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Real Estate Investing In a Post Boom Market

Aug 17, 2007
Making quick profits through real estate investment is no longer a viable option. The boom period is practically over. This bursting of the bubble was predicted quite some time back, but despite warnings people continued to invest in many places across the country including Arizona, Florida, Las Vegas, etc. But not all have profited after a year. Many have lost on the investments that they have made. These variations are due to the variable conditions of different real estate markets across the US. In other words, there is not one, but a number of small local real estate markets across the US, which have given different returns on real estate investments. So there are different stories with respect to the real estate investments.

Win some lose some

The investors who got into the market early are happy, as they were able to earn profits and are now in a comfortable position with respect to their investments. It was the opposite for people who got in late in the game. For those who got in with the hopes of flipping over homes for profits, there have not been enough buyers for those homes, and their investment is now blocked or they have suffered loss by selling at low prices, because their aim was to get profits in a very short time, and their level of available finances was also relatively low. Others who invested in homes, hoping to give them on rent and thus cover their mortgage payments, are stuck with having to pay the mortgage repayments from their own pockets in the absence of a tenant.

Long term investments are still profitable

In the present situation, the main factors affecting the profitability of real estate investment is the state of the investor's financial well-being, and the timeframe within which they want their profits. The real estate boom is over, so, short-term profits are not going to happen now. If one is ready to make long-term investments in real estate, say for any period of over a decade, the prospects are still good to make handsome gains. But speculation is certainly over for now.

Tread cautiously to avoid being trapped

At present, one thing that is common all over the country is that home prices are appreciating at a much slower rate than before. This itself should sound warning bells for the real estate investor. Beware of so called experts in real estate investment who give their recommendations, trapping gullible people into buying investment homes, and offering to manage the property including renting it out on behalf of the investor. It is not advisable to go in for such an investment if you cannot afford to bear the monthly mortgage repayment in the absence of a tenant.

Tenants are not easy to find, and getting one depends on a variety of factors. If the property is located in an area, which has good potential for job growth, there are good chances of finding renters. Many entrepreneurs dealing in real estate quote the high rental figures of the recent past to lure people into buying property. One should be careful about accepting such figures, because in the changed circumstances finding tenants willing to pay a high rent is becoming increasingly difficult. Hence, you need to do your research before making your investment. There is no such market as a single national real estate market. Everything depends on local market conditions.
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