If you are considering the purchase of a farm or agricultural property – either for development, or to continue running as an agricultural business – having someone with knowledge, experience, and integrity on your side can make all the difference.
With more than 20 years of experience with farming real estate and agricultural taxes, Fred Mertz understands exactly why each situation and transaction is unique in regards to land for sale in Alberta. He uses that insight to advise buyers and sellers, and to help them negotiate equitable arrangements that leave everyone at the bargaining table feeling good about the outcome.
Having grown up in a farming family himself, and having worked with his parents to liquidate their own family farm, Fred understands the issues that agricultural buyers and sellers face on a personal level. That’s why he stresses patience, careful research, and detailed planning for every client, regardless of whether they are purchasing or making a sale.
From individual buyers to investment and development groups, agricultural land owners across Alberta know that Fred has earned a reputation for efficient and honest work, putting his clients’ needs first and being available to answer questions whenever needed, even if that’s well outside of “normal business hours.”
Here is Bill and Val Pollock’s Story:
“We put it in Fred’s hands to look after and relied on his judgment and experience. We were very happy with the way Fred looked after us.”
When Bill and Val Pollock received an offer to buy the land near Chestermere that had been in their family since 1945, they had questions. Is the offer fair? Is now a good time to sell? What about the taxes?
What Bill Pollock didn’t know then was that his long-time agricultural tax specialist, Fred Mertz, was also a realtor with MaxWell Canyon Creek serving landowning families around Calgary. Fred began the process with a Discovery Day – an informal visit designed to clarify the issues, discuss what’s most important and lay the groundwork for doing the right thing for the client.
In the end, the Pollocks received a competitive price, and the sale proceeds were managed through a tax planning strategy Fred Mertz crafted for this unique situation.