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Ep. #42 - Are You Late To The Party?

Ep. #42 - Are You Late To The Party?
Ep. #42 - Are You Late To The Party?

People have been getting rich on Real Estate for decades - really going back hundreds and even thousands of years (before the current crop of humans on this planet even existed). But the economic crash of 2008 / 2009 might just have created the best Real Estate buying opportunity of our lifetimes.

Now as humans we tend to suffer from "recency bias" - thinking that what we've experienced is the best (or worst) that anyone in history has ever dealt with. True or not - in this episode of the [... and Landlord!] Rental Real Estate Investing Podcast, I'm asking the question - "Are You Late To The Party?"

"The Party" I'm speaking of is the situation that followed the "Great Recession" of 2008 / 2009, where a year or few later (sometime between 2010 to 2012) - in many (if not most) locations in the country, it was possible to buy Real Estate for LESS than its replacement cost. In other words, you could often buy a property for less than it would (or did) cost to build that same property new. That's a situation (a party) that doesn't happen every day.

So in this [... and Landlord!] Podcast episode, I mention my envy of those who were able to jump on those deals right at the start of the party (around 2010 to 2012). And I lament the past a bit (something I try NOT to do), in that I didn't get to the party until 2015 - but still in time to grab some amazing deals that are paying off big-time for me today. And I start the episode by asking (singing in fact) "is the party over?"

If you're just seeking to get started in Rental Real Estate Investing here in 2020 - are you 5 to 10 years late to the party? Is the party over? In fact, did the party end in 2019?

So just this past weekend, I submitted an offer on behalf of one of my Investor clients (acting as their Realtor). And even though we were several thousand over the listed price on a distressed Townhouse in Raleigh (NC) - the seller went with another offer. I'm told by the listed agent that there were over 70 showings in only 4 days and at least 20 offers submitted (including mine on behalf of my client).

So you can see from this one anecdotal example, that Real Estate is HOT right now, and competition for even highly distressed properties is high. From 2015 to 2018, I bought several properties just like this one - after they had sat on market for months in many cases. Now they go in days and for tens of thousands more than back then. So if "the party" is getting an amazing deal on a property - its not far off to ask "are you late to the party" or even "is the party over?"

Listen to this episode of the... and Landlord Podcast to hear my answer to these questions... And It's NOT "YES!" - What is over, is "Armature Hour". You're going to need more than the MLS or Zillow to find deals in 2020.

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