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Annual Rural Property Index

IPD UK Annual Rural Property Index – Results for the year to 31 December 2015

This showed a total return of 5.5% in 2015 which was a decline from the 2014 figure of 10.4%. The biggest factor being the reduction during capital growth over that period which more than halved from the previous year. This compares with a total return for commercial property of 13.1% and residential market lettings of 7.1% over the same 12 month period.

On the capital side Jim Bryant comments the picture is a varied one which with such a small sample size is confusing as to what is happening in the market place. Pressure on commodity prices and farming profitability together with the whole uncertainty created by whether Britain will or will not exit the European Union. This impacting on some sales with pressure on pricing and purchaser inertia. However for certain properties demand goes forward as before particularly where there are purchasers with rollover funds to spend.