Sunday, September 23, 2007

Investment Property Advice - Has the Market Peaked and Should I Sell Now or Wait?

Should I sell my investment property and cash out today - Has the Mississauga or Toronto market peaked? I get asked this question often. There is no simple answer.

I know how you feel that it's tempting to cash out, prices are so high. This is a difficult question to answer precisely as really, nobody can predict what will happen in the future. Many are now thinking that the market may have peaked in the GTA, but only time will tell.

There have been a few articles written in the press lately about the over-abundance of condos currently on the market and more coming on stream in the next 2 to 3 years. This could potentially create a supply problem and prices could soften in the condo market. Regardless, if you have equity in your investment property, then I would understand that you may wish to take out the equity and move it to other investments that may give you a higher return over the next 5 years or so.

Over the past 3 to 5 years or so the rental market in Mississauga has been very soft and I have noticed the quality of tenants has dropped significantly. This is due to our extremely low interest rates and many people that would have otherwise rented, purchased instead. The vacancy rate in the GTA is very high and this has impacted investment properties.

I help clients with many of their rentals per year and I am finding it much more difficult to find good quality tenants over the past few years.

Even if we have a correction in our market, I don't think it will be too significant. We are not in a boom similar to the investor fuelled boom of the mid to late 80's so I think (and hope) that we will not ever see the bottom fall out of the market the way we did in '89 to '95.

So there you have it. I am sorry I cannot predict the market more accurately for you. When push comes to shove, you will have to make the final decision.

Past history indicated that we may be near the end of a 10 year increase and this may be the time to unload your investment property.

You must be the final judge of whether or not it is time to sell your investment property, but certainly a healthy profit today is better than a possible loss of profits in the near future.

Mark Argentino is a Professional Real Estate Agent and has his Professional Engineering degree. Mark works and resides in Mississauga Ontario. He specializes in helping people sell and buy homes in the Mississauga area. His website is the most authoritative source of real estate information when you are buying or selling a home in Mississauga. You may read more articles, tips, reports, newsletters and in-depth real estate information, visit