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Protecting yourself Against Future Downturns in your Local Market
Protecting yourself Against Future Downturns in your Local Market While news of the housing crash is making headlines in most papers and front lining the evening news there still remain a few markets where the crash has not made as much headway. If you live in one of these markets and you have not yet been affected by the real estate market crash, be aware that you may not have as much time to respond as you think when the market in your area begins to slide downward.
This is because a market can practically spin on a dime and go from being quite healthy to being practically dead. As a result, you could find yourself holding a property that you are unable to sell. If this is an investment property, this could be quite serious; however, even if it is your own personal residence, it could still cause problems if you need to sell for a profit for some reason. This is why it is imperative to make sure that you protect yourself now so that you will have options available to you in the event the market does begin to crash in your area.
The first step that should be taken to protect yourself and your investment is to change from an interest-only loan or adjustable rate mortgage to a fixed rate mortgage. A fixed rate mortgage will provide you with the opportunity to tap into lower, more secure rates. In the event that rates continue to rise and do so sharply, this can provide you with some peace of mind.
In addition, you need to take steps to ensure that you will be able to afford to remain in your primary residence. In the event that you do not foresee a move in the near future, there should not be any real concern regarding whether the value of your home goes up or down right now. If you plan to be in the home for some time, it is important to recognize that it is really more than just an investment. In addition, it is quite likely that the market will stabilize eventually and the value of your home will stabilize as well. However, if you find it difficult to make your housing payments every month or you think you may need to relocate soon, then you should consider selling the property and moving now before the market in your area slips any further.
Furthermore, you need to ensure that your savings are safe. It is important to recognize that financial institutions do typically invest quite heavily in real estate. If the housing crash continues in the same vein, your investments could be at risk. Savings and loans and banks are the most at risk. To ensure that your investments are safe, it is a good idea to obtain an analysis rating of your bank or S&L. In addition, it is important to focus on current and future investments. During this time conservative investments are likely to be the smartest investments to make. These investments include Treasury bills and CDs as well as foreign currencies which are strong.
Taking steps now to protect your investments and protect yourself against future possible downturns in the real estate market in your local area will help to guard you against possible risk.
About the Author:
Heather Seitz is a national real estate investor, trainer and publisher and has worked with top advisors worldwide. To get current and accurate real estate investment tips and advice, visit www.RealEstateRant.net and find out how you can get $852.90 in FREE real estate investing information delivered to your front door.
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