Simply put, a slow property market is when houses aren’t selling as fast or as much as they should be. This tends to happen during a recession however it can also be localised to a particular area. For instance, you might find the property market slows if there is an issue with the main industry of the area. If the main source of income is impacted, people aren’t going to want to buy, and thus homeowners aren’t going to be able to sell, resulting in a slow property market.
This can be difficult for homeowners and investors, but particularly investors. Why is this? When you invest in property, you are taking on an extra home. Every month or even week that you can’t sell that property is costing you money in tax and bills as well as lost profits. So, how should you handle a slow property market?
You can wait it out if you can afford the losses. The property market is like anything else. What goes up must come down and vice versa. You can take comfort in knowing that eventually, it is going to bounce back. How long it will take is debatable. It could be months, weeks or indeed even a year. It depends on what caused the slowdown, but recovery always happens eventually. So, if you’re patient, you can still sell your property at the price that you hoped for. But how much will you lose in the process and will it be worth it?
If you are planning on waiting it out, it’s still advisable that you take the property off the market, rather than leaving it hanging. A property on sale for too long generates negative perceptions.
Change the game
Of course, rather than selling you could always choose to switch your route to profit and instead rent the home out. Bear in mind that this will mean extra work and you will also need to gain approval to rent out the home to tenants. However, if the property market is slow, then this can at least allow you to still make a profit and ensure that the home is not left empty for months.
Sell it off, cut your losses
Alternatively, you could think about selling off the property fast and cutting your losses. Companies like The Texas House Buyer are always eager to buy property, no matter how slow the market may be. By using a service like this, you can either break even or maybe even make a decent enough profit and not have to worry about a place that isn’t selling.
Slash the price
Or finally, you could just cut the asking price of the property right down. If you do this, no matter how slow the market is there will always be people eager to grab a great property at a great price.
As you can see then, there are a number of ways to deal with a slow down on the property market as an investor.