Real Estate Investing in a Presidential Election Year
A lot of investors are looking at either entering the real estate market or leaving the real estate market, not because of COVID, not because of the riots, not because of the other horrible things that have happened in the year 2020, but because a presidential election is coming.
Many people are saying that they want to enter the market because they think that when Trump leaves office there will be a massive fall off in stocks and real estate and they want to be ready to take advantage of the scenario. However, some people say that they want to enter the market because when Trump leaves they believe that the markets will start going up because there will be a more stable leadership in place and bring outside investors back into the U.S. on a more aggressive scale.
Invest Now Or Invest Later?
Notice above, when I said that people were planning on getting out of the market, they also planned on getting back in, and while the people who were not currently in the market were planning investing now anyways. To me this then becomes an argument if you should invest now or invest later? If you look at the maxims of investing great Warren Buffet, then you might have heard of a topic called dollar cost averaging. In a really simplified version, its consistently investing over the long term. Doing so will normalize your returns over time and you will be wealthier than you are today.
In my opinion, a good real estate investment is a good real estate investment no matter what the time is. Real estate investors tend to not make their money in the short term based on the day to day values of their properties, they make their money on the day to day values of their rents more so, and tend to make the remainder of their profits from the appreciation of a property over time as well. Historically, rents tend to stay pretty stable and in times like these people tend to move back into rentals, especially in “lower income areas” and that is even better for the real estate investor.
What If I Get In Too Early?
If you get in too early, I personally don’t believe that we will see large scale losses in the real estate markets in non-primary markets and therefore you may take some losses on property value in the short term, however, in the long term I think it will be only a minor set back based on some of the research that is coming out now. Most real estate investments aren’t purchased as short term investments and therefore should be good for investors to get into the market.
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