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How Marketable Timber Can Help You Sell Land
by Brandon Swartzlander
Midwest Farm & Land Co.
When you’re selling land, any advantage that you have is a good one—especially if that advantage can mean increased profit for your buyer. Such is the case with marketable timber, which, depending on the supply and demand specifics of where your land is located, could be a major boon for the right buyer. read more…
Timberland in the United States makes up two-thirds or more of the country’s forested land area while protected federal and state forests occupy around seven percent. The majority of commercial timberland is found in southern states like Georgia, North Carolina and Mississippi, followed by Alaska and northern states like Maine despite most of the forestland being in western states such as California and Colorado. Timberland in the south is dominated by pine forests, whereas Douglas-fir and ponderosa pine forests are typically found in the western U.S.
According to the Realtor’s Land Institute, from 1986 to 2007, most forest product companies realized they did not need to own large amounts of timberland to provide their mills with a steady and reliable flow of wood. They decided it would be better financially to monetize the timberlands and use the capital for investment into wood processing facilities and to improve their balance sheets. During this 21-year period, the total investment in timberlands by institutional investors increased from less than $1 billion dollars to over $60 billion dollars.
Timberland is an excellent addition to an investor’s portfolio for several reasons. First, timberland is a hedge against inflation. Historical data on timberland returns and inflation show there is a positive correlation between the two. Second, because timberland returns typically move counter cyclically with other asset classes, it provides overall portfolio diversification, which lowers portfolio volatility and risk. Last off, Timberland returns have favorably compared with stocks but with much less risk and volatility. This demonstrates the low risk nature of timberland investing.
Another favorable characteristic of timberland is trees continue to grow in volume, and thus value, regardless of what is going on in the current economy. If timber prices are unfavorable, the timber can be stored on the stump and allowed to grow until prices become favorable again.
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