Since I am on the ground in working class neighborhoods, I always try to find out the story of how the neighborhood became so distressed with low prices. I always find out that these houses used to be in great neighborhoods 20, 30, 40 years ago – but when the jobs left, the neighborhoods began to reflect that economic decline. Want more articles like this? Create an account today to get BiggerPocket's best blog articles delivered to your inbox Sign up for free I have some words of caution, and some words of hope, for those whose entire real estate investing strategy relies on appreciation, as well as tips for what to look out for to avoid these errors that would otherwise take 20-30 years to find out. For example, “single industry areas” are susceptible, and with the future changing rapidly in an economic downward direction – caution and heads up should be used. Check out this video for more information!