Bryn Ifan for sale with Carter Jonas

Buyers looking for safe assets to invest in could bring opportunities for sellers next year.


Farm and estate owners planning to sell land in 2023 are being advised to use the winter months to prepare for a sale if they are to capitalise on the spring market.


National property consultancy Carter Jonas says the UK being in recession is driving interest in safe assets, and that farmland has traditionally performed well during times of economic uncertainty.


There is also evidence that well-prepared farms are out-performing those which have outstanding issues to resolve, as cash buyers look to move quickly to completion.


“Agriculture is a resilient industry, even in the face of considerable economic uncertainty, and land values reflect that,” says Carter Jonas Head of Rural Agency Andrew Chandler.


“Arable and pasture land values have seen a 10-year annualised growth rate of 2.8% and 3.6% respectively. The market is predicted to continue to benefit from an ever-expanding pool of motivated buyers, who are interested in a range of holdings from prime lifestyle land to unproductive blocks of marginal land for natural capital purposes.”


With recent rises in interest rates affecting some mortgage offers, Carter Jonas says those with cash available are in a position to move faster, and will favour properties which have been prepared for sale and are ready to go.


“If you’re not ready, your farm could potentially be out-performed by another property.” Mr Chandler says. “Cash buyers do tend to bid higher on land and property they know is ready, but they won’t wait around.”


Although the market has quietened a little since the intense period experienced during the Covid-19 pandemic, demand is still outstripping supply, and competitive bids can help secure premiums above the guide price in some circumstances.


“Quality offerings, and those located in a number of hotspots across the UK, are seeing considerable interest regardless of the time of year, so there may be advantages for those farms which are first to market in 2023.


“Building in time for the legal process is also advisable – sellers can mitigate risk by engaging professionals well in advance and being ready to proceed quickly.”


Creating a positive first impression is invaluable, so preparing your farm for sale well ahead of time is key. Smartening up your farm and carrying out minor cosmetic tasks can be achieved quickly and inexpensively but could make a huge difference to its overall appearance.


“Ensure all your paperwork and agreements are up to date; carrying out due diligence such as checking your farm is registered with the Land Registry, that you have approved maps from the Rural Land Registry and that any agri-environment schemes or management agreements can be easily transferred to a potential purchaser will save you time down the road,” Mr Chandler added.


“We aim to achieve the best possible price for our clients, so it’s important to carry out thorough groundwork in advance of the marketing to make sure sales can proceed without any unwelcome surprises.”


Potential planning opportunities should be explored as these can add significant value, and establishing potential Capital Gains Tax liability is essential.


“Consulting your accountant at an early stage is sensible, as is ensuring good lines of communication are established between your selling agent, solicitor and accountant prior to launching your property on the market,” Mr Chandler says.


“Ensure you engage a reputable and well-respected agent with experience in rural property and land management who will provide you with objective, balanced and unbiased advice.”


Buyers should also be in a position to move quickly in order to be an attractive bidder.


Mr Chandler says contacting agents to discuss their requirements and what is potentially coming to the market is an obvious starting point.


“Buyers needing to borrow funds need to take into account that this is not as simple as it was a few months ago – talk to lenders and ensure you will be able to access the necessary funds before moving forwards,” he said.




For further information, please contact:

Ben Pike, Eve Communications, 07832 168560,


Notes to editors


Carter Jonas

Carter Jonas LLP is a leading UK property consultancy.  It is renowned for the quality of its service and expertise of its people. With a network of 33 offices across England and Wales, it employs more than 800 partners and staff.


It helps its clients sell, let, manage and add value to their properties, whether they be residential homes, farms and estates, development land, offices, industrial or retail buildings.

More Press Releases