Small parcels of land and smaller farms sold well towards the back end of last year.
If the trend continues into the current year there should be strong interest in a 27ac farm of fine tillage ground located at Castlemarket, near the village of Ballinakill in south county Laois.
The property is very competitively priced at €5,000 to €6,000/ac and comes with a number of stone sheds and an old two-storey residence in need of refurbishment.
According to selling agent, Patrick Foley of Ballyouskill, Attanagh, Co Laois, the farm is the best of tillage land and has produced many great crops of beet and wheat over the years.
"It is all in grass at the moment, having been let and used for grazing in recent years," explains Patrick. "It is fenced and watered with direct access to a river that borders the farm on one side."
However, he admitted that the land could do with some work in terms of cleaning and tidying hedges.
The house is a traditional two-storey stone structure with three bedrooms.
It is in need of complete refurbishment.
The outbuildings are traditional stone sheds and also need complete refurbishment.
There is no road frontage with the farm which is accessed from the main road by means of a right-of-way lane.
Aside from the area aid, there are no entitlements with the property.
The farm is being sold by private treaty and, given its size and the quality of the land, a guide price of €5,000 to €6,000/ac represents good value.