It’s always a good time to invest in real estate. That’s a broad statement and one you’ve likely heard from a real estate agent at one time or another but in fact there’s truth to that. There may not be millions of foreclosed properties in a bank’s inventoryinvesting in foreclosures anxious to get rid of them but there is always going to be someone who wants to sell below market and someone who wants to buy. Your job is to be the person in between and be consistent in your methods.

Different markets will also provide different opportunities. For example, take a look at some of the hardest hit markets during the housing debacle. Would it have been a good idea back in say 2008 to buy a piece of property when property values first began to decline? Probably not. But then again there are other markets besides the ones where housing bubbles are soon ready to burst. Investing in real estate means finding an ideal market then apply your evaluation model to see if in fact a property has potential.

When a market has experienced a significant price drop over an extended period then appears to be on the rebound, that market will very likely be flooded with novice real estate investors who bid against one another for the very same property. If the investor loses out, the next property pops on the radar screen and the bidding process begins all over again. The prolific buying and selling of real estate where initial profits are realized can soon fuel another real estate bubble and real estate “investors” can find they’re holding real estate they’d really rather not have.

Successful real estate investors don’t get caught up in bubbles. If they do, it’s likely they won’t be real estate investors for very long. Real estate investing for the long term means applying a proven process to a potential property and staying away from “hot” markets that will ultimately get cold once again.