Is It Time to Sell or to Keep Buying Downtown Real Estate?
Ever wish you had a crystal ball for Downtown L.A. loft and condo home values? While many home buyers and sellers must follow their own personal needs when it comes to timing, those who are most profit-minded will attempt to buy low and sell high in order to maximize return on investment. Downtown has demonstrated itself to be a market timing barometer of sorts that can tell us when to buy and sell by comparing Downtown to the rest of the country.
During the 2008/2009 economic downturn, Downtown Los Angeles experienced a timing cycle that was different from the rest of the USA. Downtown L.A. continued to boom for almost another full year after U.S. real estate values in general began to stagnate and decline in price. In 2012, the national news was still reporting on the faltering and declining economy while Downtown Los Angeles was already beginning a huge, rapid boom. As the media was warning about a bleak future preceded by a coming wave of foreclosures (which never came) the boom in Downtown was already beginning. But most did not hear about the Downtown boom until much later because even the local news was reporting the national news on real estate. Even our own local newspaper, the Downtown News largely ignored Downtown’s real estate turn-around until the mainstream news began to give some positive information, again almost a year later.
While past results do not necessarily predict future results, what else is there to go by? Based on what we have seen before, if the U.S. is about to go into a recession or some kind of funk, Downtown is predisposed to keep booming for about 10 months. Then astute buyers and seller need to keep an eye on the actual real estate market in Downtown to see when to invest heavily in Downtown real estate. One thing is for sure, we cannot rely on the mainstream news to keep us informed on Downtown real estate trends.
If history repeats itself, which it usually does, Downtown property owners will have 10 months to consider selling at a high price before Downtown homes join the downward slide (which economists recently predicted to happen in 2018 or 2021 depending on whom you believe). By the same token, Downtown homeowners currently have an additional 10 months to load up on real estate while the U.S. continues to gain ground.
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