2020 was a significant year for farming businesses, as we witnessed record number of sales across the eastern seaboard; and saw land values soar to new records. Many businesses saw the opportunity for expansion, however, unfortunately, many potential land purchasers missed out on securing properties as a result of not being properly organised. Sadly, many were unable to close on their negotiations as they simply ran out of time. Lengthy bank processes and the unchartered constraints COVID-19 presented; found many businesses blindsided, unprepared, and ultimately, disappointed as they tried to raise farm finance.
At Sprout Ag, we saw success where we were involved in the beginning stages and early conversations regarding plans for expansion, as we were able to assist with some of the nuances regarding obtaining finance in these unprecedented times. Being able to provide initial guidance and provide a clearer understanding of the changes we now face in the lending industry; led to much better outcomes for these clients; and avoided many unnecessary stresses and disappointments that we witnessed with clients we were involved with later in the process.
Fact: Raising farm finance has changed and, due to a multitude of reasons, is more complicated than ever before.
So, at Sprout Ag, we thought that it would be helpful to give some guidance to those who are wanting to purchase a rural property or simply expand their business.
May your purchase or expansion in 2021 be successful and seamless.