If you are waiting for the right time to buy real estate, you may find yourself waiting for the right time 10 years from now. Even though the real estate market goes up and down at different times, you can make money in any type of real estate market. The fact is you really don’t need a crystal ball to make money in real estate, that is, you do not need to time the real estate market perfectly. With simple strategies, you can make big profits in real estate, no matter how hot or cold the market may be.
The key is in a cold market you must always get a great deal on the property that you invest with. This way you can still sell your investment below market value and still make money. Even in cold markets, people buy and sell houses every day. Basically the same principle applies in both hot and cold markets, buy low at wholesale prices and sell high at retail prices.
As an investor, you want to get used to buying at wholesale prices. The better deal you can get on your investment, the more money you will make. Bidding low on several properties until you find someone who bites is just part of the game. Don’t get discouraged if you are not able to get a house you like at a great price. You never want to get yourself personally attached or fall in love with an investment property, this is business and it’s not personal.
You will always be able to find people who need to sell their property fast, and sell their house for well below market value. There are several occurrences that put people in these situations, divorce, bankruptcy, the owner is moving into a nursing home and many, many more. These events are common and can occur to anyone which will usually cause people to sell well below market value.
Rent it Out/Wait it Out
Although you may find it’s not such a great time to sell your property, this does not mean it’s a bad time to rent. The rental market is not affected from the real estate selling market. You will be able to get just as much rent in a slow real estate market as you would a strong market. It may very well make sense to rent your house for a while until the market gets better. The rent that you collect should more than cover your expenses and you’ll be paying down on your property at the same time.
So basically you should make money three ways when you rent a property out.
1. Monthly cash flow
2. Property value increases over time
3. Your paying down (paying off) your property over time
So don’t worry about what type of market we are in and where it is going. There is money out there to be made. Find a great deal and go for it. The idea here is just do it, if you make a mistake you’ll learn from it which will make you a better investor. You’ll be far ahead of the game if you go for it and someone else is waiting trying to time the market perfectly.