Where can you find the Best Real Estate Bargains Today?
Towards the end of year 2007, concern over the real estate market has greatly
increased. In fact, homes sales have reached the lowest levels in six
years. Foreclosures have continued to expand and lenders are now
exercising more caution in approving home mortgages. As a result, many
investors have begun to shy away from the real estate market.
Even so, there are still many areas in which great real estate investments are still
possible. One of the main reasons it might actually make sense to buy in
certain areas is the fact that many sellers are becoming increasingly
willing to accept lower prices on their homes in order to unload them. A
low price; however, does not necessarily equate to being a good bargain
and this should be kept in mind when browsing the market for prospective
Identifying areas which are anticipated to experience increased sales in
the future could prove to be excellent investment locations. When
looking for areas which have the potential to be a good buyer's market,
it is important to consider the current inventory and the state of sales
prices. Ideally, the best buyer's markets have a large inventory and
sales prices that are steadily declining. It can also be helpful to look
for markets which have traditionally been affordable and undervalues.
Fort Worth, Texas is an excellent example of such a market. This
particular area has not experienced quite the same corrections to the
post-boom as other markets. In addition, a strong increase in sales is
expected soon; making this an ideal market to consider for investments.
Washington D.C. and Long Island, N.Y. have traditionally been strong
markets which are now experiencing a recovery. Both markets are expected
to stabilize soon. When that occurs, both should prove to be quite
healthy for investors.
Orlando and Las Vegas are considered to be somewhat riskier markets;
however, they are expected to undergo some significant increases in
sales in the near future. This means that buyers who invest in these
markets will actually be taking on a relatively small risk compared to
many other markets.
Understanding which markets make ideal investment markets requires
understanding something about not only the national market but also
local markets as well. While prices are continuing to slip in many
areas, creating strong buyer markets, this is not the case in all
markets. For example, in some areas the number of buyers still exceeds
the number of sellers. This is the case in San Francisco, where
upper-end properties are in high demand. This means that, it is
generally difficult for buyers to pick up a bargain. In fact, in these
areas it is not uncommon for sellers to be able to obtain not only their
asking price but even above the asking price.
In other areas, there is an extensive inventory and few buyers
interested in making purchases. While at first glance these markets
might seem as though they would be ideal investment opportunities this
is not always the case. In these areas, it is important to understand
how long you can expect it to take for the value of your new investment
to increase. You may well be able to purchase a property at a value in
these areas; however, if it takes too long for sales prices in those
areas to increase they are not really an ideal investment.
Many industry experts believe that the best real estate investments are
those which are traditionally always in demand. These areas include
homes that are well constructed and planned and situated in desirable
locations. If the inventory in a particular area is low enough, almost
all listings will generally sell. This is the case in Oakland,
California which is known as being a trendy neighborhood in which homes
are snatched up quickly.
When looking for properties in which to invest, it is generally a good
idea to remember that a home is not a bargain if you cannot reasonably
expect there to be an upturn soon. Properties worth considering are
those located near urban areas with strong infrastructure such as
transportation. Those areas situated in areas where the population is
growing faster than new construction are ideal candidates to consider
for investment. When the market turns around, these areas could very
well be the next hot spots for investors.
Even though the current market may seem dismal, there are actually many
great investment opportunities. The key is to make sure that you choose
bargain properties carefully.