7 Reasons You Should Buy Land Now
Many of our clients have been thinking about buying land for many years. They frequently come to us with questions about whether now is a good time to buy land or not. We have come up with a list of seven reasons why it’s better to go ahead and make that purchase now.
1. Interest rates have just dropped for the first time since 2008.
The Federal Reserve just dropped the federal funds rate. This rate is what banks and other financial institutions use to loan money to one another for short term transactions. You probably think that this rate doesn’t have anything to do with you as a regular consumer, but there is already evidence that just the expectation of the rate change was enough to drop the average 30 year mortgage from 5 percent to nearly 3.75 percent. This is an excellent financial environment for anyone looking to get a loan for a piece of property.
2. Prices are good.
Land prices have remained relatively steady in our area of Georgia for the last several years, but the trend nationally has been price increase. According to the Land Market Survey created by the Realtors Land Institute, the average price of an acre of land has increased by 5 percent nationally in just the last two years. This survey also shows that prices in our region are still well below the national average. You never know how long prices in our region will remain low. Why not get more land for your dollar?
3. Start your investment earning potential now.
Young Longleaf Pine Trees
Many of our clients buy land solely as an investment. There are several different ways that a property can produce income immediately upon purchase. Many times there is timber on the property that can be harvested for a quick profit and then replanted to begin the process of timber investment again. Some pine timber tracts can be raked to produce pine straw and sold to landscaping companies. Agricultural land is a great investment that can be leased to famers with little effort. There are also many other types of leases that are available to a land owner to produce income, such as hunting leases and we even have clients leasing their property to solar energy companies to produce electricity. You will never begin to earn money on your own property until you purchase it.
4. You can begin making great memories.
Me and my son, Brisen, fishing on the Satilla River
We all have either family, friends, or pets that we love to make memories with. Most of my favorite memories have been made on privately owned property. When you purchase a tract of land you can immediately begin to spend time on the property doing things such as camping, riding atvs, hunting, and fishing. It’s amazing the memories that can be made around a single campfire. Take advantage of property ownership to begin to create lasting memories today.
5. You still have time to get your property ready for hunting season.
Food Plot Ready to Plant
This is the time of year when our phone starts ringing with hunters looking for that perfect tract of hunting land. They use the late summer to scout the tract and set up stands, food plots and trail systems. No hunter wants to purchase a property for hunting season and then run off all the wildlife while setting up the property late in the season. Get an early start on the upcoming hunting seasons and purchase your own hunting land now.
6. Stop paying expensive leases to someone else.
Many of us pay leases to other landowners for the opportunity to hunt and fish. Some of these leases can be very expensive. When you own your own property you can use that money in ways that will be more beneficial to you. Use the money to manage your deer herd, to grow bigger fish in your pond, or to create better trail systems. Property ownership gives you the freedom to decide how to invest your money.
7. Land is a scarce resource.
Mark Twain famously said, “Buy land, they’re not making it anymore.” The truth is, the really desirable property types are already really scarce and they are getting harder to find every year. For example, riverfront property is very desirable, and every year more river tracts are put into programs that remove them from the hands of the average landowner. The Land Market Survey showed that over the last year nearly all types of land sold faster than the previous year. This shows us that if you wait to purchase that parcel you have been looking at, it may be too late.
We have an amazing group of land agents that are ready to help you with your next land purchase. Whether you are looking for a recreational tract, hunting land, timber investment, farm, or just a home site, we have listings all over South Georgia that may be perfect for you. Start the process by getting in touch with us today. We look forward to working with you.