Forest Forecast (Skogsprognos®)
Have you decided to invest in a forest property? Maybe you want to take over the family farm, or buy a property on the open market? If so, the next thing to consider is how to finance the project, and what the calculations for the future are like. A Forest Forecast (Skogsprognos®) gives you the answers to a number of important questions.
The need for capital
Buying a forest property requires capital. The capital is usually made up of your own deposit, felling of standing volume, and a mortgage (bank loan for property). The proportions vary, depending on your financial circumstances, whether it is a first acquisition or a supplement to existing holdings, and the objective of the investment.
Forestry plan becomes a Forest Forecast
The forest on your property has a value – the question is, how big is that value in your case?
Converting forest properties to financial key figures makes the transaction more secure. A Forest Forecast, based on the normal forestry plan, shows possible felling levels and revenue flows for the next 50 years. How the growth and standing volume on the property develop over time are also key elements of the forecast. Both you as forest owner, and the bank, can plan the payment flows with greater certainty in relation to the available and fixed capital in your future forest.
If some of the financing involves a loan, the property is normally used as security for the credit. In order to borrow as much as possible as a first-mortgage loan, while also feeling secure with your investment calculations, you need to differentiate between the value of the forest in different age classes. Our Forest Forecast is exactly the information you need to get the right loan terms.
Often, a credit solution for a property purchase comprises a first-mortgage loan from the creditor’s mortgage institution. If more funds are needed, these can be borrowed as a normal bank loan. Many people try to borrow as much as possible as a first-mortgage loan, because the interest rate on these credits can be fixed. Financial security is greater when the costs for interest and repayments are known.