Before we discuss the benefits of property appreciation, we first have to define the concept of appreciation in terms of the property business. Appreciation is the positive effect of property investment in which the price or value of the property goes up as the years go by. The factors that cause the appreciation are supply and demand, inflation and capital improvements among others.
The first benefit of property appreciation is that the decision of renting versus buying a property is made easy. If you know that the property will soon rise in value in the next year or so, it will be more advantageous if you purchase it. Not only will you get your money back once you sell the property, you will also earn a sizeable profit by just waiting a couple of years or so.
Appreciation is not only a term for property value but also in personal value. If you currently have the money and you are deciding whether to buy a house or a luxury car, property appreciation can tilt the decision in favor of a property purchase. If you buy a car, after five years, the value of your car would have depreciated, meaning it will cost less than what you originally paid for it. However, if you buy a house, it is immediately considered as an appreciating asset. On the long term, properties will most likely appreciate than depreciate, and this will add value to your personal worth. Purchasing a property is sometimes the option exercised by successful investors to generate sizeable long term profits.
If property appreciation is high enough, and you buy and rent a property, you can actually buy a property at a minimal cost to you. If you buy a property on a mortgage and rent so that the rental covers the mortgages and property maintenance and taxes then you effectively end up owing a property without paying most of the cost. Given that the property market conditions are favorable, all you do is wait for the property value to appreciate to cash in on some healthy profit.
Property appreciation is out of the hands of a real estate investor. What he can control is his decision on what properties to buy and where. Make informed and smart decisions by researching the market and asking the opinion of the experts in the field.