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Real Estate Investing - How to Reduce Your Risk With Market Research

Aug 17, 2007
To convert every property deal into a high capital gain, it is important for investors to understand and determine the correct value of their investment property. Without a sound understanding of the real estate market, it is impossible to evaluate the possible value of a property deal. As a result, you are likely to quote a wrong price when advertising your property for sale.

If the price quoted is much lower then the losses are heavy. On the other hand, if the price quoted is unreasonable, then you will not be able to attract any prospective buyers. It is not safe to hold a property for a very long time, as the real estate market is very volatile. Property that may once be regarded as an area of high appreciation may suddenly cease to appreciate. In order to minimize your risk in real estate investing, it is advisable to conduct some market research.

To judge the value of your property, it is crucial to make property comparisons. The market provides various tools to facilitate easy comparison for investors new to the real estate investing scenario.

It may be initially difficult to understand how external factors influence property values, but with considerable amount of experience, you will soon understand the rules of the game. After closing a few deals on your own, you will be able to refer to your own records to understand how each deal differed owing to market trends prevailing in that period.

However, if you are new to real estate industry, you will have to look around to obtain property details. Some of the places you may consider to get valuable information about real estate property values are the county clerk's office, local real estate appraisers, and the local tax appraiser's office.

All real estate professionals emphasize on the role of real estate agents to create a win-win situation. Agents are an inexhaustible source of information on property values.

For real estate investing, you should invest considerable amount of time and energy to conduct research about different renovated and un-renovated home values and land values in their area.

This research is vital to decide the 'end value' for a deal and also help you to bargain effectively in all your future dealings. For old properties, go around and see how other investors have remodeled the houses and incorporate these ideas in your project.

For successful real estate investing, maintain a detailed record of the sale prices in your area, as each 'selling' situation is unique. Include a Comparative Market Analysis (CMA) in your research. CMA is a spreadsheet of recent sale records of similar dwellings in a particular geographical area. CMA should only include closed sales.

Most investors prefer to research these aspects on the Internet. However, this information can sometimes be misleading, and personally visiting properties also gives you the opportunity to interact with concerned people.
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