How does one protect him or herself from the effect of such an anfractous economic market? By sticking to the basics. Buy for one and Sell for two. Don't stay on the sidelines....like the Lottery motto, "You gotta be in it, to win it!". I talked to one of the manager's in the U.S. Postal system. She told me something that real got me thinking. She said that every 1 cent increase in gas prices equated to about 500 million in Postal Service operational overhead. Granted, this conversation took place during the height of our recent inflated gas price ordeal. But think of it...if that's the case for the Postal Service, then what will be the effect of recent lowered gas prices on the overall national economy? It has to be monumental! I started a thread in BiggerPockets a while back on the gas prices issue and was amazed at some of the posts I received. It was a real eye opener.
Here's a few facts that might make the astute investor consider the possibility of real estate as a viable alternative to the current market instability.
- Current mortgage rates are at a 30 year low. Money for qualified buyers is cheaper than it's been in 30 years.
- Existing real estate to include new construction is on the average 22% less than true values and many sellers are more than negotiable.
- The decreasing cost of gasoline is equivalent to approximate 300 billion dollars worth of economic stimulus.
The past economic melt-down was signaled by distinctive signs. Even so the U.S. market has began it's natural process of cicatrization. My suggestion is strike while the iron is hot and leave the hackneyed excuses to the faint at heart. I think it was Warren Buffet who said that he reacts with caution when others are greedy and forges forward courageously when the multitude cringes in fear. It's good advice! The time to act is Now! Don't wait too late!