When investing in U.S. real estate, knowing when to get in and when to get out of a market is crucial to success. I make a lot of different investments in U.S. real estate and I always look at emerging and “sexy” markets. When you can find a market that is emerging and “sexy,” that’s when the best opportunities happen.
But before we talk about buying, let’s make the distinction between these markets. An emerging market is a region or state that previously experienced a downturn in the economy, but is starting to see signs of economic growth.
4 Key indicators of an emerging market in U.S. Real Estate
“Sexy” markets are those enviable locations with hot climates and thriving metropolitan areas that everyone would like to live in. When you can get a market that is both sexy and emerging, that’s when you get the best investment. Florida and Phoenix fit both categories. Florida was hit hard by the housing crisis in 2008, but it was destined to turn around with innumerable beaches and beautiful locations available. Phoenix was also hit hard by the crisis, but it never reached the demand that Florida was known for. Now there are plenty of high tech and communications companies pouring into Phoenix, causing a surge in jobs and an uptick in the rest of the Phoenix economy.
Buyer and Seller U.S. Real Estate Markets
Supply and demand controls the U.S. real estate market, so I like to see markets as either a seller or buyer market. Seller markets mean inventory of houses is low and buyers are willing to pay more. Buyer markets mean that there is too much supply and sellers have to mark the home price down to make a sale. When days-on-market starts to increase, that means its a buyer market and you should probably find an exit strategy.
Most important to remember is that the real estate market is cyclical, so peaks and valleys will occur everywhere. A typical U.S. real estate cycle is approximately 20 years from peak to peak, so have patience when waiting to flip a property. When you decide to leave a market or need a new monetization strategy, you need to select the proper exit strategy.
U.S. Real Estate Exit Strategies
1. Flip: This means buying a property, doing some renovations and putting it back on the market. It can result in a more immediate return on investment, but can defy the point of investing in U.S. real estate, which is to get passive income.
2. Hold: This means renting out the property. It provides passive income, but you can be at the mercy of the rental market.
3. Refinancing: I love this option because there are so many options available, and you could refinance more than once.
Other options include making it a joint venture with another investor or turning your renters into owners. For updates on our programs, U.S. real estate news or advice from me, follow me on Twitter or “Like” my Facebook page.
Sam Kakembo, an Entrepeneur & Investor, plays a key role in management of the company portfolio of emerging markets. The majority of his investments are made in single family rental properties. He is responsible for property evaluation, marketing, acquisitions and in addition, asset managment of the Company’s property portfolio. Mr. Kakembo possesses 10 years’ experience in Canadian real estate, and currently manages a private real estate portfolio, Richland Investments and Property Management