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Speculation Vs Real Estate Investment

Aug 17, 2007
Real estate flipping is a term used by most people these days, the meaning of which is re selling real estate for a profit. Most participants in the real estate market confirm the transaction before re selling their property for a profit. The insinuation is that they use their own funds to secure an investment. This is characteristic real estate investment. But the true art of flipping lies in re selling an interest before closing the deal. One buyer of a contract of sales or purchase will find another buyer for the same interest ready to buy before the first buyer completes the deal. This implies that the first buyer is only putting the deposit out of his own resources. This is characteristic real estate speculation

More often than not, real estate flipping can be the cause for many problems even though it is not an illegal practice. Most real estate boards and organizations do not encourage the practice of real estate flipping. Market value can be defined as the price that a property is expected to obtain after considerable time and exposure to the various market conditions. If someone with extraordinary skills and talents, like a realtor is involved, flipping would then envelop an element of misrepresentation. However, if no professionals are involved, courts have ruled that misrepresentation will still be punishable by law. Such misrepresentations can also be categorized as deceptive. Apart from the legal and moral issues, flipping contributes to the approximate inflationary damages that prove them to be unfavorable for the whole economy. This is more pronounced when they involve large items like capital assets. When it comes to real estate investing, the small matter of re selling property for profit is considered to be a common part of the business.

In a market economy, the main responsibility of the speculators is to soak up all the risk and to contribute a minimal amount of flow of money or liquidity to that market place. Often times, speculators reduce the liquidity in a market by increasing the prices. The effect of price increase is to reduce the number of buyers therefore affecting demand and lowering prices even further. On the other hand, investors play a completely different role in the market. A person that purchases a property renovates it and then re sells it for a profit is known as an investor and not a speculator. This will also be the case for a person who buys property under foreclosure.

When it comes to the subject of investment, risk management is also very clear. Investment is directly proportional to the basic relation between personal incomes. This can also be influenced by the nature of the property bought or sold and the rates of interest. An increase in the value of personal income will lead to an increase in investments and this in turn will lead to the subsequent expansion of prices and economy. On the contrary, high rates of interest will lower investment by increasing the cost of financing. The end result will be a lower demand graph thus hampering the progress of prices and the economy. Even if the investor decides to use his own exclusive resources, there will still be a measure of risk. If the main purpose is to make easy money through flipping and speculation, the risks involved will be considerably higher.
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