Buying a new home may be the single biggest financial investment you will ever make. And as with any investment, you’ll want to make a wise decision. If you rush in blindly when buying a home, you may end up paying too much and seeing very little return on your investment when you decide to sell sometime in the future.
The location of the property that you are planning to buy is also relevant in determining whether your investment is sound. What are the market conditions in the community where you are looking to purchase a home? Do homes hold their value over time? If you do decide to sell, will there be buyers looking to move into the community in the future? Perhaps the market is considered “hot” right now, but will it be later?
To help answer these questions, track trends, and follow the evolution of the real estate market in your area, there is no better step you can take than to partner with a knowledgeable real estate agent. Agents are experts in the arena of market conditions, and their experience in the communities in which they specialize can help them see the trends that have developed over time. They also have tools at their disposal for tracking recent area home sales, the number of properties on the market in a given location, how long homes are sitting on the market before sale, and whether market values in the area are moving up or down.
If you’re going to buy a home, you’ll have the most success and get the most bang for your buck in a buyer’s market. A buyer’s market exists when there are more homes available on the market than there are buyers who are interested in purchasing them. Because of the competition among sellers to make a sale, home prices are often favorable and sellers are generally more likely to negotiate, waive contingencies, and make other concessions in order to ensure a sale. More inventory on the market also means a wider array of homes to choose from, increasing the chances for a buyer to find that “dream home” with plenty of desired features and updates.
Conversely, a seller’s market occurs when there are many buyers competing for a smaller number of homes on the market. In this case, the seller often has the upper hand in terms of negotiation and the absence of abundant competition can even lead to a bidding war among prospective buyers – landing the seller in a good position to make more money on the sale.
Market conditions can be affected by many factors, including the general economy and the gain or loss of a major employer in the area. The market can also be affected by new home construction, changes within a community that affect schools and infrastructure, and even natural disaster.
A savvy agent will know his or her way around the market and will be able to guide you about whether it is a good time to make a purchase. Sometimes a wait of even a few months can result in better conditions to make a good home investment, so your agent’s advice can be indispensable.
If you’re starting to think about buying a new home, contact your real estate agent now to get a feel for the market in your target area. A little research up front can result in a sound investment for your future.
Why Use AMPI?
AMPI is the national association of real estate professionals that have, since 1956, gathered under laws and codes of ethics and conduct to create a reliable, trustworthy an efficient real estate environment in Mexico.
AMPI consists of separate autonomous sections all throughout the nation, as well as more than 4,000 associates and affiliates.
Each section is independent and has its own board of directors, only surpassed by a national board of directors comprised of twenty associates from all over the republic.
Developed over the years with the input and knowledge of its members, AMPI is much more than just a collection of offices.
AMPI has been a solid and recognized institution in Mexico for the past 27 years. It was originally established in 1956 and was consolidated in 1980.
AMPI is currently represented in all the principle cities and regions of Mexico stretching from Tijuana to Cancun.
The Riviera Nayarita, Vallarta and Compostela chapters of AMPI are dedicated to promote the best practices in real estate by providing its members with education to reinforce the standards of ethics that give our industry the credibility which our clients deserve.
AMPI is committed to giving our membership access to a multiple listing service that forms the platform from which our industry can expand locally and into other markets while giving our members precise and up to date information that is vital to continuous improvement and growth.