Real Estate Investing
Connecticut Real estate has consistently proven to be a better long-term investment than the stock market. Over the past 10 years, the S&P 500 has lost value, while the average home price has appreciated, even when taking into account the recent housing crisis.
The current Connecticut real estate market, with record-low mortgage rates and bargain-basement prices, offers today’s investor incredible opportunities. Historically, after every bust there is a boom, and knowing where the opportunities lie in today’s market can help secure your financial future.
Americans have traditionally chosen to gamble on the stock market for additional income and retirement funds; however, real estate—especially today—can provide cash flow, more stability and better tax incentives than investing in stocks. In fact, when properly managed, leveraged equity in real estate can far outpace stock appreciation over time.
Today’s market conditions require in-depth understanding. We are Certified Investor Agent Specialists™ (CIAS) and have been educated and have the experience to help you meet your real estate investment goals.
In most cases, a real estate agent’s commission is covered by the property seller. So if you are considering purchasing an investment property, you can benefit from the specialized training and guidance of a CIAS-designated agent at no cost to you!
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How does residential real estate compare with stocks, bonds, and mutual funds in terms of return on investment? Real estate offers numerous benefits that stocks, bonds, and mutual funds do not, including cash flow, leverage and tax benefits such as depreciation and the 1031 exchange. When properly managed, leveraged equity in real estate can far outpace stock appreciation over time.
Isn’t real estate a more volatile market than stocks and bonds?
Real estate has proven to be far less volatile over time than the stock market. Over the past ten years, the S&P 500 has lost value while the average home price has appreciated, and this includes the housing crisis of the past couple of years. In 2008, during the recent crisis, the S&P 500 lost nearly 40 percent of its value, while during that same year median home prices dropped less than 10 percent.
I’ve heard that real estate isn’t a good investment anymore. Is that true?Headlines are often created to attract attention, and recent reports on the state of the housing market are no exception. It is true that home prices aren’t appreciating at the abnormal rates of the mid-2000s; however, residential real estate still provides numerous benefits and opportunities to investors. While countless speculators won and lost during the meteoric rise of housing prices in the mid-2000s, the savvy investor buys the right property for the right reasons, and doesn’t count on appreciation alone. Real estate offers cash flow, leverage, and tax benefits in addition to appreciation.
When is a good time to buy?
It’s always a good time to buy real estate, but that holds especially true today. Interest rates are at historic lows, and prices remain low in many areas. Many investors are buying at bargain basement prices and reaping the benefits of cash flow.
How do I find the right property?
Knowing what you want from a property is the first step. Finding the right investment property requires not only knowledge of the local market, but the ability to estimate the earning power of a property. Whether you intend to buy and hold a property for your retirement or rehabilitate and resell a property for quicker profit, the Certified Investor Agent Specialist is trained to find and close on the right property for your specific investment needs.
What if my property doesn’t appreciate?Many who own real estate today have similar concerns. Even if your property isn’t appreciating, you have other benefits, such as cash flow and tax benefits, to help make up for any lack of appreciation. Appreciation of any asset is never a sure thing, as the stock market the past 10 years has shown us. When you invest in real estate, you have more options of how to earn with your asset. If your stock depreciates, it simply depreciates.
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