Short Sales: A Guide to the Las Vegas Real Estate Market

By: Thomas Bladecki

Many new investors thrilled by the novel idea of making money by buying and selling real estate, are persuaded by short sales or sometimes called "foreclosures". Short sales are the real estate equivalent of repossession auctions.

Occasionally, homeowners are forced to sell their property for less than the mortgage they own on it. This is what a short sale is.

The main consequence of a short sale, for the property owner in particular, is that the bank sets the final guide price and the terms of sale.

Banks and other mortgage suppliers dislike short-selling so it can take a long time for them to approve any offer made on a short sale property. This usually amounts to a wait of up to six weeks for the mortgage-provider's approval.

During this period, in the current market, mortgages will have changed. Interest rates will have risen and it is possible that you will be unable to buy the property that you bid on six weeks previously.

Obviously, for any sort of speculator, time is money. Even for buyers interested in personal property as a home, this is a lot of time on such a risky deal.

Fortunately, there are other strategies available to investors that allow for changes in the market.

Investing in a buoyant market such as the one in Las Vegas now, is sure to build a very positive portfolio in the years to come. There is no harm in buying property for a high price if you are confident that the value of that real estate will grow. A true investor understands this and so will usually avoid the temptingly low prices of short sale real estate.

In fact, Las Vegas provides decent profits for any sensible real estate investor for reasons pertaining to the current market. Constant developments and new employment opportunities make it a reliable market.

You are likely to find many examples of short sale properties in Las Vegas because to the current market conditions. There are a lot of people that paid too much for his or her property originally; or who has altered the real property state in a way that was damaging to its value.

The key point to take away from this article is while short sales are risky, the can be very profitable if you have patience in the market. The key is to find a buoyant real estate market like the one that exists in Las Vegas. Sensible investments in a good market will repay you with a nice profit margin. Equally, people buying real estate as a permanent home may want to ensure that they don't waste their family's time on short sales or markets that will lose them money.

I hope this has helped you in your efforts to make money from real estate.

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