL
2nd Qtr 3rd Qtr 2nd Qtr 3rd Qtr 2nd Qtr 3rd Qtr 2nd Qtr 3rd Qtr
# of sales 6 5 3 2 5 4 42 26
# acres 337 205 153 276 208 229 2481 1763
woods 220 101 121 189 136 222 1403 975
tillable 96 67 19 64 60 1 782 592
pasture 21 37 12 16 10 1 270 173
wetland 0 0 0 5 0 0 10 5
avg $/acre $3,296 $2,502 $2,185 $2,628 $3,088 $3,084 $3,484 $3,181


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 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 taken 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.

Rural Land Prices Holding Firm

SW Wisconsin Land Market Update

Little has changed in the rural land market during the 2nd quarter of 2016 in Southwest Wisconsin. The number of transactions was up over 1st quarter 2016 from 32 to 42 transactions. The average price per acre rose slightly from 1st quarter; however, the average parcel size came in at just 59 acres. This is quite a bit smaller than a year ago where the average was 102 acres. Smaller parcels tend to sell at a higher dollar per acre than larger parcels, so the general land market appears to be strong with prices holding firm.

Current Market Characteristics

  • Low Inventory Continues

For the past year there have been fewer nice properties on the market. For prime real estate, multiple offers are now fairly common. The stiff competition has triggered a few offers above list price which follows the trend in metro areas where buyers are desperate enough to add escalator clauses to their offers.

  • Prices are inching upward

Four of the seven counties saw an average price per acre increase over 1st quarter. The average price-per-acre went from $3,325 in the 1st quarter of this year to $3,484/acre in the 2nd quarter. When other market factors are figured in, this isn’t much of a gain, but neither is it a loss.

  • Sellers wait and see

The summer months are typically a little slower in the rural land market, but this year the trickle of fresh new listings has almost dried up. The uncertainty of the upcoming national election results might be influencing sellers to hold off. Also, the trends in urban real estate show a hot seller’s market, and some of the property owners I have talked to recently are waiting to list in hopes that this trend will reach the rural markets as well.

  • Buyers searching, waiting

The competition for rural land is heating up a bit. Buyers are actively searching for rural properties, many waiting for something suitable to come up for sale. In most cases they do their research and aren’t bidding on overpriced parcels. Properties priced correctly for the local market are moving quickly.

SW Wisconsin Rural Land Sales 12 Month Review

SW Wisconsin 2015 2015 2016 2016
3rd Quarter 4th Quarter 1st Quarter 2nd Quarter
# of transactions 36 42 32 42
# of acres sold 3670 3377 2296 2481
% of acres tillable 23% 27% 25% 32%
average $/acre $3,308 $3,133 $3,325 $3,484
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Avg $/acre by county 2015 2015 2016 2016
3rd Quarter 4th Quarter 1st Quarter 2nd Quarter
Grant $2,339 $3,026 $3,136 $4,352
Iowa $3,451 $3,855 $4,885 $4,131
Lafayette $6,364 $3,475 $3,475 $3,605
Sauk $3,737 $3,570 $3,684 $3,729
Richland $2,382 $2,582 $3,122 $3,088
Crawford $2,549 $2,677 $2,532 $2,185
Vernon $2,337 $2,745 $2,439 $3,296


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

Copy of SW WisconsinLand Market Update

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

*SW Wisconsin includes Grant County, Lafayette County, Iowa County, Sauk County, Richland County, Crawford County, & Vernon County. All data was taken 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.

Rural Land Market Steady at Close of 2014: SW Wisconsin Land Market Update

Looking back at the course of the SW Wisconsin rural land market throughout 2014 we see some ups and downs; but the big picture shows a land market that appears to be holding its own and making small gains.

4th Qtr 2014 SW Wisconsin Land Market Graph
2013 vs. 2014
A review of the year as a whole creates a picture of slow but steady growth in spite of volatility in some sectors. If you recall, in 2013 farmland was in great demand leading to 44% of all acres sold being tillable farmland. In 2014 grain prices dropped and so did the demand for farmland leading to a more normal average of 30% of acres sold being farmland. This played into the fact that 13% fewer total acres were sold in 2014 compared to the previous year and 12% fewer transactions were completed. However, the average price per acre for the entire year of 2014 grew 4.6% compared to 2013.

SW Wisconsin Rural Land Sales 2014 in Review

1st Quarter 2nd Quarter 3rd Quarter 4th Quarter
# of transactions 23 24 38 32
# of acres sold 1537 2367 2225 2610
% of acres tillable 44% 31% 19% 30%
average $/acre $3,195 $3,403 $2,985 $3,457


4th Quarter Price Rebound
During the 3rd quarter of 2014 the number of transactions jumped 58% over 2nd quarter while the average price per acre dropped mainly due to less farmland exchanging hands. 4th quarter numbers normalized somewhat with a few less transactions but more acres being sold of which 30% was farmland. Also, the average price per acre rebounded to $3,457.

Before everyone gets overly excited by this new high price, I need to point out that the average price per acre for 4th quarter is bolstered by a single large farmland parcel sold in Lafayette County for $5,820/acre. While this sale is significant and cannot be discounted in the rural land market, it’s wise to remember that one sale does not indicate a trend. A more accurate picture of SW Wisconsin rural land prices might be gained by calculating an average without this noteworthy transaction. This creates an average price per acre of $3,042 which is still above the 3rd quarter average price by 2%. Either way you look at it, the market trend points upward.

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

*SW Wisconsin includes Grant County, Lafayette County, Iowa County, Sauk County, Richland County, Crawford County, & Vernon County. All data was taken 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. Acreage breakdown may vary due to land remnants and other factors.

Land Sales Jump 58% as Prices Dip: SW Wisconsin Land Market Update

By: Jay Frazier

No one would argue that the land market is vastly improved from where it was three years ago, but where exactly is it now? Seller’s market? Buyer’s market? Neutral? Sometimes it’s hard to tell.

The average sale price climbed pretty steadily through all of last year and the first half of this year while the number of transactions fluctuated. This last quarter the market waffled again in favor of more completed transactions with a lower average sale price. The number of completed transactions in 3rd quarter took a big leap up 58% compared to the first two quarters of this year.

SW WI Land Sales Chart

Conversely, the average price per acre dipped to just under $3,000 ending up at $2,985. This price drop likely reflects the type of land sold more than a market correction. During the first half of the year 36% of the acreage sold was tillable farmland (which typically carries a higher value than other types of land) while 3rd quarter sales comprised only 19% tillable acres.

SW Wisconsin Land Prices Chart 3rd Quarter 2014

Historically, the number of 3rd quarter transactions total somewhat less than the spring months, but this year defies tradition. A closer look at the transactions this 3rd quarter reveals the majority of sales were properties in the 20 – 80 acre range many of which came on the market and sold quickly. Not only did they sell quickly, but most of the sale prices calculated out at over 90% of the asking price. This would indicate a high demand which, when combined with low inventory, paves the way for further market improvement in the 4th quarter.

Here are a few specific highlights for 3rd quarter:

  • Sauk County shines as the only county to realize whopping average price gains since January 1st ending up at an average of $3,805/acre.
  • Richland County moved the most acres selling 632 acres in 7 transactions. The average price/acre there remains steady at $2,374.
  • Vernon County showed the most sales with 8 completed transactions and saw a price drop mainly due to the majority of land sold being wooded versus the higher value farmland parcels sold in the first half of the year.
  • Grant County also lost ground in the price category with land type being the major factor there in 4 completed transactions of mainly wooded land and very little tillable.

SW Wisconsin Rural Land Sales 6 Month Report
April 30, 2014 through September 30, 2014

Grant Iowa Lafayette Sauk
2nd Qtr 3rd Qtr 2nd Qtr 3rd Qtr 2nd Qtr 3rd Qtr 2nd Qtr 3rd Qtr
# of sales* 3 4 3 6 4 0 6 7
# acres 207 208 284 491 298 0 1155 331
woods 31 142 244 389 75 0 787 221
tillable 177 45 23 84 123 0 336 86
pasture 0 21 6 15 10 0 10 21
wetland 0 0 10 3 90 0 21 0
avg $/acre $4,334 $3,232 $3,669 $2,895 $2,915 $2,915 $3,513 $3,805
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Vernon Crawford Richland TOTAL
2nd Qtr 3rd Qtr 2nd Qtr 3rd Qtr 2nd Qtr 3rd Qtr 2nd Qtr 3rd Qtr
# of sales* 2 8 4 6 2 7 24 38
# acres 42 297 269 266 112 632 2367 2225
woods 0 212 230 192 97 461 1464 1617
tillable 42 61 22 56 15 101 738 433
pasture 0 23 14 16 0 10 40 106
wetland 0 0 0 0 0 20 121 23
avg $/acre $4,636 $2,746 $2,721 $2,927 $2,032 $2,374 $3,403 $2,985


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 current land market in Southwest Wisconsin, begin your search here: Southwest-Wisconsin-Real-Estate.com

*SW Wisconsin includes Grant County, Lafayette County, Iowa County, Sauk County, Richland County, Crawford County, & Vernon County. All data was taken 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. Acreage breakdown may vary due to land remnants and other factors.

Sneak Peak at 3rd Quarter Land Sales

by: Jay Frazier

Here’s a sneak preview of SW Wisconsin 3rd quarter land sales. This number can only go higher as any closings from yesterday get recorded.

We have seen a pretty big jump in the total number of sales during the 3rd quarter (up 54% as I write). Many of these transactions are for parcels 30-80 acres in size and the majority of those sold for over 90% of the asking price. This type of parcel is in high demand right now.

Land Sales Are Up 54%

To find out what land in your area is currently selling for, visit: www.WisconsinLandValues.com or call my office and request a Land Sales Report for your area. (608) 739-3515.

Land Price Growth Continues: SW Wisconsin Land Sales Update

By: Jay Frazier

Land buyers continued to be very active during the spring months with about the same number of transactions closed and approximately 54% more acres sold compared to the first quarter of this year. It is interesting to note that the additional acreage sold was mainly wooded land which traditionally has held a lower value than tillable land. This makes the average price per acre for second quarter a telling analysis of market growth possibilities. SW Wisconsin land prices continue to appreciate with an average increase of 6.5% over first quarter ending up at $3,403/acre.

2nd Quarter 2014 SW Wisconsin Land Price Graph

Here are a few specific highlights:

  • Sauk County showed the most sales with 6 completed transactions and an average $/acre increase of $494 over 1st quarter 2014. Approximately 29% of the acreage sold was tillable farmland.
  • Crawford County completed the same number of sales as the previous quarter but realized and average increase of $130/acre ending up at $2721/acre.
  • Grant County continues to consistently bring in the highest price per acre of all the SW Wisconsin counties. Even though the average price was lower for 2nd quarter it remains well above $4000/acre at $4,334.
  • Vernon and Richland Counties both struggled to provide enough action to determine where those specific markets stand right now.

SW Wisconsin Rural Land Sales 6 Month Report

January 1, 2014 through June 30, 2014

Grant Iowa Lafayette Sauk
1st Qtr 2nd Qtr 1st qtr 2nd Qtr 1st Qtr 2nd Qtr 1st Qtr 2nd Qtr
# of sales* 7 3 2 3 2 4 4 6
# acres 429 207 148 284 185 298 226 1155
woods 57 31 60 244 11 75 102 787
tillable 279 177 47 23 138 123 52 336
pasture 91 0 30 6 14 10 72 10
wetland 1 0 10 10 20 90 0 21
avg $/acre $4,916 $4,334 $3,012 $3,669 $3,020 $2,915 $3,019 $3,513
Vernon Crawford Richland TOTAL
1st Qtr 2nd Qtr 1st Qtr 2nd Qtr 1st Qtr 2nd Qtr 1st Qtr 2nd Qtr
# of sales* 1 2 4 4 3 2 23 24
# acres 23 42 309 269 217 112 1537 2367
woods 6 0 199 230 177 97 612 1464
tillable 15 42 104 22 40 15 675 738
pasture 0 0 3 14 0 0 210 40
wetland 0 0 2 0 0 0 33 121
avg $/acre $3,397 $4,636 $2,591 $2,721 $2,412 $2,032 $3,195 $3,403

 

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 current land market in Southwest Wisconsin, begin your search here: Southwest-Wisconsin-Real-Estate.com

*SW Wisconsin includes Grant County, Lafayette County, Iowa County, Sauk County, Richland County, Crawford County, & Vernon County. All data was taken 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. Acreage breakdown may vary due to land remnants and other factors.
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