Depreciation: Causes of the Fall?

What Can Make Real Estate Depreciate?

Depreciation is a decrease in the value of an asset overtime. When doing your due diligence research before making an investment in real estate, be sure to look around and consider those lurking circumstances that might decrease a property’s value.  

Although location affects the value of property most because real estate is by its nature real and tangible, supply is also a critical factor in how real estate is valued.

Supply

Overabundance means there is more of an item or resource than is needed or can be afforded by buyers, so it’s value goes down because no one buys it at the current price. The value will continue to go down until it reaches a point where buyers decide it is worth the price to store, use, and maintain the asset until the value goes up again. One example of this is the overabundance of condos that were launched in Miami right as demand fell because of a shortage of foreign buyers that was reported in the wsj article, “In Miami, There Are too Many Condos and Not Enough Foreign Buyers,” by Candace Taylor.

Location

New businesses and a new reputation may also impact the value of properties. For example a related article in the wsj reported recently that visitors to Miami’s South Beach has doubled in 10 years. The article “Wealthy Buyers Say So Long to South Beach,” by Candace Taylor, points out that the construction of new hotels on Miami Beach has made it a hot spot for spring breakers and the masses of students who come to party but not to buy has caused traffic congestion, litter, loud parties, and more danger in the neighborhood. As a result, the properties are not so attractive to wealthier buyers and the prices of upscale condo sales have tumbled in the first quarter of 2019.

Other natural changes near a property can affect its value. Some obvious ones are wildfires, sink holes, and earth quakes. Another is global warming. One reason Miami beach prices are falling according the same wsj article by Taylor is because of fears that sea levels will rise. Homes and condos at lower elevations have lost some value because of these fears.

Neglect and Lack of Maintenance

Abandoned homes tend to lose value because they are not lived in or cared for. They slowly fall into disrepair.

Global Investors

The value of houses can also go down because of events that affect buyers from other parts of the world.  The wsj article mentioned previously explains that severe economic and civil disruption caused by socialist and totalitarian regimes in countries like Venezuela, Argentina, and Brazil can affect the ability of their once-wealthy citizens to purchase property abroad as the value of their currency falls compared to the dollar.

In the commercial real estate arena, as Jeff Levin pointed out in the Forbes Community Voice, trade wars between the United States and China has reduced funding for new building projects because China is decreasing its investments in U.S. commercial real estate and selling its assets, which brings down prices.

Competition for inexpensive properties to invest in and improve or to rent out for income is usually pretty stiff. As a broker and a direct lender, it is my job to help you get a hard money loan easily and quickly. Private Lenders, not banks, are willing to help you fund your project based on the value of the property and its after renovation value. We have money to lend and you need money quickly. A perfect fit is out there.

Give me a call or send an e-mail to the contacts below.

Patrick StCin, 512-213-2271

e-mail: patrick@REICapital.cash

Appreciation: Causes of the Rise?

What Can Make Real Estate Appreciate?

Appreciation is an increase in the value of an asset overtime. Depreciation is the opposite, a decrease in the value of the asset overtime. When doing your due diligence research before making an investment in real estate, be sure to look around and consider those circumstances that increase a property’s value. Tomorrow, we will talk about those circumstances that might cause a property to depreciate. 

Engraved in every real estate investor’s memory is the fact that location affects the value of the property most because real estate is by its nature real and tangible, a building, land, flora, fauna, and natural resources.

Using our imaginations and our memory, let’s review several things that can increase the value of an asset

Supply

Scarcity means there is a limited amount of some item or resource, so it becomes harder to find and worth more when you do find it due to competition for the limited resource. One example of a shortage creating a rise in value is the situation with single-family starter homes in the United States and the world. Although lower in price, single-family starter homes have become more valuable because there are not enough of them.   

Location

Some changes in a vicinity that increase home values may not be due to a physical change nearby, for example the employment rate goes up, the local economy improves, and/or the crime rates go down. These changes may be due to a new business coming in, but also may be due to regulatory changes that lower taxes or technological changes that allow people to work at home.

A physical change near the property can affect its value. Sometimes the value of a house goes up because of something that moves into the neighborhood or nearby, for example a water park or amenity that brings tourism or a research facility or fulfillment center that brings jobs and workers. Sometimes something that was there all along is discovered or becomes more appreciated than it was before, for example mountains and foothills with a view or the solace of desert spaces. Sometimes, a land use regulation may change causing a mini land rush.

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Development

Development causes appreciation of houses. Let’s say that you buy bare land on the edge of a community and build on it. The value of the property will appreciate at least the value of the house.  If you buy in what is already known as the best district, you will most likely pay a premium price for that reputation and it will not go up over time because it is at the top already. If you buy in a place with a poorer reputation, such as a school district, and better management, government programs, or community involvement begins to improve the school district’s reputation, the homes in the area will likely appreciate.

Additions or Updates

Additions, enlargements, or updates of a home itself will appreciate its value depending on what is added and the quality of the materials and workmanship. These additions to quality might include finishing the basement, adding a screened-in porch, updating the bathroom or kitchen.

Global Investors

The value of houses can also go up because of things that happen in another part of the world that affects buyers or sellers.  Economic disruption or lack of opportunity in one country can cause people to invest in another country and move there, increasing the value of the property in that area. Wars and trade wars can also affect property value in a global economy. The wsj explains in a recent article that after housing prices fell in the United States, Latin Americans bought up luxury homes and condos in Miami.

Tomorrow, we will talk about what circumstances might make a property depreciate.

Competition for inexpensive properties to invest in and improve is usually pretty stiff. As a broker and a direct lender, it is my job to help you get a hard money loan easily and quickly. Private Lenders, not banks, are willing to help you fund your project based on the value of the property and its after renovation value. We have money to lend and you need money quickly. A perfect fit is out there.

Give me a call or send an e-mail to the contacts below.

Patrick StCin, 512-213-2271

e-mail: patrick@REICapital.cash