As the markets are doing their usual mood swings, and everyone starts fretting and wringing their hands, they need to consider this: the markets are always bouncung around.
Warren Buffett makes his money on the panic of other people, buying up businesses, etcc. based on the panic of the general population. He makes his money on the spread between what he buys for, and what he sells at. His investments are carefully calculated, such that expenditures are made to buy a company up at a price that selling it later will create a calculated profit.
Our real estate and mortgage markets are currently in a buy phase. with depressed pricing in every area of the country, if you can, it is smart to buy with the low prices, and then hold these investments while the market prepares for another climb up the profitability ladder.
here is where it gets interesting. You will need to have creditworthiness, or cash to do so. if you aren't there, don't fret. Instead, do something to affect your ability to participate in this area. By getting in at historic low prices, and having the ability to "hold" the proerpty, by leasing it out, with an option to have the tenants purchase the proerpty, you gain two income streams: the rerntal income, and the pruchase income.
what we aorry about is that unemployment may go up. If it does there are poeple who will need a home to live in. What about displaced homeowners, who got sucked into the bad mortgage pool? they'll need a roof over their heads, too.
The news is neither good nor bad. it is what it is, no matter how the press tries to taint the truth. Panci is not the solution to the problem. the answer is in a clear and reasonable solution to the problem, which is carefully loking at the profit to be made on the real estate "Srpead" and capitalizing on this. the market may be moving slower than a few years back, but it is still moving.
As a realtor, I do have to work a bit more to put deals together. Still, it is possible to do good deals, and make things happen. Putting my head in the sand producess an out-of-work broker, and that isn't in my blood. i just have to adapt my work-style to what is currently happening, and adjust the techniqwues i use to complete transactions.
That is what makes it fun, the challenges overcome are the real mark of success, anyway. It makes the easier times even better.