Successful Real Estate Investing in a Boom or Bust Market: Understand the Economics of Real Estate, Identify Which Market You're In, Foolproof Your Profits and Minimize Risk

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Good real estate investors make money in every type of market, whether it is a normal, boom, or bust market – their techniques and strategies are just different for each market. Successful Real Estate Investing in a Boom or Bust Market begins by explaining the economics of real estate.  Real estate demand, sales prices, and sales volume are all affected by (and to some extent controlled by) interest rates, inflation, real estate cycles, and state and local economies (and tax laws, if changed).  For...

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Overview

Good real estate investors make money in every type of market, whether it is a normal, boom, or bust market – their techniques and strategies are just different for each market. Successful Real Estate Investing in a Boom or Bust Market begins by explaining the economics of real estate.  Real estate demand, sales prices, and sales volume are all affected by (and to some extent controlled by) interest rates, inflation, real estate cycles, and state and local economies (and tax laws, if changed).  For example, recall that when President Jimmy Carter left office interest rates had skyrocketed to 21.5%.  Conventional borrowing for real estate was virtually eliminated. Recall the failure of oil companies and the S & L collapse (triggered in part by the 1986 changes in tax laws affecting real estate) that destroyed the real estate markets in Texas and Oklahoma.  On the other side of the ledger, consider the recent boom markets in places like San Diego, San Francisco, Las Vegas, Phoenix, Orlando, and Naples.  

 

Successful Real Estate Investing in a Boom or Bust Market will also help the reader identify which market he or she is faced with and describe what the author calls the ""Equalization Effect.""  This means that each type of market will equalize in a very short period of time.  Every type of market brings advantages and disadvantages, and techniques to adjust to them.  For example, in 1980, when interest rates climbed to over 21 percent, the real estate market had to adjust, or ""equalize.""  If you were a seller, you had to either offer sellerfinancing at reasonable rates (say 10-12 percent) or you couldn't sell your property.  At conventional rates, buyers couldn't cash flow properties.  So all serious sellers offered financing and the market equalized.  Deals were still closed.  When interest rates are very low, as we've seen in the last few years (mortgage rates at 40 year lows), this huge buying advantage is adjusted, or equalized, by higher prices.  Mortgage payments come out fairly close in either scenario because the bust market gives low prices but high interest rates, while the boom market gives high prices but low interest rates. The remainder of the book will describe techniques to succeed in each specific market, and techniques that will help the reader succeed in ANY market.

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Over the years, real estate expert and author Larry Loftis has bought and sold millions of dollars worth of real estate investments, including foreclosures, lease options, tax liens and deeds, resort properties, and multi-family housing. A Florida attorney, he has published articles in scholarly legal journals such as the National Law Journal, the Florida Bar Journal, and law reviews of the University of Florida, University of Georgia, and Suffolk University. He has also written for Florida Banking and been quoted in, and published by, The Wall Street Journal. Loftis holds both his B.A. and J.D. degrees from the University of Florida.

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Table of Contents

Preface             The Real Estate market, much like many other markets, is cyclical.  If you hold on to property for any given number of years, you will likely experience all three of these markets at one time or another.  This book will provide the information you need to successfully invest your money in real estate in any and all market conditions.
 
Intro                  Economics of Real Estate (Real Estate Econ 101)
Described briefly in straight, to the point, plain English:
A.      Interest Rates
B.      Inflation
C.      RE Cycles (w/ charts)
 
Part I                 Identify Which Market You’re In
 
Ch 1                 Brief overview/descriptions of each
A.      Normal Market
B.      Boom (Seller’s Market)
C.      Bust (Buyer’s Market)
D.      Examples of different State and Local Economies (Down vs. Up)
Ch 2                 Trends to look for/What each “looks” like
 
Ch 3                 The“Equalization” Effect: How interest rates, prices, lending and demand all provide off-setting benefits in all markets 
 
Part II                Successful Real Estate Investing in ANY Market
Ch 4                 Universal practices that hold true in ANY market.
Finding deals, other advice, definitions/descriptions of different types of investing i.e. flipping, different types of properties, landlording, etc.
 Ch 5                 How to Profit in a Normal Market
 Ch 6                 How to Profit in a Boom Market (Seller’s)
 
Ch 7                 How to Profit in a Bust Market (Buyer’s)
 
Ch 8                 Comparing the three markets, the investors “options” and the risks involved
           
Ch 9                 How to Foolproof your Profits (and minimize risk)
 
Appendix          Investing Resources
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