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Reasons Why Real Estate Values Ebb And Flow

By Greg Pierce

“If you’re considering buying a real estate property, it pays to understand the workings of the industry so you would know when you should make your purchase. This will become more important if you are planning to become a real agent yourself.If you are planning to invest, then you need to know when the right timing is. This understanding will include your comprehension on some economic principles so that you can understand the dynamics in the values of real estate properties.

First and foremost, let us define some real estate terms that we are going to use. Value is the use or characteristic of a property to gratify a person’s desire or have control over other properties in exchange. There are three elements of value: scarcity, the rarer the property, the higher its price; utility, how the property is to be used; and demand, the more people in need of it, the higher the price.

The blend of factors of production to produce development is referred to as Cost. The cost may be proportional to the value or not depending on the factors behind. This is also dependent on the things done or repairs done to the property in the course of time. Price is the expression of a person’s desire for the property in terms of money. It may be higher, equal to, or lower than the value depending on the buyer’s information, whether he was coerced to do it, or depending on how much money he’s got.

Value is also guided by economic rules. The rule of highest and best use says the value of a property is directly proportional to its use. The most plausible use for the property produces this value. The highest value of a property may not be its current use.

Next is the rule of substitution. Generally, a corresponding replacement or option is given to every good or service. The highest value of a property is placed by the cost of attaining an equally attractive and precious alternative property, assuming that there was no costly setback in getting such property.

Then there’s the rule of conformity. This is the concept that a house will most likely increase in value if its size, condition, age, and style is the parallel to other houses in that neighborhood.

There is also what we call the rule of progression. This concept states that the value a house of a lesser quality will increase if the house is associated with other houses within the same neighborhood with higher quality.

Another rule is the rule of regression which states that the value of a property that has a higher quality situated near houses of lower quality will also depreciate parallel to the value of the houses in the said area.

The rule of increasing and diminishing returns is a concept in economics that states that if one factor of production (number of workers, for example) is increased while other factors (machines and workspace, for example) are held constant, the resulting increase in output will level-off after some time and then decline. Although the marginal productivity of the workforce decreases as output increases, diminishing returns do not mean negative returns until (in this example) the number of workers exceeds the available machines or workspace. In everyday experience, this law is expressed as “”the gain is not worth the pain.

If you want a deeper understanding of how the industry works, enroll in a real estate seller agent and buyer agent basic course and be among the best realtors. But if you just want to buy a house without a realtor or with one, it would pay to know what these professionals know so when it’s your time to shine in the world of real estate as an investor, you’ll be ready for it.

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Pierce, Greg "Reasons Why Real Estate Values Ebb And Flow." Reasons Why Real Estate Values Ebb And Flow. 7 Aug. 2010. 18 May 2016 <>.

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