With the current state of the real estate market the time is right for the purchase of a second home. In a slower market with lower prices and great deals on valuable home there has never been a better time to get your hands on an investment property. For many years the second home may have seemed like something that was beyond the reach of the average home buyer. High prices and a lot of competition for available homes saw to it that it was somewhat difficult to justify the purchase of additional real estate. However that has changed as the market has slowed down and home prices have returned to a somewhat more reasonable level.The purchase of additional properties has always been a fantastic way to increase your personal worth and monthly income. Whether you are thinking about additional properties for income or for a quick renovation and flip, there is great money to be made from the purchase of property. In fact it has shown itself to be one of the most stable of investments that a person can invest their money in as stock markets and such are open to large fluctuations and dips. Homes on the other hand always seem to appreciate in value even in a “down market.” That rate of appreciation may slow down at time but the appreciation is steady.Take a minute and decide how you are going to deal with this new purchase. If you are planning to keep the home as an income property then make sure that the property is in good condition and that all the needs of the prospective renters are taken care of. It can be hard to rent a home if it is lacking in the basic necessities. A few upgrades and fixes can considerably raise the rent that you can charge for the home. If you are going to flip them home then make sure that your finances are secure and that you have planned your expenses for the foreseeable future. Make sure that you factor all costs into the budget as renovations can take some time and the bills for the home will still need to be paid. Try to set things up so they the home is ready to sell during one of the area’s hot buying times (usually the summer). Planning is really the key to any investment so take your time and make sure that you are ready for any eventuality.