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Bob Schwartz, CRS, GRI 

Certified Residential Specialist



San Diego, California 92101

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How To Invest In Real Estate In A Down Economy


We all understand the real estate market has been in a steep decline for a few years now. Well, with the increased number of foreclosures across the nation, this economy is in the pit of the pits. These foreclosure statistics are among the worst we have experienced in decades and Americans everywhere are having difficulty scraping by in this rough economy.

The United States is experiencing the start of a recession. Things will get worse before they get better. They will, however, get better. They always do. You just have to be willing to be patient.

If you want to invest in real estate, this may be the best time to do so. With the mortgage rates being lower than ever before and the housing prices also at rock bottom, there are so many opportunities to make a good investment in the real estate market. This includes investing property for both residential use and to let out to tenants.

Everyone is affected by a collapse in the residential real estate market. It starts a chain reaction that has really just begun. People begin to be laid off in the trades and stop spending money on entertainment or new cars or furniture. The effect on everyone is astonishing. The real estate recession is like a virus out of control.

You should always look at your home as an investment. If you are renting property now, realize that you are paying a mortgage for someone else. You can be paying yourself that money as well as taking advantage of tax incentives that are available to homeowners.

Investing in real estate in a down economy is actually the greatest time to invest in real estate. You have to make sure that the property in which you choose to invest is in an area which the homes have systematically increased in value. If you want to speculate, you can invest in an area that is up and coming, such as a place where people are moving to get away from urban sprawl. Track the patterns of growth in your area and determine the next development boom. If, for example, the growth is going Southwest, go to an area one point farther than the most recently developed area and purchase property in that area. Because prices are low as well as mortgage rates, this is the best time to do this. When things get rolling again as far as developments, you may be sitting on a goldmine.

If you own a home and still want to invest, consider investing a home that you can rent to others. People always need a place to live and a rental unit is usually a good investment. Because of low interest rates and housing prices, you should be able to get a good deal on both property and a loan. Loans for investment property that you plan to rent are usually different than those in which you plan to live and in some cases, you need to put down 50 percent of the property value to get a loan, so be advised of that. However, the rates are still down so this is a good time to buy.

If you are buying property that you plan to rent to tenants, make sure it is in an area where people want to live so that you can be assured of having a steady flow of income.

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