Are Conservation Programs Good or Bad When Selling a Property?

Article provided by Rural Property Pro Jay Frazier, who works exclusively with rural property buyers and sellers. First Weber is fortunate to have him on the team and we are happy to share his vast knowledge of rural land in Wisconsin

“As a Wisconsin REALTOR specializing in rural properties, landowners often ask me about how government programs will affect their property sale. The question is usually something like, “I’m thinking of enrolling my property in a program; will that affect the market value when I sell?” Most often, the programs they’re referring to are the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) and the Managed Forest Law (MFL) program. There are other programs that rural properties are enrolled in but those usually have a similar effect on land value.

Let me first say that I’m not against these programs in general as they can provide benefits when implemented with some forethought. The problems that I see are usually the result of landowners simply not understanding the full implications of enrollment.” 

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