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2016 PRESIDENTIAL RACE, AND THE LAND MARKET IMPACT

With the 2016 Presidential race drawing to a close many Americans are worried about the fate of the nation and government. What will happen to the economy under the new administration?What will happen to oil prices, property values, the stock market, and so on? Before we know who our next Commander-in-Chief will be, there is a lot that remains uncertain.


As we learned from Brexit earlier this year, drastic political upheavals have a huge impact on the economy. One former member of the Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee, David Blanchflower, points out Britain is "already being hit by higher prices, slowing wage growth and - despite official data showing a stable unemployment rate of 4.9% - signs of rising joblessness”.


Some experts who believe the market uncertainty that would accompany a Trump presidency could lead to a jump in land and gold prices as more Americans would be looking for a haven to secure their investments. Experts believe Clinton’s plans to increase spending on infrastructure will likely lead to inflation. Since one of the surest ways to protect against rising prices is to invest in property, a Clinton tenure is also predicted to drive up demand.


Housing, as Forbes notes, is also revisiting a widespread bubble-and-bust cycle.  If we review what occurred in the 2008 to 2011 housing bust, income producing agricultural properties increased in value, and many areas saw an over 50% increase in land values.


To summarize, in the market with either candidate there will be an upheaval, I and many others expect 2017 will be the year there will be another recession. Land is safe and has historically appreciated in value. So the goal for us at Williams Ranch Group LLC is to assist our clients in investing safely in agriculture by finding deals; properties that have a minimum of 4% annual return while that property appreciates in value for the long term.