Four Trends for Real Estate Investors to Watch

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Four Trends for Real Estate Investors to Watch

Updated: Aug 31, 2019

As a real estate investor, you should first and foremost rely on your principles for decision-making. However, part of the process is also to watch market movement for potential opportunities and trend-awareness.


At Madison Investing, our goal is to keep an eye on emerging trends and provide helpful information on how to act based on any new information.


The following are four topics being discussed on a national level and what the impact may or may not be for real estate investors.


Interest Rates Cut


You probably saw in the news that the Fed decided to cut interest rates for the first time since 2008. As an investor this may be significant, but for now it’s likely not going to change much for you.


The move was small enough that it’s not going to spur much new or additional activity in the market. Although in regard to movement, it’s a positive for an investor.


The other component to the rate cut to keep an eye on is whether the rate cut could point to other changes in the market on the horizon. David Pascale, senior vice president with George Smith Partners, a commercial real estate capital markets advisor says the news is something to watch.


“When the central bank cuts rates, it’s because they may be seeing dark clouds on the horizon or some slowdown coming that they’re getting prepared for.”


Stock Market Volatility


A look at the news from week-to-week is like a roller coaster ride, if you’re following the stock market. The trade disputes with China and what to make of it is causing major fluctuations from day to day.


Many stock market investors are being forced to wait and see how it will all play out, while many investors are starting to focus on a new game entirely.


According to MarketWatch, an increasing number of wealthy investors are looking toward real estate amid questions in the stock market. At Madison Investing, we are firm believers in diversification and doing it the right way. Real estate investing could be a great option if stock market questions are something you’d like to avoid.


Paycheck-to-Paycheck vs Building Wealth


Lately we’ve been hearing a lot of dialogue about Americans living paycheck-to-paycheck. This is certainly nothing new, but worth considering. As American culture continues to encourage spending - often beyond your means - are you living paycheck to paycheck?


Even if you have a big paycheck, you may still be spending it all. A good way to look at it is to make sure you are taking steps to build wealth. Even if it’s a small amount, part of income should be going toward the future. This article was a good recent read on red flags that you may not be building wealth and what to do about it.


Location Independence


When looking at trends, it’s best not to look at the short-term daily changes and ideas. The more powerful trends are gradual and have broad reach.


As technology continues to expand and make life faster and easier, one thing that has affected almost every industry is location independence.


Companies have remote teams, and are able to serve customers all over the world with online communication and connectivity.


Now, even real estate is experiencing a shift. Typically when you think of real estate, you are tied to your local market. Not any more. Many investors are now using data to invest in properties they’ve never even seen outside of their home state and collecting profits.


At Madison Investing, we serve investors all over the country and have access to a variety of markets. Don’t limit yourself to your local market, when technology makes the flow of information available to everyone.


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