Finding Value In A Volatile Real Estate Investment Market
October 12, 2021 (Investorideas.com Newswire) The red-hot housing price surge is over and in its wake has come confusion. An analysis of the various factors built into the stocks, real estate, and bonds ecosystem resulted in no definitive answer from US News' financial experts, and many other news outlets are struggling to give a definitive answer on what constitutes good value in the current market and where money should be placed. At times like this, getting back to basics can be an important strategy in avoiding liability and growing a burgeoning stock portfolio.
The mortgage outlook
Buyers are still looking to make their mark on the real estate market. The home purchasing process has perhaps never been easier. Widespread digitization of the industry and the availability of tools such as the online mortgage calculator has given home buyers the opportunity to obtain property in a far quicker and easier way than ever before. As a result, homes are still being purchased despite other signs within the mortgage industry pointing away from growth - Business Insider notes that mortgage interest rates continue to rise, on average, nationally. There is an argument to be made, however, that continued rises are unlikely to be unsustainable, especially with inflation controls and the restriction of house prices.
Wider market malaise
Real estate investors are generally looking bearish despite the good news in the mortgage sectors. The market has seen a huge reduction in foreclosure - levels are down 70% in August 2019. According to MarketWatch, this has seen investors become reticent to invest due to the potential for a mini-correction; when foreclosures are back up to speed, there could be a significant drop in home ownership and a significant rise in foreclosure of properties experiencing delinquency. Indeed, mortgage delinquency is already up and this could be a well-founded fear for investors - or a promising trend for bear investors looking to get in on negative prices.
In September, NASDAQ highlighted the launch of new ETF products focused on real estate. This signals the full-time entry of digital currency into the real estate market, something which cryptocurrency had already started making headway in with Bitcoin property transactions and, in California, rental payments. This technology change is a long time coming for the industry and will present interesting new pathways for investors and homeowners to deploy their money and get involved in the market. It's worth noting that crypto and ETFs are also subject to wide-ranging controls and significant market volatility, and this might not be a time for new investors with a low risk tolerance. For those who do feel capable of getting involved, it's an important time to watch the market and consider looking for digital-linked opportunities.
Between fluctuating mortgage rates, price drops, the impact of foreclosure and digital disruption, the real estate market is a hard one for investors to figure out. It remains strong, however, and as long as people need shelter there will be a market. Keep your eyes open.
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