Most people spend their time wondering when the real estate market is good to enter and purchase real estate based on some friend’s recommendations. Others are more emotional and buy real estate on their whim and fancy. Such ideas may work sometimes but are not very reliable indicators on when to enter and exit the real estate market.
Firstly, in real estate investing, just like in the stock market, there is readily available public data, which you can chart to determine if the real estate boom or bust is bottoming out. Like in any investment, try to purchase the instrument at the bottom of a cycle so that you gain on the rebound. Similarly take the rental yield cycle into consideration when you do your maths to determine whether the property is worth acquiring since you want to ensure that you have enough monthly rental to cover your mortgage instalments even in the leanest of rental periods.