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Other Services

Farm Appraisals

Mark Gannon has been an Iowa Certified General Appraiser for almost 30 years.  We perform appraisals covering several areas including but not limited to sales and transfers of real estate, estate planning, mortgage financing and investment analysis. Gannon Real Estate & Consulting specializes in appraisals of agricultural and recreational land.

At Gannon Real Estate & Consulting we consistently provide our clients with a superior appraisal product and service. In addition to providing appraisals Gannon Real Estate & Consulting offers a number of additional valuation services.  These services are listed below.

Additional Services:

  • Market Analysis & Consulting
  • Expert Witness Testimony

To inquire about Gannon Real Estate & Consulting performing an appraisal or other valuation service, contact us today at 515-291-5942 or by email for additional information.


Farm Real Estate Consulting Services

Consulting covers a wide area of possible projects including land rent evaluations, land split settlements, land exchanges, government program analysis and many other possibilities in the farm real estate business.  All farms, owners and families are unique and present varied opportunities and possibilities. With over 30 years of agriculture real estate experience Mark can evaluate your project and give you a quote.


Find the perfect tenant – or owner – for you

Farmland Stewardship Solutions is offers a farm leasing platform and resource for both landowners and operators. There are three main tools that are available to you.

Lease and Farm Monitoring
As agriculture relies more on data with each passing year the need for an ongoing lease monitoring service became evident. Our goal is to provide landowners and operators with the information and tools needed to help them reach their goals. We understand these goals will vary for each farm and individual, that is why we have set up our Lease Monitoring Service to accommodate any leasing situation.

Our goal in monitoring your lease is to ensure you are obtaining all the needed records, data, all while receiving a market value rental rate. This can be time consuming, complicated and stressful.  Farmland Stewardship Solutions is here to help.You will have comfort in knowing your lease is being monitored by experienced professionals.

Stewardship Assistance
It is our belief that all farms need to be maintained and cared for with the best stewardship practices in mind. In order to achieve this, continued oversight and analysis is needed. There are a number of government programs available that many individuals are unaware of.  Farmland Stewardship Solutions stays current with these programs and provides recommendations and options to our clients.

We store all records pertaining to your property on US Farm Records. US Farm Records is a secure internet based system that allows for parties to upload records directly to their account where they can be stored indefinitely. Having these valuable records on hand allows the owners to make well informed decisions concerning their land.

Beginning Farmer Focused
Farmland Stewardship Solutions is concerned with the next generation of farming and have worked with a number of owners who want to rent their land to a beginning farmer. The past few years have been some of the most difficult times for young farmers to get a start with record land prices and high cash rents. Landowners who rent out their property to a beginning farmer receive a tax credit through the state which can vary based on the type of lease in place.

Farmland Stewardship Solutions has a large network of operators who qualify as beginning farmers which owners are able to utilize. Our full range of services cannot be fully described in the above words. We would love to meet with you to show you what we can do for you.

Our mission is to create and maintain long term relationships between owners and operators by developing fair and market-based lease agreements while providing our clients with the information, knowledge and tools they need in order to achieve all of their farmland goals.

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Self Directed Individual Retirement Account (SDIRA) Real Estate Opportunity

There are a number of different opportunities available that allow you to diversify your investment portfolio, specifically when it comes to retirement. Traditionally, many individuals would invest in accounts such as Individual Retirement Accounts (IRA), Roth IRAs, 401k employee retirement plans, and others. Another lesser known option available is known as an Equity Trust, or Self-Directed IRA (SDIRA).

Self Directed IRA – “Self-Directed IRA’s (Individual Retirement Accounts) are accounts that allow you to invest in alternative assets like real estate or small businesses. Unlike your typical 401(k) or Roth IRA, these Self-Directed IRA’s require a qualified custodian to process transactions, hold the assets, and keep records for the IRS. The types of assets that individuals can invest in vary from custodian to custodian in addition to being governed by the IRS, so it is important to understand what you want as an investor in making the decision to set up a Self-Directed IRA and in choosing a qualified trustee.”


There are a number of benefits that give Self Directed IRA’s an advantage over other traditional options. The main draw for a SDIRA is the diversification of investment options.

Investment Options 

  1. Real Estate – including farmland , commercial, residential and vacant land
  2. Private IRA lending
  3. Promissory Notes
  4. Private Companies
  5. Options
  6. Tax Liens 
  7. Certificates of Deposit
  8. Equities
  9. Fixed Income Bonds
  10. Single Member LLC
  11. Precious Metals

Steps needed when investing in real estate through a self directed IRA.

  1. Open A Self Directed IRA Account (consider fee structure of custodian)
  2. Fund Account – by rolling over existing IRA or 401k, or contributing personally.
  3. Select real estate that meets your requirements – advise using a real estate agent or broker.
  4. Connect with your custodian to fund and finalize your real estate investment.
  5. Actively manage investment – finding a farm manager or tenant.

The goal of a Self Directed IRA account is to provide the owner with the highest amount of potential to create wealth while giving them the freedom to diversify their funds into any wealth generating asset, including real estate. When using a SDIRA, make sure to do your due diligence and work with credible, trusted individuals and custodians. Respect that there are limitations to direct management and transactions that are prohibited by the IRS. Overall, if you are looking for a diversified, high growth opportunity by investing in real estate, a self directed IRA could be a great option that allows you to diversify your retirement plan.


This media is provided for the sole purpose of conveying information, and is not to be taken as investment or legal advice. There are risks involved in any investment opportunity, including limitations and prohibited transactions, disqualified individuals, tax limitations, difference in liquidity of investment, fees and transaction costs, custodial or administrative work, and general risk. If you decide to diversify into a Equity Trust or Self Directed IRA, make sure to do your own due diligence and external research on the subject.