Undervalued Markets and How to Determine Them – the Median Home Price to a particular location is important to know when making investing and buying decisions: However it is important to use the information correctly.
For example the typical lender will want you to apply only one third of your household income to your mortgage. If one third of the median income will easily pay for the mortgage of the median home’s value, then that market is said to be undervalued. The opposite holds true if indeed one third of median income will not pay for the mortgage of the median home price, this area is deemed to be an overvalued market.
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Investors do not want to purchase over valued property, so watch median incomes in the markets where you are looking to purchase investment properties. Your capitol growth and appreciation depends on finding strong markets and undervalued markets offer the best opportunity.
Market information is a moving target, so watch closely. You can read many reports that talk about the median home price going up or down, month over month (this has no real merit) this is too short of a time to gain any perspective whether the market is improving or not. Simply put, it shows that for a variety of reasons the value to the homes purchased over the past month was either higher or maybe lower than the month before. This can happen for many reasons. Maybe a different segment of buyers bought one month over another month. Maybe interest rate changes prompted a slightly different purchase price. There can be a number of factors that play into this. To understand whether a market location has an increasing or decreasing median home price you need a minimum of 3 to 6 months trend to see if indeed it is trending up or down or is it just short term market fluctuations.
When indeed a Median Home value is trending downward the market is becoming better suited for the investor. When it appears to hit bottom and stabilize for a duration of time it is a strong indicator that that market’s location is bottomed out. (Note: this one indicator alone is not sufficient evidence of a great time to buy) it does however give strong appeal to look further into the location and how that location is positioned for the investor to capitalize on it.
When a market is considered undervalued you will then need to see if the market has strong, diverse employment. When a market is undervalued and indeed also creating jobs, you are wonderfully positioned as an investor to ride a wave of upward moving values. As jobs are more and more plentiful, the supply of workers for these jobs diminishes. When this happens, salaries rise. When salaries rise, median incomes rise, when median incomes raise the properties values can now easily and safely raise as well. This lends to a longer sustainable growth period for the real estate (property investor) or homeowner.
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