Real Estate Speculation


Definition of "real estate speculation"

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Lewis Temple, Real Estate Agent Donna Kerr Group

What is real estate speculation?

The term real estate speculation may have a difficult definition, but explaining it may be easier. Think of the stock market, buying stocks when they are cheap and selling when the prices skyrocket. Real estate speculation is basically the meaning of applying stock market knowledge to real estate.

Real estate speculators make a calculated assumption in the market by buying when the prices are low and, when the market prices rise due to the development of the area, sell at a higher price. It is not an infallible system and there is no safety net. One who dives into real estate speculation must understand the real estate market and be fully aware of the opportunity to gain and also the possibility of losses.

The simplest definition of real estate speculation would be that it’s about buying a house when something in the market makes the prices drop, such as a recession in real estate and selling it when the price is higher. The tricky part is understanding and, maybe, influencing the factors that can impact the price in such a way that it ensures a profit. Renovating a property, or buying a house before a big development that would increase its attraction is finalized are some ways to go about it. 

The meaning of real estate speculation can be confused with real estate investor, but there is one big difference. The definition of speculation involves transactions that come with a considerable risk and it’s based on predictions. Investing means taking into account a general trend that would increase the value of a property.

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