US Land Values Up Three Percent, Land Sales Up Four Percent Showing Strong Land Market

January 16, 2018 (Chicago) – The Realtors® Land Institute and National Association of Realtors® Research Group released the results of their annual Land Markets Survey which shows a 4 percent increase in land sales and a 3 percent increase in land prices over the previous twelve months.

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Sales for all types of land rose, indicating a strong national land market. In the lead were residential land sales with an increase of 5 percent, followed by commercial land sales up by 4 percent. Analysts in the NAR Research Group and at RLI believe these markets are in the lead because of the sustained economic growth and the continued recovery of the housing construction market due to an increase in new home sales.

Land sales for agricultural irrigated land also rebounded after contracting last year, as commodity prices generally stabilized from late 2016 to early 2017 after slumping since 2014. Responses from survey participants indicated a lack of land financing, tighter zoning regulations, and valuation issues as some of the biggest issues facing the industry.

RLI’s 2018 National President Jimmy Settle, ALC, said “Now is great time for landowners and investors as well as land professionals. With flat commodity prices making the growth in ag land sales modest compared to residential and commercial land sales, it’s encouraging to see the market as a whole still continue to strengthen.”

The annual Land Markets Survey is a tool for landowners and land real estate professionals in all sectors of the business to use for bench-marking and as an informational resource when conducting business. This year marks the fifth consecutive year that the survey has been conducted to reveal current trends and the ever-changing state of land markets within the industry; and with over 800 respondents this year, it continues to grow. The Realtors® Land Institute has made the full survey results available for free to the public on their website at rliland.com/about-realtors-land-institute/land-markets-survey 

About the Realtors® Land Institute
The Realtors® Land Institute, “The Voice of Land,” continually strives to maintain its status as the acknowledged leader for all matters pertaining to the land real estate profession. RLI endeavors to remain the essential membership organization for the extraordinary real estate professionals who broker, lease, sell, develop, and manage our most precious resource: the land. The Realtors Land Institute, provides the expertise, camaraderie, and valuable resources that are the foundation for all land real estate professionals to become the best in the business. For more information, visit rliland.com or call 800.441.5263. It’s the best time to join the best!

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Realtors® Land Institute & Mossy Oak Properties Partner To Bring Success To Land Agents

January 11, 2018 (Chicago) – The Realtors® Land Institute (RLI) is excited to announce its partnership with a leading industry brokerage, Mossy Oak Properties. Through RLI’s LANDU Education Partnership, the two organizations are joining forces to bring Mossy Oak Properties’ 600+ land real estate agents expertise, prestige, and opportunities across the country.

As the industry leader in education for land agents, the Realtors® Land Institute (RLI) now offers discounts on education, resources, and events through the new partnership that will help their agents to be more productive and effective for their clients.

Aubrie Kobernus, CEO of the Realtors® Land Institute, commented on the partnership saying “We developed these strategic LANDU Education Partnership opportunities for brokerages looking to invest in enhancing their agents’ skills by taking advantage of the resources we have available as an organization. This partnership is a win all around – especially for Mossy Oak Properties agents and their clients!”

“Our mission at Mossy Oak Properties is to create opportunities for our network of land specialists that will enrich their professional and personal lives. Our partnership with the Realtors® Land Institute reflects our commitment to that, via unparalleled networking and educational opportunities.  We will strongly encourage active participation in RLI — and pursuit of their Accredited Land Consultant Designation — with all our land specialists,” said David Hawley, Franchise Sales Manager for Mossy Oak Properties, also commenting on the new partnership.

As a partner, Mossy Oak Properties will also have a booth at RLI’s 2018 National Land Conference being held in Nashville, TN, from March 12-14. The event is considered the premier industry conference for land real estate agents to gain expertise, share insights, and make deals happen. To learn more about the National Land Conference or partnership opportunities available, visit rliland.com/national-land-conference

About the Realtors® Land Institute
The Realtors® Land Institute, “The Voice of Land,” continually strives to maintain its status as the acknowledged leader for all matters pertaining to the land real estate profession. RLI endeavors to remain the essential membership organization for the extraordinary real estate professionals who broker, lease, sell, develop, and manage our most precious resource: the land. The Realtors® Land Institute, provides the expertise, camaraderie, and valuable resources that are the foundation for all land real estate professionals to become the best in the business. For more information, visit rliland.com or call 800.441.5263. It’s the best time to join the best!

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New ALCs Emerge In All Corners of US in 2017

January 9, 2018 (Chicago, Ill.) – The Realtors® Land Institute (RLI) is proud to announce the twenty-one Realtors® who have earned the Accredited Land Consultant (ALC) Designation in 2017. These land professionals have accomplished earning this elite designation, through RLI, which distinguishes them as one of the most experienced and educated land real estate agents in the country.

The Realtors® Land Institute (RLI) congratulates the following twenty-one Accredited Land Consultants on their accomplishment:

James Bineau, ALC, Aspen, CO; Michael Dreyer, ALC, Indian Harbor Beach, FL; Michael Downey, ALC, Mt. Vernon, IA; Jeff Evans, ALC, Pittsfield, IL; Joe Gizdic, ALC, Roodhouse, IL; Ashley Goodroe, ALC, Eatonton, GA; Jacob Hart, ALC, Decorah, IA; Edward Harvey, ALC, Cody, WY; Jeff Heil, ALC, Ste. Genevieve, MO; Kenny Herring, ALC, Indianola, IA; Mike Lansdell, ALC, St Marys, GA; Michael Lauher, ALC, Savoy, IL; Caleb McDow, ALC, Winer Haven, FL; Aaron Milliken, ALC, Pittsfield, IL; Bill Minor, ALC, Indianapolis, IN; Will Moore, ALC, Lexington, VA; Travis Robeson, ALC, Brentwood, TN; John F. Robinson, ALC, The Woodlands, TX; David Thien, ALC, Council Bluff, IA; Jim Vidamour, ALC, La Veta, CO; Scott Whittington, ALC, Springfield, IL.

accredited land consultant alc logoEarning the ALC Designation is an indication of the most accomplished, experienced, educated, trustworthy, and highest performing land experts in the industry. ALCs work hard to complete the rigorous LANDU education requirements, build a proven track record of success in the business, and pass an evaluation and approval process by the organization’s ALC Designation Committee and Board of Directors. ALCs are the most trusted and elite land professionals as proven by their commitment to professional development and a strong code of ethical conduct.

About the Realtors® Land Institute              
The Realtors® Land Institute, “The Voice of Land,” continually strives to maintain its status as the acknowledged leader for all matters pertaining to the land real estate profession. RLI endeavors to remain the essential membership organization for the extraordinary real estate professionals who broker, lease, sell, develop, and manage our most precious resource: the land. The Realtors® Land Institute, provides the expertise, camaraderie, and valuable resources that are the foundation for all land real estate professionals to become the best in the business. For more information, visit rliland.com or call 800.441.5263. It’s the best time to join the best!

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The Land Report to Sponsor The REALTORS® Land Institute’s New APEX Awards Program

APEX Awards Program

December 14, 2017 (Chicago) – The Realtors® Land Institute, an affiliate of the National Association of Realtors®, is proud to announce The Land Report as the official sponsor of their inaugural APEX Awards Program. Since the Land Report targets top land owners, buyers, investors, and sellers, it is a natural fit for these industry-leading organizations to work together on this program.

The APEX Awards Program is designed to recognize the excellence and performance of the best in the business with these prestigious land real estate production-based awards.  RLI is proud to distinguish the Top Producers in each of their categories and specialties. Winners will be recognized at a special awards ceremony on Tuesday, March 13, at RLI’s 2018 National Land Conference (NLC18) in Nashville, TN.

Land professionals that are members of RLI and have at least four million dollars of qualifying dollar volume in closed land sales in 2017 are eligible to apply. Award winners will be recognized at NLC18 and promoted nationally by the REALTORS® Land Institute as the 2017 Top Producer, Broker of the Year in seven distinct land categories, 2017 Wrangler, or as part of the APEX Top 20, or APEX Producers Club!

“We know that RLI’s partnership with The Land Report will bring maximum exposure to the 2018 APEX Awards Winners and take showcasing their prestige to the next level. APEX Award Winners are the cream of the crop when it comes to conducting land transactions and RLI is proud to partner with The Land Report to give these land agents the national industry recognition as a top-producer that they deserve,” said RLI’s CEO Aubrie Kobernus, MBA, RCE, about the new program.

All land real estate professionals are invited to join RLI and apply to the prestigious APEX Awards Program. Applications may be submitted between January 1 and January 26, 2108.

About the Realtors® Land Institute              

The Realtors® Land Institute, “The Voice of Land,” continually strives to maintain its status as the acknowledged leader for all matters pertaining to the land real estate profession. RLI endeavors to remain the essential membership organization for the extraordinary real estate professionals who broker, lease, sell, develop, and manage our most precious resource: the land. The Realtors Land Institute, provides the expertise, camaraderie, and valuable resources that are the foundation for all land real estate professionals to become the best in the business. For more information, visit rliland.com or call 800.441.5263. It’s the best time to join the best!

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Realtors® Land Institute Elects Kyle Hansen, ALC, as 2018 Vice President

September 18, 2017 (Chicago, Ill.) – The Realtors® Land Institute (RLI), an affiliate of the National Association of Realtors®, proudly announces Kyle Hansen, ALC, with Hertz Real Estate Services in Nevada, IA, as their 2018 Vice President. Hansen has been elected to join the 2018 RLI Board of Directors as a part of their Executive Committee at RLI’s Induction Ceremony on November 3 in Chicago happening alongside the 2017 Realtors® Conference & Expo.

In his position, Hansen will serve a four-year term on RLI’s Executive Committee making him the association’s 2020 National President. He has served as Chair of RLI National’s Future Leaders Committee and is an active member of the RLI Iowa Chapter as Chair of the Land Trends & Values Committee.

Hansen joins RLI’s executive team at an integral time for the organization as they continue to push forward with their new strategic plan. He is dedicated to seeing the plan through to enhance the value of an RLI membership and its Land University (LANDU) education program for land real estate professionals across the country and to ensure RLI continues to be “The Voice of Land” in the real estate industry.

In response, Hansen released the following statement: “I am very humbled and honored to represent the Realtors® Land Institute’s membership as their 2018 Vice President. There have been so many great leaders of this organization that have worked to make RLI what it is today, and I look forward to following in their footsteps. To continue to put our membership’s needs first, and assist in making us grow. I sincerely appreciate the responsibility our membership has granted upon me and look forward to working on their behalf, thank you.”

The election also adds three At-Large Directors to the RLI Board for the first-time. In an effort to give members a stronger voice into the direction of the organization, the 2017 Board approved the addition of these elected seats moving forward. Of the ten candidates running for an At-Large Director position, RLI is proud to announce the election of Cathy Cole, ALC; Rick Taylor, ALC; and Bart Miller, ALC onto the 2018 RLI Board of Directors.

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About the REALTORS® Land Institute
The Realtors® Land Institute, “The Voice of Land,” continually strives to maintain its status as the acknowledged leader for all matters pertaining to the land real estate profession. RLI endeavors to remain the essential membership organization for the extraordinary real estate professionals who broker, lease, sell, develop, and manage our most precious resource: the land. The Realtors Land Institute, provides the expertise, camaraderie, and valuable resources that are the foundation for all land real estate professionals to become the best in the business. For more information, visit rliland.com or call 800.441.5263.

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2017 Iowa Land Trends & Values Survey Reveals Increase in Farmland Values

The REALTORS® Land Institute Iowa Chapter is pleased to announce the results of their September 2017 Iowa Land Trends & Values Survey. REALTORS® Land Institute is an affiliate of the National Association  of REALTORS® and is organized for REALTORS® who specialize in farm and land sales, management, development and appraisal. Participants in the survey are specialists in farmland, and are asked for their opinions about the current status of the Iowa farmland market.

Participants were asked to estimate the average value of farmland as of September 1, 2017. These estimates are for bare, unimproved land with a sale price on a cash basis. Pasture and timberland values were also requested as supplemental information.

The results of these surveys show a statewide average increase of cropland values of 2.0% for the March 2017 to September 2017 period. Combining this increase with the 0.9% increase reported in March 2017 indicates a statewide average increase of 2.9% from September 1, 2016 to September 1, 2017. The survey  shows the first full year statewide increase in land values since 2013, indicating some current stability.

All but one of the Iowa crop reporting districts showed an increase in the average farmland value. The districts varied from a -0.5% decrease in SC district to a 3.6% increase in NE district since March 2017.

Major factors contributing to current farmland values include: lower commodity prices, limited amount of land on the market and growing conditions in the regions. Other factors include: lack of stable alternative investments, cash on hand, and increasing interest rates.

The Iowa Chapter of REALTORS® Land Institutes farmland value survey has been conducted in March and September since 1978. This survey, plus the RLI Farm and Ranch Multiple Listing Service, are activities of REALTORS® specializing in agricultural land brokerage on a daily basis.

2018 National Land Conference | Nashville, TN

Industry’s Largest Conference for Land Real Estate Agents Opens Registration

September 7, 2017 (Chicago, Ill.) – The Realtors® Land Institute (RLI), an affiliate of the National Association of Realtors®, invites all real estate agents that conduct any type of land transaction from across the country to join them in the Music City for the 2018 National Land Conference. Registration is now open for this unique land real estate conference which is scheduled to take place March 12-14 at the Hilton Nashville Downtown hotel where attendees will be just a short walk away from the famed Broadway Street.

Keynote speakers include Dr. Mark Dotzour, Chief Economist of the Real Estate Center at Texas A&M University, and Edsel Charles, Founder and Chairman of the Board for MarketGraphics Research Group, Inc. In addition, RLI will be taking the event to the next level with industry renowned speakers, an expanded expo including a new land real estate technology showcase, a property marketing session, and, last but not least, it’s first-ever APEX Awards, an awards program specifically for land professionals based on sales production. Speakers will cover trending topics within the industry from transitional land and subdivision development to the 2018 Farm Bill and timberland.

Jimmy Settle, ALC, 2018 RLI National President said of the event, “The 2018 National Land Conference is absolutely a can’t miss event well worth the investment of any land agent’s time and money. If you’re a land real estate agent, this is the best opportunity in 2018 to network and build relationships, gain expertise, and propel your business to even greater success in the future. See you there!”

This National Land Conference is held annually by the Realtors® Land Institute as the land real estate conference where agents from around the country gather to share ideas, make connections, refer business, and gain expertise. It is expected to be one of their largest conferences yet with over 200 real estate agents in attendance specializing in all types of land; including commercial land, residential land, farmland, ranch land, timberland, recreational/hunting land, and more.

To learn more about this conference, please visit the conference website at http://www.rliland.com/national-land-conference

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About the REALTORS® Land Institute
The Realtors® Land Institute, “The Voice of Land,” continually strives to maintain its status as the acknowledged leader for all matters pertaining to the land real estate profession. RLI endeavors to remain the essential membership organization for the extraordinary real estate professionals who broker, lease, sell, develop, and manage our most precious resource: the land. The Realtors Land Institute, provides the expertise, camaraderie, and valuable resources that are the foundation for all land real estate professionals to become the best in the business. For more information, visit rliland.com or call 800.441.5263.

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Repeal of WOTUS Rule Moves Forward

June 28, 2017 (Chicago, Ill.) – The Realtors Land Institute (RLI) stands behind the U.S. EPA’s decision yesterday to move forward repealing the controversial Clean Water rule, also known as Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS), which was put in place in 2015. The move would take the legislation back to what it was prior to 2015 while the agencies involved reevaluate the definition of what constitutes as ‘Waters of the U.S’.

All of this follows President Donald Trump’s executive order on February 28, 2017, which called upon the EPA to review the rule. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt stated that the intent of the review is to “[Take] significant action to return power to the states and provide regulatory certainty to our nation’s farmers and businesses.”

The Realtors Land Institute has long advocated that withdrawing WOTUS would have a beneficial impact on the real estate sector, especially land real estate. The organization hopes to see the review of the rule eliminate the need for costly and time-consuming permits on waters that were previously unregulated by the federal government.

“RLI looks forward to working with the Administration, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt and the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works, as they move forward to develop common-sense solutions to protecting our nation’s water resources while balancing the interests of land real estate and communities nationwide,” said Brandon Rogillio, ALC, 2017 Realtors Land Institute National President.

Learn more about this issue and other legislative issues important to land real estate owners and agents on the Realtors Land Institute’s Advocacy page.

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About the REALTORS® Land Institute
The Realtors Land Institute, “The Voice of Land,” continually strives to maintain its status as the acknowledged leader for all matters pertaining to the land real estate profession. RLI endeavors to remain the essential membership organization for the extraordinary real estate professionals who broker, lease, sell, develop, and manage our most precious resource: the land. The Realtors Land Institute, provides the expertise, camaraderie, and valuable resources that are the foundation for all land real estate professionals to become the best in the business. For more information, visit rliland.com or call 800.441.5263.

Realtors Land Institute Awards Top Land Real Estate Professionals

April 12, 2017 (Chicago, Ill.) – Over 220 land professionals gathered in Charlotte, NC, to attend the 2017 National Land Conference hosted by the REALTORS® Land Institute (RLI). Ninety-three elite Accredited Land Consultants (ALCs) attended the conference and nine new ALC designees received their ALC pins. During the conference, seven distinguished members received awards through the esteemed Realtors Land Institute Awards Program. The annual conference is an opportunity for the most elite and successful land professionals in the business to gather, share ideas, build relationships, and make deals. As the premier educational and networking event for land real estate agents, the conference hosts a full line-up of renowned industry speakers that share tips and reveal insights into best practices.

Ray Brownfield, ALC, of Land Pro LLC. in Oswego, IL, received the 2016 Land REALTOR® of America Award. The Land REALTOR® of America Award recognizes members of REALTORS® Land Institute for their effort and work expended in the interest of their fellow RLI members, their profession, and their community.

Caleb McDow of Crosby & Associates in Winter Haven, Florida, received the 2016 Rising Star Award. The Rising Star Award recognizes a member approaching a mid-level in his/her career who is on his/her way to making significant contributions to the land profession and to RLI.

Mac Boyd, ALC, of Arcola, IL, posthumously received the 2016 Robert C. Meeks Distinguished Service Award. In honor of dedicated, long-time Accredited Land Consultant Robert C. Meeks, the Distinguished Service Award is presented to an ALC in recognition of their long-term commitment and service to fellow members, the land profession, and the community.

Ben Crosby, ALC, of Crosby & Associates in Winter Haven, FL, received the 2016 Excellence in Instruction Award. The Excellence in Instruction Award recognizes Realtors Land Institute LANDU-Approved Instructors for their exceptional teaching skills, contributions to the professional development of our students, and volunteerism for the LANDU education program.

Kirk Weih, ALC, Troy Louwagie, ALC, and Kyle Hansen, ALC, of Hertz Real Estate Services in Nevada, IA, received the 2016 ALC-to-ALC Networking Award after working together to complete a $12,263,100 transaction on an acreage of 998 acres. The ALC-to-ALC Networking Awards showcase the range of referral opportunities available to those land professionals who have achieved the Accredited Land Consultant (ALC) designation.

RLI also awarded the RLI Wyoming Chapter with the Chapter of the Year Award and Maggie Thomas as the Chapter Administrator of the Year for the Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma, and Wyoming Chapters.

“With a membership full of the best in business, receiving one of these awards means beating out some tough competition. We are proud to have these elite award winners as a part of our ranks, elevating the level of expertise, camaraderie, and prestige of our entire membership,” said Brandon Rogillio, ALC, 2017 Realtors Land Institute National President.

 

 


About the REALTORS® Land Institute
The Realtors Land Institute, “The Voice of Land,” continually strives to maintain its status as the acknowledged leader for all matters pertaining to the land real estate profession. RLI endeavors to remain the essential membership organization for the extraordinary real estate professionals who broker, lease, sell, develop, and manage our most precious resource: the land. The Realtors Land Institute, provides the expertise, camaraderie, and valuable resources that are the foundation for all land real estate professionals to become the best in the business. For more information, visit rliland.com or call 800.441.5263.

REALTORS Land Institute Lands Brand New Logo

April 5, 2017 (Chicago, Ill.) – The Realtors Land Institute (RLI), “The Voice of Land,” proudly announced two new logos—one for the Realtors Land Institute and one for its elite Accredited Land Consultant Designation–as part of their brand release at the 2017 National Land Conference in Charlotte, NC, last week. The redesigned logos are just one of many initiatives to stay ahead of the curve and reinforce the organization’s strong position within the industry as “The Voice of Land.”

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New REALTORS Land Institute Logo

RLI’s CEO Aubrie Kobernus, who has been leading the new direction alongside 2017 RLI National President Brandon Rogillio, ALC, and the rest of their Board of Directors, said “The new brand is one of the many ways—and, perhaps, the most visible way—that we are reshaping our organization to enhance its stance as the essential membership organization for land professionals. As another evolution of our past logos, we hope to show how far we have come, and plan to continue growing, as one of the oldest affiliates of the National Association of REALTORS® since we began serving land real estate professionals in 1944. The new REALTORS Land Institute logo evokes the professionalism, prestige, and unwavering values of its esteemed membership.”

RLI hopes to add value for their current members as well as expand their membership by drawing in the next generation of land real estate professionals specializing in everything from farm, recreational, timber, and ranch land to transitional land used for commercial and residential development.

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New Accredited Land Consultant (ALC) Logo

Since buying and selling land real estate requires specialized knowledge on behalf of the agent, RLI is also taking steps to heighten the relevancy of their courses and strengthen their state chapters, who will also be re-branding in alignment with the national organization. The goal of these efforts is to ensure their members remain the most educated and well-connected agents across the country.

About the REALTORS® Land Institute
The REALTORS Land Institute, “The Voice of Land,” continually strives to maintain its status as the acknowledged leader for all matters pertaining to the land real estate profession. RLI endeavors to remain the essential membership organization for the extraordinary real estate professionals who broker, lease, sell, develop, and manage our most precious resource: the land. The REALTORS® Land Institute, provides the expertise, camaraderie, and valuable resources that are the foundation for all land real estate professionals to become the best in the business. For more information, visit rliland.com or call 800.441.5263.