Experienced investors can stabilize markets

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By CHARLES E. CARRIERAs the economy continues to move forward, slowly and erratically, there are considerable opportunities involving the purchase and sale of distressed homes. These circumstances vary significantly across the country, which is why it is useful to understand the profile of the markets and the investors who operate in each city. Dallas-Fort Worth represents a classic "investor" market, as opposed to a "speculator" market. The characteristics of the former, which are relevant for reviewing the real estate market in any given area, include: income and rental rates that align with property values; a moderate level of new residential construction, even during the real estate boom; a large, diverse and stable economy; and solid population growth and demographic trends.Based on these criteria, a real estate agent or broker should be able to work with a core group of long-term, seasoned, local investors who act as a stabilizing force on the market. ...