With the current economy downturn profit can be garnered by purchasing real estate while property values are lowered. In a sense, homes, commercial space and land are one of the few investments that one can be guaranteed will not remain diminished in value long term. The reality is there is only so much land to purchase. If you buy some now, someone will have to buy it from you in the future.
When attending open houses, ask a contractor who has experience in renovating homes to accompany you. They will notice potential repairs that you might have missed if you went on your own. The contractor can give you an idea of how much you will have to spend to make the property look the way yo