When Americans remodel or build new homes, that is good news for the timber industry and timber owners. Current trends are showing a great recovery ongoing in this lucrative market.
United Country has seen a 33% increase in sales of residential building lots in August and a 45% rise year-to-date. Numbers like these show a marked improvement in developers’ confidence in the housing market and can be attributed greatly to the increase in timber sales.
This recovery in the housing market and demand for timber also means good news for timberland owners who have seen historically low timber prices during the recent recession. The recession, coupled with better timber farming techniques and international competition have put downward pressure on timber value and hence timberland values. But recently this trend has been recovering and bolstered by both housing market improvements and recreational land demand. (For more information on this subject, click here.)
According to a recent article posted on LandThink.com, other non-domestic factors have contributed to timber’s recovery:
So with a stable market, recovering demand and positive additional market factors, today may be the right time to talk to a qualified timberland realtor to discuss your property, an appraisal, proper land management issues and future prospects.
by Shawn Terrel, Vice President, UCAS
United Country jumped into the world of real estate auctions three years ago, and more of our local offices get involved with auctioneers every day.