3 Key Factors That Drive The Real Estate Market

Before you start looking into specific real estate investments, you must understand some key factors that might affect your decision.  So, we think it would be a great idea to give you a quick reminder before starting your search. 

The Economy
The real estate market is closely linked with the economic cycle. Even if the property is sound, your investment (at least on a mark-to-market basis) might be dragged by economic factors. During the economic downturn, there tend to be some negative effects, such as the unemployment rate rises, and consumption level decreases. These combined might cause risks to your investment.

Government Policies
Government policies affect the economy and influence (both local and foreign) investors’ sentiment. During political instability, people might delay their purchases or sales to wait for the certainty of the directions and the policy implications. Tax credits, deductions, and subsidies are some of the ways that policy may affect your investment.

Supply and demand
Population demographics affect how real estate is priced and what type of properties are in demand. Additionally, social and cultural aspects might affect different markets in certain areas. Being aware of these trends can help you to think about your investment strategy.

All these factors are intertwined and it’s all about timing. Understanding the connection can help you to conduct a better evaluation of potential investments. If you are uncertain about what you want, speak to real estate experts! They can deliver the knowledge and insights you need to fast track your search. 

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4 Things You Should Let Your Agent/Broker Know

Many real estate investors don’t know what they want and aren’t able to articulate their needs with the agent/broker. The key here is forming a trust so that your agent/broker is clear on your needs & preferences. Make sure you have the systems in mind before engaging with an agent/broker, too.

  1. What is your expectation? Start with managing each other’s expectations to avoid wasting time and effort. If you have a maximum amount you want to spend, or will not consider a certain area, or you have a definite timeline, you should articulate clearly.
  2. What are your past or current property investments? You can tell a lot through evaluating your past and existing real estate investments. It can give your agent/broker a better understanding of your investment appetite.
  3. What is the purpose of the purchase? Are you planning to move into the property? Is it strictly an investment? Is it for your future children when they move there for school? This would affect a lot on what types of properties your agent/broker would suggest.
  4. How long are you planning to keep the property until you sell? Similar to the previous point, the expected investment holding period affects the strategy of property investment.

If you are clear on these details at the initial stage, you are more likely to find the property of your dreams without wasting your precious time and effort.

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