There were over 2,200 properties listed as sold through the Lands of America Comparable Sales program in August 2018, totaling over $810 million of sold land and rural real estate across 48 states. This represents a 10 percent increase in sales activity over July 2018.
Texas, Oklahoma and Colorado saw the most land sales during the month, while Navajo County, Arizona, Henderson County, Texas, and Cochise County, Arizona, recorded the most individual sales based on information submitted through the Lands of America Comparable Sales program.
First listed in August 2016, the most expensive land deal recorded during August 2018 was the sale by Pearson Realty’s Dan Kevorkian of a 1,509-acre investment-grade pistachio orchard in Central California. First planted as an experimental crop in California in the 1930s, the Golden State is now the world’s largest producer of these tasty and healthful nuts. Tulare 22 Pistachios has been planted with the Kerman and Peters varieties of pistachios since 2009. Irrigation to the trees is currently supplied by eight groundwater wells and distributed to the trees via a dual-line drip system with a portion supplemented by micro-sprinklers. The property is located in California’s agriculturally-rich Central Valley belt, about 40 miles north of Bakersfield.
Sold on August 6 via Tamra Kelly of Ag Lands Southwest, La Cienga Ranch was among the ten biggest ranches for sale throughout the Land.com Network. The working cattle ranch is located where the Mohave and Sonoran deserts converge; and where grass, browse and succulents abound. It has excellent water and year-round feed with a tastefully updated headquarters situated in the foothills of the Hualapai Mountains. The terrain consists of open flat desert areas in the lower country that transition to rolling hills and mountains with elevations ranging from just below 2,000 feet to just over 7,200 feet on Pine Mountain. The ranch has scenic mountain and desert views and contains an array of wildlife including deer, jackrabbits, lion, coyotes, quail and javelina.
Out of over 112,000 newly listed properties across the Land.com Network’s online marketplaces, below are some notable new listings on the market as of August.
Largest new land listing
Listed for sale by owner, this 31,915-deeded-acre cattle ranch in New Mexico offers some 50 square miles of some of the best cattle-ranching land in the American Southwest. A well-tended ranch with a number of appealing improvements, the property sits between Albuquerque and Roswell, New Mexico, offering access to city amenities along with the promise of quiet country living. Along with its large deeded acreage, an additional 667 acres of State-lease land and 2,008 acres of BLM acreage are available to prospective new buyers.
Read more: 10 Biggest Ranches for Sale in America
Most expensive new land listing
This 5,812-acre opportunity is in the closely held farming community of Corcoran, California. The land is planted to 1,161 acres of pistachios and 4,104 acres for row and field crops. The land has proven to be well suited for its current use and the remaining farmland may be well suited to develop additional pistachios and/or for mitigation for the state’s Sustainable Groundwater Management Act program. This investment-grade opportunity offers income, pistachios in full production, tax benefits, an appealing location, as well as both district water and well water.
Counties with most new land for sale
Below are the five counties with the most new land listed for sale in August 2018:
- Yavapai County, Arizona | Yavapai County regularly features among the top counties in the country with the most new land listings for sale on the Land.com Network. The county covers both the Prescott metro area and the western half of Sedona.
- Los Angeles County, California | As you’d expect of the country’s second-most populous city, land for sale in Los Angeles County largely comprises acreage for commercial and residential development.
- Maricopa County, Arizona | Comprising the booming Phoenix metropolitan area, Maricopa County is the fastest growing county in the country in terms of population growth.
- San Bernardino County, California | Spreading northeast from L.A., San Bernardino County comprises everything from residential and equestrian estates to the orchards and agricultural acreage that drive the massive California farm economy.
- Riverside County, California | Riverside County is a large county in Southern California that stretches from the L.A. sprawl across Palm Springs into the desert around Joshua Tree National Park. The county was recently ranked third in population growth among large counties nationwide, according to a U.S. Census Bureau report.
Most searched counties
Below are the ten most searched counties on Lands of America in August 2018:
- Kerr County, Texas (+2)
- Bandera County, Texas (+2)
- Edwards County, Texas (-2)
- Burnet County, Texas (-2)
- Gillespie County, Texas
- Blanco County, Texas (NEW)
- Parker County, Texas (-1)
- Henderson County, Texas (-1)
- Bosque County, Texas (-1)
- Fayette County, Texas (NEW)
Below are the ten most searched non-Texas counties on Lands of America in August 2018:
Marion County, Florida
Apache County, Arizona
Cochise County, Arizona
Klamath County, Oregon
Park County, Colorado
Pushmataha County, Oklahoma
Yavapai County, Arizona
Rio Arriba County, New Mexico
Hawaii County, Hawaii
Huerfano County, Colorado
Top-performing land brokers
Based on brokers participating in the Lands of America Comparable Sales Program, below are our Brokers of the Week for land sales completed during the month. Congratulations to these individuals!
- August 2 | Broker of the Week: Matthew Davis, Cushman & Wakefield
- August 9 | Broker of the Week: Texas Ranch Sales
- August 16 | Keller Williams RE Santa Fe’s Dale Heinemann
- August 23 | Andy Flack, HomeLand Properties
- August 30 | Robert Dullnig, Dullnig Ranches/Kuper Sotheby’s