As another fiscal year draws to a close, many investors are trying to decide whether they should hold on to their real estate properties or sell them for immediate profits. Some say the glory days of “flipping” are over, but we’re not so convinced that’s true. Read on for all the info you need to make an informed, right-for-your-situation decision.
Here are some of the most important stats and trends you need to know to make the right choice about your investment properties.
Existing Home Sales in Decline
The National Association of Realtors (NAR) compiles statistics on a monthly basis regarding new and existing home sales and trends in the real estate marketplace. Here are some of the most important stats from their August 2015 report.[i]
- 8% — percentage that existing home sales fell by month-over-month between July and August 2015. However, home prices were on the rise thanks to limited inventories and relatively low new home construction in the single-family residential marketplace.
- 2% — percentage that year-over-year home sales improved by as of August 2015.
- 7% — percentage of foreclosures and short sales that comprised the market in August 2015, holding steady from the previous month.
- 18% — percentage below market value that foreclosed homes sold for in August 2015.
- 12% — percentage of market value that short sales typically when sold.
- 12% — percentage of real estate investors that accounted for sales in August 2015.
- 60% — percentage of investors who paid cash.
- 7% — percentage of gain over the $228,700 median price for all existing housing in August 2015.
- 32% – percentage of first-time homebuyers.
Depending on your target audience and your expected return on investment, it may be worthwhile to research your local real estate market to determine the current value of your investment properties.
Rents Continue to Rise
On the other side of the equation, property owners and managers continue to enjoy high occupancy rates and increasing rental revenues in almost all areas of the country.
- A joint report by Axiometrics and MPF Research indicates that the single-family rental market may have finally reached a tipping point. After months of low vacancy rates and high rents, builders and property owners are seeing a slight rise in the number of vacant units. This is attributable in part to the increased construction of apartment complexes and rental units across the U.S.[ii]
- The 2015 Rental Market Report from Rent.com paints a rosier picture of the overall outlook for rental property owners in the current economic environment. Based on information from property managers across the country, this report indicates that high occupancy rates and demand for rental properties are driving current favorable conditions for real estate investors nationwide.[iii]
These statistics make a good case for holding on to high-performing rental properties in the current economy.
The financial experts at Fortune are predicting increases in average rental costs of 8 percent or more in 2016.[iv] This will constitute a real windfall for real estate investors who stay the course and rent their properties for ongoing profit. These rent increases are attributable to high demand and low inventories that are expected to continue throughout the upcoming year.
At Revestor, we specialize in giving real estate investors the tools they need to succeed. Whether you are investing and and/or flipping your first house or your thirty-first, we’re here to help you make the most of your investments no matter what the housing market has in store.