Saturday, January 30, 2010

Timing the Market - Letter to the Editor

A good letter from yesterday's AFR:

"The latest APM report clearly shows that house prices are rising mainly because of resurgent interest in high-end properties; but many people will sadly delude themselves that this is a sure sign of capital growth in their own, low to mid-end houses or investment properties. They should understand that the property markets do not all move in the same way at the same time.

By selling and trading up to a more prestigious area now, there is the real risk of "buying into the rise" and paying a premium to do so. Time in the market , or timing the market? The time to buy into high-end property was when no one could service the debt or sell it - during the middle of the financial crisis. It is very difficult to do well in an asset class when everyone else is interested in it."
Chris Embery, South Australia.

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