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America’s Top Brokerages Announced by The Land Report

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America’s Top Brokerages Announced
by The Land Report®

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United Country Real Estate Achieves Top Results, Recognition

August 4, 2014 – (KANSAS CITY, Mo.) – The Land Report recently named United Country Real Estate among the top real estate land brokerage companies in the nation in the article, “America's Best Brokerages” in its 2014 Summer Issue. United Country is the largest land brokerage listed in this special report, which evaluated the nation’s leading land brokerages based on 2013 sales results.

“We are very pleased by our team’s solid performance for the 2013 calendar year.  We have seen growth across numerous categories including significant gains in closed sales of larger ‘investment grade’ farm, ranch, recreational and timberland properties,” said Dan Duffy, chief executive officer for United Country Real Estate. “Farmland has been a very significant part of United Country Real Estate sales and focus since 1925, and 2013 was no exception with over 700 farm sales.”

As the largest land sales company in the U.S., farmland made up over 40 percent of total land sales for the company last year, by far the largest segment of the land category including ranches, recreational, timberland and vacant / development land.  United Country saw a four-percent increase in price per acre nationwide for farmland ($2,445 vs $2,543 in 2012 and 2013, respectively) and record land price per acre sales in numerous counties throughout the country, with some of the highest reaching over $16,000 per acre.

Most industry leaders agree the market will show modest increases in 2014 or remain similar to 2013.  This price stability and continued appreciation underscores the value of land, whether farmland or recreational, as an asset class in America. Since 2012 through 2014 year-to-date, United Country has seen strong, sustained growth in sales volume of all land categories – farms have increase 28 percent, timberland has increased 112 percent, ranchland has increased 31 percent, recreational land has increased 83 percent and total land sales volume has increased 37 percent.

“For the remainder of 2014, we remain optimistic across the all land categories,” said Mike Duffy, president of United Country Real Estate. “Farm prices have proven strong and stable as the Baby Boomers are beginning to retire, supplying inventory to the market. With the improving economy, timberland is showing some of the strongest returns in recent years for property owners and with low interest rates and stronger financial health of consumers, recreational property is also recovering nicely.”

For more information about United Country Real Estate, call 800-999-1020 or visit their website at UnitedCountry.com.

About United Country Real Estate

United Country Real Estate – a division of the United Real Estate Group – is the leading, fully integrated network of conventional and auction real estate professionals. The company has been an innovator in lifestyle and country real estate marketing since 1925. United Country is the only national franchise company to specialize in second-home, vacation, retirement, coastal, mountain, recreational, ranch, farm, timberland, equine, livestock, investment and other lifestyle properties outside metropolitan markets. United Country supports nearly 600 offices and 5,000 real estate professionals across four continents with a unique, comprehensive marketing program that includes the highest ranked and largest portfolios of specialty property marketing websites, the largest real estate marketing services company, an extensive buyer database of more than 500,000 opt-in buyers and exclusive national advertising of properties.

2820 NW Barry Road, Kansas City, MO 64154
816-420-6200  www.unitedcountry.com

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