https://retirementplanningscottsdale.com/2020/01/06/anil-vazirani-scottsdale-investment-advisor-shares-what-to-do-if-you-inherit-farmland/ Anil Vazirani Scottsdale Investment Advisor shares What To Do If You Inherit Farmland
Per an article featured recently in Wealth Management, it advises on What To Do If You Inherit Farmland.
American farmland is a limited commodity. It’s highly valuable and relatively hard to come by: while roughly 90 million acres was expected to change hands between 2015 and 2019, much of this transfer activity was expected to happen through inheritance.
If you inherited farmland, they’ll likely need advice on the best way to manage this important asset, as this opportunity for financial growth doesn’t come around every day.
Whether or not you have experience with farmland investment, there are many resources available to help you assess the condition of the farmland and your options. To get you started, here’s what you need to know:
How to Come up with an Accurate Valuation of Your Farmland
As with any land assessment, coming up with an accurate valuation for farmland is an important first step. You should hire a qualified appraiser to assess the condition and the price of the inherited farmland. If they’re not sure where to begin, the American Society of Farm Managers & Rural Appraisers (ASFMRA) provides resources to help locate a farmland appraiser near you.
When discussing the appraiser’s report, don’t forget that the market value is not equal to what the farmland is worth to you, a small family farm that’s been passed down between generations is likely to be invaluable to the people who inherit it.
Evaluate Soil, Yields, and the Current Farmer’s Performance
To ensure that the land retains its value in the long-term, it needs to be well cared for. To get a sense of how upkeep has been going, there are a few approaches you can take:
The Big Question: To Keep or Sell the Family Farm?
Because of its relative scarcity and high value, it’s rarely the right move to sell inherited farmland. However, it takes time and engagement to maintain healthy soil and strong yields. If you decide to keep your land but don’t want to farm it yourself, you’ll need to decide how to manage your farmland rental.
There are two situations in which selling may seem particularly appealing, but that doesn’t mean it’s the best option:
Whatever situation a new farmland owner is in, the good news is that time is on the side of deliberation. It typically takes about a year to effectuate a farmland transfer, so there’s no need to rush into making any decisions about the future of this asset.
Farmland’s Place in an Investment Portfolio
American farmland is typically a cornerstone to major insurance companies’ portfolios because it’s stable and highly valuable, which suits their objectives well. These same investment characteristics also make it very attractive to investors who are looking for a balanced portfolio: it’s a low-risk, high-return investment with a negative correlation to equities and a positive correlation to inflation. It has a high Sharpe ratio, and the addition of farmland to a mixed portfolio typically positively impacts the efficient frontier. So, what’s not to love?
Well, that depends on your individual needs and goals, and only you know what you’re trying to achieve and on what timeline. While it’s impossible to say from here exactly how farmland will impact your portfolio, if you inherit farmland, it’s worth it to take the time to assess your interest in maintaining and growing this asset into a passive (or active) source of income until you’re ready to pass it along to the next generation.
For more information: https://www.wealthmanagement.com/estate-planning/what-do-if-your-client-inherits-farmland
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