No real estate transaction is without risk, no matter what anyone may attempt to tell you. Some deals may be less risky than others, but buying and selling real estate always involves risks. How much are you risking in a transaction? For starters, your cash down payment and your credit are always at risk. Of course, certain levels of risk are acceptable, and this will vary for you according to your personal risk tolerance.
Types of Risks
Area risks are typically the greatest indicators of overall risk for any market, for they can influence individual property values. Our HomeSmart Report provides you with a comprehensive analysis of an area’s foreclosure risks, pricing fluctuation, excessive sales volume, and other area factors. This information will assist you in understanding how home values in the area are likely to change over the long term, due to market risk factors.
When assessing area risks, consider how long you intend to own the property. Many fluctuations appear over time, and short-term holdings can be less risky. However, be sure to consider the high costs associated with flipping a property quickly without any vested equity. Of course, your profit may be substantial enough to justify the expenses.
Put simply, the best way to minimize your risk is to have good information and remain well informed. Here at HomeSmart, our goal is to empower homebuyers and owners through education and information. We provide accurate, reliable data to assist you in assessing the risks and values associated with any property. Armed with this data, you can make a confident and sound decision about buying or selling a home.