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Land Values Expected to Increase as Buyers Enter Market
CNBC.com | November 08, 2011 | 10:58 AM EST

As the global financial downturn pushes investors into finding alternative business ventures, land investment has become an attractive proposition. With an increasing world population and dwindling land supplies, investment in the agriculture sector is emerging as both a money making—and money saving—exercise.

Clive Hopkins from real estate agent Knight Frank told CNBC: “During the recession, land has been pretty stable and resilient compared to other markets. We think the capital value of land will increase considerably in the short to medium period.”

Land investment offers a convenient way for high-wealth individuals, in Britain for example, to avoid inheritance tax, allowing the passing of assets down through the generations effectively tax free—which is a 40 percent saving in the UK. It can also mean an avoidance of capital gains tax which is particularly attractive to Europeans.

Investing in land, however, doesn’t necessarily mean owning your own farm, as there are a whole host of funds investing in arable land from Europe to Africa.

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