The right time to buy property

Understanding that property is a long-term investment, it becomes clear that the best time to invest in a buy-to-let property is always as soon as possible - or now. Each year you wait, you lose a year's worth of rental income and a year's worth of capital growth. And soon, one year becomes two and then twenty, because the time is never quite right if you take a short-term view of the property market.

"While the right time to buy a property is always now, given a long-term view of the property market, this certainly doesn't mean that you should just buy any property. Whether the property market is up or down, homebuyers and property investors should always ensure that they buy a solid, well-maintained property in a good area with long-term growth prospects and that they pay a reasonable, market-related price for it. No matter what the market conditions or whether you are buying a home or a buy-to-let investment property, the numbers must make sense. If you follow this advice, and a few tried-and-tested strategies for ensuring you acquire the right property, chances are good that in 2032, you will look back at 2012 and think: '2012 was certainly a great time to buy property!'," concludes Dr du Toit.

More About P3

Established in 2003, the P3 Investment Group is the leading property investment club in South Africa. The company is headquartered in Kempton Park and, along with 21 license holders and more than 80 P3 representatives countrywide, the team specialises in empowering ordinary South Africans to secure their future through the right kind of property investments.

Founder Pieter Louw is the dynamic driving force behind the innovative and progressive company and the well-established property investment method that enables a person earning a normal salary to acquire property assets using the bank's money and to pay off the bonds with the rental income earned. He is also the author of several best-selling books, including From Poverty to Property and Property: Your key to Wealth.

CEO, Dr Koos du Toit, brings to the management team extensive management experience and expertise, while the dynamic team of P3 Portfolio Managers under guidance of Certified Financial Planner and P3 Consult manager, Cyril Jasper, guides P3 members to wealth with the unique financial planning system, the P3 Roadmap to Wealth.

Together, this dynamic management team and a nationwide team of highly-trained and enthusiastic property investment experts are transforming the current norms of investment and establishing property as the cornerstone of wealth creation and retirement planning for all South Africans.

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