What Makes Land a Good Investment?

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Factors to Consider when Purchasing Land

By Josh Brimhall

I was raised in a family that taught me to appreciate not only the beauty of the world we live in, but also the value of a raw piece of Land.  Most people see a parcel and don’t think much of it because, after all, there is land all around us. Why would it be special?

Some people aren’t aware of the superior benefits that come with purchasing land.  The simplicity and stability that comes with owning the right piece of land can far outweigh the myriad of problems that can to come up with other types of real estate. Land is a stable, safe place to invest and should be thought of as a secure long term asset that can surmount market trends.

Not all mark-twain-quote-buy-land-theyre-not-making-it-anymore-e1436949051801land is equal however.  There are a variety of factors that can positively or negatively affect the value of a piece of property. When considering a land purchase and whether it is the right investment for you, it is best to consider the following:


There are multiple Zoning Districts, the most common being Commercial, Residential, Industrial and Resource. The Zoning Ordinances dictate what uses are allowed in each district, or more notably, what is prohibited in a zone.  It is extremely important to understand what a property can be used for, and what the best use of the property is. With this knowledge you can quickly determine whether it will fit your needs.


Whether you intend to develop the property yourself, or market the property to a developer, it is important to understand what limitations you may have.  If a property does not have access to basic utilities you will lose a massive portion of the property’s usability, marketability, and value.

Growth patterns:

Analyzing the development growth patterns and land availability of an area could play a huge role in the success of your asset. There is likely to be more demand for land as an area expands, which can add value to your investment.


Simply put, an easement is the right that someone has to someone else’s real property.  As you can imagine, this information is vital for the access, planning, and development of your property, but is not always apparent to the naked eye.

These factors, along with many others, have the potential to make or break an investment if not discovered and/or taken into serious consideration. Although this may all seem a bit overwhelming land can be an excellent investment and working with an experienced broker is critical to your success.


JoshJosh 11-28-16-2ua Brimhall

Senior Advisor

Joshua S. Brimhall joined COBE in 2016 and specializes in Land acquisition and disposition throughout the State of Arizona.  He is a sixth generation Arizona native that has been involved in agriculture growth corridor transactions since 2000 which has translated into a lifelong passion for real estate.  He is a partner at Langley Properties and his expertise in acquiring, operating, developing and marketing properties for his clients shows in his vast market knowledge.  He has worked with home builders, developers, and investors in the every facet of residential lots, working farms, and numerous commercial properties throughout Arizona.  Joshua finds great joy in earning and maintaining long lasting trusting relationships with new clients and investors.

He studied Finance and Spanish at Brigham Young University and Utah Valley University.  Joshua has an Ambitious, energetic personality that motivates him to achieve anything he sets his mind to.  He is an active member of his church and enjoys doing anything recreational with his wife and family.

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