How Real Estate Prices Affect Investing

by : Joe Cline

There is no doubt that investing in real estate can be a very lucrative business. There are times when people have made millions in a year's time just by knowing what to buy and when to sell it. This is the kind of thing that you are often confronted with when you are watching one of the many real estate marketing gurus on television. They are so excited to tell you about how they have made millions upon millions of dollars with their simple 'system.'

The fact of the matter is that they are telling you little that you should not already know when you are looking to invest. Commonsense should always reign supreme if you are planning on spending the kind of money that you need to get involved in the market. A person who goes in blind, without knowing some simple bits of information is at risk of losing it all. This is something that happens everyday.

However, a solid foundation of knowledge can be built that will help you better understand what you need to know about real estate. When you present yourself with this knowledge you will be ensuring that you are not making one of those rookie mistakes that could spell the end of your career in real estate as well as your credit rating. Below we are going to explore one facet of this knowledge, real estate prices. We hope that you will walk away with a better understanding of how real estate prices affect investing.


One of the keys here is time. Real estate prices are adjusted according to the market. This is a big deal to the investors out there. They know that when prices are down the buying should begin. This is the very basis of the entire process of investing. You should always buy low and sell high. This means that your buying should be limited to great deals when the market is high and it should shift into overdrive when the market is low.


Real estate prices are also affected by the circumstances of the seller. This is where a bit of advance knowledge comes into play. Knowing that a seller is at risk of foreclosure gives you an edge to better negotiate a price on the property that will bring you profit. This is where it pays to have contacts in the community. The more that you can know about the circumstances surrounding the sale the better off you will be when trying to get a lower price.

Condition and Location

Lastly you have the condition of the property as well as the location. These two key factors are vital for real estate prices. The condition of the property is the overall factor here when you are looking to flip or buy as a rental. The more rundown and out of shape the property is the better price you can get. The same is true of the location. The worse the location the better price but you have to be concerned about resale values in the area where it is located.