Luke Skinner

SPECIALTY: Land Broker / Auctioneer / Owner
LICENSED IN: Iowa

I grew up in rural Western Iowa in a 1900 two-story farmhouse built on a hill overlooking farmland as far as the eye could see. Clean air and open skies, nothing too fancy, a simple life filtered with rich childhood memories. The older I get, the more I cherish life in the hills of Western Iowa. The thrill of dusty combines in the fall, opening morning pheasant hunts, visiting my grandparent’s dairy farm in Plymouth County, and fall deer hunting were the highs of my memories. Fast forward to the present time, my early life experience in rural Iowa has positioned me to understand Iowa farmland, the process of producers, and how farms trade hands in Iowa. People often ask me where I am from, simply reply “ Iowa – the breadbasket of America.”  

Luke has provided a key role in the growth of Iowa Land Company. As Co-founder and shareholder in the firm, he takes pride in providing new ideas and innovative marketing strategies in the land business. As the lead auctioneer and auction director, he takes it personally to provide and pursue the best approach to selling farmland on auction. When farmland owners and heirs decide to sell Iowa farmland, it is our mission to provide cutting-edge marketing and a smooth and successful transition during the sales process. Our approach is to contribute the same input into the process as if it was our farm to sell. We believe it is our responsibility to provide an honest and higher standard of service in the land business. Our marketing process generates more demand for your farm through multiple local marketing outlets along with our national digital marketing streams. Over the years, Luke has assisted in over 17,000 acres of new land ownership throughout Iowa. Farmland tracts Luke has sold, range from 480 acres located in Sioux County, large pasture acres in the Loess Hills of Plymouth County, and smaller compact 80s in the rich hill country of Carroll County.  

In 2016, I enrolled in auctioneering school in Mason City taught by the great Paul C. Behr. A two-week long, rigorous course learning about auction chants, auction business, and being a better auctioneer. Since 2016, I have assisted and helped transfer over $100,000,000 in Iowa farmland. Within those transactions, I have worked with many sellers throughout Western, Southern, and Northern Iowa. I pride my work on providing an honest service that puts sellers first and represents them as if it was my family selling farmland. There are numerous details that go into the auction process. It is my goal to make the process of selling farmland seamless and rewarding.

Like mind goals and a solution to any problem is always the best way to provide my clients with the best outcome. I look forward to working with you and your family. – Luke Skinner

Iowa Land Company did a great job selling our 55 acre property in Carroll County. Luke Skinner had a sensitivity to the history of land ownership in the area, and the team did a good job reaching out to local land owners. Luke handled seller input and questions from two coasts. Our local contact, who attended the auction, was impressed by the professionalism of the event, and we were excited to watch it via YouTube.
– Mark Halbur & Lori (Halbur) Krinsky

 

I am immensely grateful that I found Luke Skinner to assist me in the sale of my farm. I live in a different state than my farm. I frequently receive brochures and other printed material from people who would like to help me sell the farm. I received one from Luke. When I contacted him, he struck me as trustworthy and efficient. That was proven to be true through a very long sale process. I was offered a price by my tenant farmer which seemed too low, so I went to Luke to ask what the true value of the farm was. Luke did a valuation comparison, and I was able to see that the offered price was quite low.
For Luke’s fee, I received an additional $100,000 from the sale price. One parcel had a title issue, and the closing was delayed. Luke kept me informed about what was happening, and on one occasion said it was time for me to step in and ask questions. I appreciate his knowledge, his attention to detail, and I recommend him without reservation if you want to sell your farm.
– Carolyn Knowles Harrison County

 

I was the trustee for my late father and mothers estate in Carroll County, IA. After talking with the other heirs in the estate we decided to sell our north 80 in Carroll County, IA. After making the decision to sell the farm I was in charge of selecting the firm to conduct our sale. I had followed Iowa Land Company for a few years and was very intrigued with their style of business and marketing capabilities. I read through their past reviews and was impressed with how they conducted business in the past. Luke and Matt met me at the farm to discuss our options and how to break the farm up to maximize price. I knew right away Luke and Matt were our guys to conduct this complex sale. Matt and Luke were very responsive during the marketing process, the entire process from front to back was very stress free and rewarding. Our sale was a huge success, they exceeded our expectations and I will be referring them to other farmland sellers in Carroll County. You guys are exceptional!
– Steve Zimmerman Carroll County

 

We decided to sell our Century farm in early November and on December 31st we had the money in the bank. Given this quick turnaround, they clearly were very effective in getting the message out to prospective buyers. We are very pleased with the professional approach of Matt and Luke Skinner and we highly recommend the Iowa Land Company. Every marketing strategy that they used was effective in getting and exceeding the that we had for the sale. There was excellent communication before, during, and after the sale. Given the personal magnitude of the decision to market our property, this high level of communication was very important. We could not be more satisfied with our decision to list our farm with Iowa Land Company.
– Tom and Bev Bruening Calhoun County

 

I worked with Luke Skinner at the Iowa Land Company regarding auction of a farm located in Mahaska County Iowa. Luke did an excellent portfolio of the farm in the major magazines and local publications. He was punctual in returning any telephone calls or emails. We had 14 people listed as possible buyers on the sign in sheet the day of the auction. We got $2500 more per acre than what had been estimated the farm would sell for. I found Iowa Land Company honest and a company of integrity with excellent follow through with each step of the sale and with the final closure also. If I had to sell another farm; Iowa Land Company would be my auctioneering company of choice!
– Mahaska County Land Seller

 

Working with Luke and the team was a fantastic experience. We were able to close a fairly complex transaction on time and on budget. They are a great group that I will continue to use for any and all Iowa land sales.
– Harrison County Land Seller

 

Matt & Luke are very much in touch with land prices. They were very helpful with us 6 on mom’s estate. 3 selling 3 keeping. their knowledge of Iowa land helped us decide what to sell and what to keep so everyone was equal was great. Matt and Luke were always there to answer questions.
– Humboldt County Land Seller

 

Luke Skinner was the broker in charge of the sale of our land. He was professional, thorough, and answered any questions we had. I was very pleased with the process and the outcome.
– Wright/Hancock County Land Seller

 

I chose Iowa Land Company (ILC) after thoroughly vetting several different companies.  My experience with ILC was top notch and I highly recommend this team!  They were easy to work with, aggressively advertised my farm, patient with answering my endless questions, extremely responsive, kept me updated the entire time, and brought me top dollar. Seriously, save yourself a headache and just choose ILC because you won’t regret it.
– Cherokee County Land Seller

 

Luke was very helpful and really kept up on things. We got the property sold in a very short amount of time. He was always in contact with us and always was glad to answer questions that came up during the process.
– Adams County Land Owner

 

and Matt did a great job selling our family farm in Sioux County, Iowa. It was a complicated transaction that involved seven sellers living out of state. We appreciated their timely response to our questions and their polite and professional manner.
– Jennifer Dejong

 

Luke and Matt did an excellent job marketing and selling our family farm in Wright County, Iowa. Their marketing material including a drone video was excellent. Luke and Matt were very professional and responsive and overall it was a pleasure working with them.
– Dibben Family Trust – Wright County

 

I worked with Luke and Matt on the sale of some of my land in Buena Vista County. I was impressed by not only their knowledge but also their professionalism in the marketing and then the sale of this land. A lot of great compliments after the auction on their professionalism. I would recommend the Iowa Land Company to anyone who is either looking to buy or sell.
– Ellrich Trust – Buena Vista County

 

We had a great experience with Luke and the team at Iowa Land Company. They are diligent and responsive to any issues. They provided an excellent service and communicated very clearly with us about our property, offered great advice, and eventually helped us sell and close our farmland in Dayton. The closing attorney Luke recommended to us for the sale was also able to aid us with miscellaneous legal matters which was a plus. Taking care of 2 birds with 1 stone. I highly recommend Iowa Land Company. Thanks Luke.
– Moon Farm – Webster County

 

Luke and Matt Skinner did an excellent job in the sale of my farm. Would use again if I needed a realtor! Highly recommend!
– Darline Burgdorf

 

My entire experience with the Iowa Land Company was very impressive, from start to finish. We contacted Iowa Land Company and the very next day Luke and Matt traveled many miles to the property located in extreme Western Plymouth County Iowa. They were very knowledgeable and easy to work with. I highly recommend this company, so grateful we chose them. They were always willing to go above and beyond my expectations. This company gets 5 stars on every aspect on the sale of our 2 properties.

Hummel Ranch – Plymouth County

 

Luke was easy to work with. He sold my land quickly for the price I was asking. Other realtors advised me my land was worth less than half of what I was asking but Luke was able to sell it for what it was worth.

Andrew Thomas

 

Luke met me the very next day, and we spent unhurried time walking the 40 acres. As an outdoorsman himself, Luke pointed out numerous animal signs I had overlooked. I had several questions about the cabin on the property, and his attention to detail and personable manner made it easy to make decisions. He was able to answer all of the questions that day.

Since a group of people was selling this great piece of land, Luke had many tasks to coordinate in our land negotiations. He proved to be trustworthy, efficient, and readily available. As a busy person, my phrase is, “I want things done yesterday,” and again, Luke was there to make it happen. I now own my dream land, and my wife and I plan to enjoy peaceful weekends there with our family. Thank you, Luke Skinner and Iowa Land Company.

Phil Hamman – Sioux City, Iowa

 

Everyone at Iowa Land Company was so great to work with during a difficult time for our family. We trusted them with our family’s land and they didn’t let us down. Selling farmland is a specialty…but getting top dollar is an art and that’s what they did. I would highly recommend Iowa Land Company!

Diane Haney  –  Seller

 

Have worked with them on multiple occasions. Top notch company.

Rob L. –  Iowa Land Owner

 

I worked with Iowa Land Company and specifically Luke and Matt Skinner in the sale of some land held in my Mom’s estate.  I was impressed by not only their knowledge but also their professionalism in the marketing and then the sale of this land. I would recommend the Iowa Land Company to anyone who is either looking to buy or sell.

Jim Delong  – Seller

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