Many people have a negative opinion of real estate investors and blame them for driving up prices in the real estate market or causing bid wars that knock out regular home buyers from the competition. Just as anyone in any industry looking to make a profit, real estate investors are buying low now while the market is there and will sell high when the market is back up. They are not doing anything different than those that play the stock market.
There are many real estate investors still sitting and watching though. They want to make sure prices are going to go back up before putting their money in the game. Many think that 2010 will be the year of a turning point in the real estate market.
Then there are those real estate investors that are brave and diving right on in the pool of available housing and already reselling to make money. Making money in this market can be easy if you know what you’re doing. This is where experience comes in to play. How much work can you put into a property and still turn a profit comes from going down that road before. Will a coat of new paint be enough? Does the carpet need to be replaced or just cleaned? Making these decisions can make your profit higher or lower.
In some areas of the country, where prices have declined in the past 2 years, many real estate investors have moved on fearing the property won’t be worth enough in a few months. Or they may fear that a property will take too much improvement money to put back on the market.
So those with the experience and investment partners with deep pockets have the opportunity to make a good profit with fast and inexpensive fix ups. There is a science and a method to the process. While you can make money from the experience you can also lose if you aren’t cautious.