In todays difficult and challenging economic climate, finding a way to make your money grow can be a difficult challenge. Local real estate investments are the way to go. It doesn't matter whether the city you live in has tremendous property devaluations or has maintained some resemblance of previous values, local real estate investments can be very lucrative. Just as in the stock market, the goal is to buy low and sell high. How does an individual accomplish this in local real estate markets? The best local real estate investment is the one that needs work and is therefore not going to be sold at a competitive rate (if at all) due to the competition knowing that what "shows" well sells quicker and for a higher price. What doesn't show well is typically a foreclosure, a property in an "estate", or someone who simply does not want the property and needs or wants to move but can't sell that property without making the necessary renovations and repairs. Many people think that REOs (properties that have been foreclosed on and currently owned by banks) are the best local real estate investments. This is not always the case. Perhaps the property was unappealing, needed repairs, or was not worth what the owner owed the lender. Once the lender owns the property, they are faced with the same problems the owner had, plus they now have to pay real estate commissions and allow at least some monetary considerations to a buyer to get the property back in shape. How much money a lender is willing to lose determines if a certain property is a good local real estate investment for you.