I would describe the current land market as stable with some local volatility. The following data suggests as much.
The USDA offers landowners a voluntary Conservation Reserve Program, referred to most often as CRP.
What is CRP?
CRP is a guaranteed rental contract for land that has been farmed three out of the last five years, is considered highly erodible (HEL) and can be used for conservation benefits.
The title of this article, while meant to convey a simple and easy to read piece, may belie the complexity and multitude of options available when purchasing and financing farm land. Financing options are plentiful: fixed vs variable rate, various mixes and matches of terms and amortizations, balloon payment or fully amortizing, open prepayment options or prepayment penalties, and so on. Once a loan product is chosen, it is typically difficult and costly to undue or change. Your choice is final until the loan runs its course or one chooses to refinance. While the availability of options is great from a borrowing standpoint and for the ability to customize the borrowing experience, it also requires a certain level of understanding to make an informed decision.
Considerations for Owning Land with a Self Directed IRA
Your wallet, your bank account, and your retirement plan. These are the three piggy banks you want flush with as much cash as possible when trying to paint a pretty financial picture.
Quality investments in land assets can help with the first two, but what about your nest egg?