Las Vegas Foreclosure: On The Rise And Ripe With Opportunity

By: Thomas Bladecki

Areas that experienced a boom during the recent inflation of real estate are not in jeopardy. As property values begin to get back down to where they should have been to begin with there are many homeowners that are facing foreclosure. Prices that were rising on a steady and fast pace, making investors a lot of money are beginning to level out and over inflation is a huge problem in just about every major metropolitan area. This has forced foreclosure rates to all-time record highs, and many of the new investors that attempted to get in on the "boom" are losing their properties to foreclosures. Not being able to sell the properties as quickly as expected the markets too a turn for the worst and they are caught right in the middle of it. Las Vegas was a prime example of where this happened to many investors, over the past couple years foreclosures have been rapidly increases each month.

When real estate markets make an abrupt and dramatic change, the result is an increase in the number of foreclosures. Even the "smart" investor can be effected if these changes are dramatic enough, no one is safe, especially when the markets make as large a change as in the past couple years. Buying real estate, even in a booming market, is not cheap however; the return on investment sometimes makes the risk worth it. The big question is, "What happens when the market values go stagnate, or decrease?" This is a receipt for disaster if the investor is new and not capitalized properly. Most investors advise that holding onto property until the market recovers is the best solution, or moving into the property to reduce costs is an option, however if the investors has multiple properties this can create a huge problem. If moving or cutting costs is not possible then you will end up in the same positions as many investors that bought in Las Vegas.

The Las Vegas foreclosure market is currently #1 in the country based on recent data from, RealtyTrac. While this is not surprising to some, this is reality to the hundreds of thousands of investors that bought property in Las Vegas.

Holding on to property are the market has reached its peak is not easy, a lot of properties in the Las Vegas foreclosure market are worth substantially less then what the current loans on them are for this creates a problem for the homeowners. Selling a property that is worth less then the current market value is not easy, especially when the market is flooded with properties that you can purchase at a bargain. Renting property is difficult too, with the rising foreclosure rate, homes are being rented out for less then the monthly mortgage payment, while this will reduce the costs of holding on to the property, and you still have to make up the difference each month. This is difficult for investors that do not have the money to pay the differences each month. Unfortunately, many investors are forced to add their properties to the rising Las Vegas foreclosure rate.

On the other hand, what is a misfortune for one investor is an opportunity to another. The Las Vegas foreclosure market is flooded with properties that have great potential to turn a profit in a couple years, once the market recovers. While this is the case in many cities, Las Vegas offers a great opportunity for new investors, or people looking for a chance to start over again.

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