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Land ValueThe value of land for sale in the UK has shot up over the last few years and its stable nature means that it is now a strong rival to other traditional investment vehicles. To illustrate the point: a report by the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors recently announced that rural land prices have seen an 30% increase in 12 months and a 130% increase since the early 90s.

Mortgage lending giant the Halifax has also reported that residential land prices have seen an unprecedented 8 fold increase over that last two decades. Property, by way of comparison, saw only a three fold rise.

The dot com crash of the late 90s left many people wary of investing in the stock market and in the first half of this decade the business world has been rocked by a series of corporate accounting scandals such as Enron and Worldcom. It's no surprise that people are looking for alternative investments that hold their value well and provide a broad range of benefits.

The real joy of owning land over other investments is that your investment is a physical thing rather than simply a figure on a piece of paper. Land is something you can see, touch, feel - it won't disappear and it will always be there. It is this security that attracts people to land investment because it is something that can provide benefits for you today and for generations of your family in the future.

As most people know, the UK is suffering from a severe shortage of housing and a crisis point has been reached where first time buyers have been all but forced out of the market. In an effort to remedy this situation the government has embarked on an initiative that will allows them to override local authorities if strict housing targets are not met. It is currently predicted that over million homes will be built over the next 20 years.

The shear scale of this development will mean that large areas of land may be required on which to build the houses. This may represents a unique opportunity for owners of land in specific areas of England. If you own land which is at some point in the future granted planning permission and earmarked for development then you could stand to make a huge windfall on top of the substantial gains you will have already made from the general land price increases.

Good quality land situated in residential areas with high housing need has the highest future development potential. But time is running out and this land is selling fast as more and more people realise the possible future gains. There is only a limited supply of genuinely well-positioned land available and this land is sure to be quickly snapped up.

It's clear that increasing numbers of people are viewing land investment as a real alternative to other investments. and this surge in interest in driving up the prices as the supply

Land is soaring and its value appreciating, the supply is running out.

Over the past 20 years, land prices have risen a staggering 8-fold across the UK. Land is both a tangible asset and an investment.

-  James M

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