Most people spend their time wondering when the real estate market is good to enter and purchase real estate based on some friend’s recommendations. Others are more emotional and buy real estate on their whim and fancy. Such ideas may work sometimes but are not very reliable indicators on when to enter and exit the real estate market. Thus this article highlights a 2 step process to analyze your real estate investments.
Firstly, in real estate investing, just like in the stock market, there is readily available public data, which you can chart to determine if the real estate boom or bust is bottoming out. Like in any investment, try to purchase the instrument at the bottom of a cycle so that you gain on the rebound. Similarly take the rental yield cycle into consideration when you do your maths to determine whether the property is worth acquiring since you want to ensure that you have enough monthly rental to cover your mortgage installments even in the leanest of rental periods.
The best way to analyze this real estate investment analysis is to look at charts and data with regards to the relevant data. You want to look and examine in which part of the real estate cycle, your prospective real estate property lies in and how the rentals are doing in your potential real estate investment. Thus after this analysis, you will know where the pricing of your real estate investment is heading and plan accordingly.
Secondly, after analyzing statistical data, go down to a real estate agents office and talk to them and ask them about their outlook for the real estate investment sector that you are interested in investing in and ask them for indicators of good rental yield in terms of location and whether any events or developments would help to increase rental yields in an area. If for instance they know that a new business district is slated for development next to your prospective purchase, you want to know that too as it would mean a huge jump in price of acquisition and rental yields and a huge gain in your real estate investment.
Always spend some time planning what information you want to get out of the real estate agent before you go down and always know what type of real estate investment property so that you can save his and your time when you view properties. After a while you will get a rough sense of the property prices in an area and when you see a bargain property investment you will know it’s the right one for you.
In conclusion, we have highlighted two ways to identify a bargain from your real estate investment in this article. Spend some time this week looking at your next real estate investment deal and perhaps it might turn out to be a bargain.
Joel Teo takes a keen interest in real estate investment as part of a larger investment portfolio. For more tips on real estate investing check out our real estate investment success series at our real estate investing resource