Usually the bigger the boom the bigger bust. Although a bust in the housing market is unfortunate, for investors it provides serious discounts and the window for virtually anyone to get started.
Why? Foreclosures equal more inventory, and foreclosures plus inventory equal deep discounts. In a area hard hit there is desperation. Desperation creates opportunity for those who are not positioned to be the classic investor (buying up houses with cash) to have just as much action as anyone. Banks are hoping that someone, somehow will move the properties off their balance sheet and sacrificing a lot of equity in the process.
If you happen to be investing in area where negative equity reigns supreme, you are likely poised to take great advantage of Matt's 25:1 strategy or similar techniques of playing the numbers game for deep discounts.
Is anyone working any of the areas specifically listed on the chart? If so, please share your experience investing (or getting started) in a top 10 negative equity city.