Showing posts with label creating value in real estate. Show all posts
Showing posts with label creating value in real estate. Show all posts

High Priced or Low Priced: Which one should I go for?

Many often, we come across this dilemma when we wish to make an investment, not only in Real Estate, but even while investing in Equities and Bonds. Let us try to decipher this confusion.

Define a Time Horizon

The first thing you should do is to decide is the time window you are looking at while making the investment. The decision of high/low valued assets will follow your time horizon. We typically define the windows as follows:

1-5 years: Short-term Investment
5+ years: Long-term Investment

Everything has a Limited Upside

This is one fact that you should imbibe in your thoughts if you want to be a successful investor in any asset class, real estate included. You cannot count indefinitely on the increasing prices and trust that they will keep on increasing forever. There will be a stage when the price movement will virtually halt and the growth rate will shrink manifolds.

The Decision!

Once you have decided your time frame and imbibed our above advice in your wits, it’s time to take the decision. Check the analysis done below:

Here we are taking an assumption that the upside for High Priced property is 10 years & for low priced, it is 7 years. This is justified because generally the high priced property is more sustainable as compared to the low priced property.

Initial Investment
Initial / Long Term Growth Rate (%)
Short Term (1-5 years)
Short Term Returns
Long Term (5+ years)
Long Term Returns
Low Priced
$ 100,000
13 / 8
$ 163,047
$ 190,178
High Priced
$ 1,000,000
8 / 8
$ 1,360,489
$ 1,999,005

As is apparent from the above analysis, the Low Priced Property yields more returns in short term and comparatively lesser returns in the long term as compared to the High Priced Property.

With this illustration, this discussion comes to a conclusion:

Low Priced  :
Short Term
High Priced :
Long Term

Disclaimer: The above analysis holds good for most of the cases, but not all. Hence it is advisable to take an informed decision before making any investment.

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Real Estate Valuation: How to increase value of your Property?

This is in continuation to our real estate valuation discussions in our last posts:

Everyone, including you & us, is looking to make money in real estate & increase valuation of assets. Today let’s discuss how you can increase your assets’ worth manifolds, just by a small manipulation.

Recipe to Increase Asset Value

This might look like an unorthodox and risky approach to some of our readers, but it works.

‘You find an uninhabited area in the city, almost barren land, where no one would want to reside. Increase the worth of the area and exit gracefully.’

To explain in detail, let’s consider the following real case study:

Following is the satellite snapshot of an uninhabited area in Udaipur, Rajasthan (India).

Satellite snapshot of Chitrakoot Nagar, Udaipur

Surely no one would prefer to build a house in this part of the city. But now let RealT Horizon guide you on how to create value in this region.

If you look carefully, you will see some upcoming development in the nearby region (as shown below).

Potential & developing areas marked in red

As the area is uninhabited, most likely you will find the land in the potential marked area in the above snapshot at very nominal price. Now as an investor you have following choices:

  • If you go for this option, you will help others and make losses yourself.
  • You will purchase the plot and struggle to receive the returns which this property is capable of providing.

  • You will create a handsome chunk of fortune for yourself by this decision.
  • Suppose you have bought 3 plots here. Construct a building on one plot and sell it at par with your costs.
  • Once one building has been constructed in the area, the prices shoot up for the remaining plots.
  • Now you can make a good fortune on your remaining 2 plots.

  • You miss out on a golden opportunity in this area.

The reason why this area will develop in due course of time is because there is a developing area in the vicinity.

So in this manner, you have created money out of a barren land, just by streamlining your investment decisions.

Disclaimer: The above analysis is based on our understanding and experience. What happens in future will totally depend on your due-diligence about the area in the picture!

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Can Value in Real Estate be created, artificially?

In our last post – “Valuation of Real Estate: How can you value your RealT?” we touched upon the parameters one should look for while valuing a Real Estate property. Today let’s discuss if it’s possible to create the value artificially?

Creating Value – What it means?

Creating value in its generic terms means – artificially manipulating the price of an asset.

Take for example:

  •  “Black Tickets”: You went to watch your favorite movie, say Iron Man, in the nearby theatre. Due to unavailability of seats, you are denied the tickets. But then an agent comes to you, offering tickets for the movie at a premium of 25%: He has created the value artificially.
  • Polished Antique”: You found an antique while roaming in the fields. It resembles nothing, but a broken stone. You go to market to sell it & you will not even receive peanuts in its exchange. But the moment you have polished it and packaged it nicely, you will get jaw-dropping quotes for the same piece. Here you have created the value artificially.

So to put in very nominal terms, creating value is nothing but adding & utilizing factors that affect the ultimate value of the asset.

Artificial Value in Real Estate

In our last post we mentioned the parameters that affect the value of Real Estate:

Now if one wants to create value artificially, he will definitely have to manipulate the above factors for the same. Let’s see how:

How to Manipulate?

  • Play with the buyer’s psychology. If the buyer is interested in making money out of this property, show him the channels. Project your property as a great prospect deal for a Hotel or Hostel.
  • If he is just looking for a comfortable stay, show him the prospects of luxurious property.
  • Once you have convinced the buyer on this, you have created the value!
Demand & Supply

  • These are the parameters which builders manipulate the most.
  • Demand is manipulated by quoting unreasonably high pieces. By doing so, builder creates an impression of high prices in the region.
  • Moreover builders posts high bids for their properties on the internet, impersonating themselves as buyers to create artificial demand.
  • Supply is manipulated by incorrectly projecting the number of units remaining in a project.

  • Manipulation in this aspect depends on the network you have. If you have a well-established network of brokers and agents, you can ease out the transaction and hence create value in the deal.

  • This is as simple as “polishing the antique”. You polish, renovate and beautify your property and charge as much as 25% more on an investment of 10%!!

Closing Remarks: Listed above are some of the ways in which a person can create the value in Real Estate, artificially. But it’s better not to underestimate the cognizance of buyer! ;-)

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