A buyers' market should be just that – A BUYER'S market. It's not a fence-sitting, waiting, loitering, delaying, dawdling, postponing, vacillating, hesitating, wavering, faltering, pausing, foot-shuffling market. IT'S A BUYERS'MARKET. By its very name it means buyers should be doing one thing and one thing only – BUYING.
The media becomes the excited purveyor of negative news and uninformed advice, and buyers buy it all. Actually, it feels like it is the only thing they are buying. Their reluctance is ironic since not so long ago buyers were incredibly excited about buying – and it was a sellers' market. Prices were escalating and it was perhaps one of the most difficult times to buy value and yet people were buying like there was no tomorrow. Buyers were afraid of losing out by not buying, even though the advantage was all to the seller.
Now a shift has occurred. Fear is still in the drivers' seat but the tables are turned – the fear of paying too much seems to stop most in their tracks and immobilizes them. When they should have been afraid of paying too much they weren't, and now that they shouldn't be afraid of paying too much, they are. It's one of the great paradoxical moments of any market and the herd instinct at its most pure.
There are two types of buyers – those who believe they can time the market and those who are always in the market and believe timing will find them. History supports the latter – it says that if you are always actively paying attention, although you may never sell at the peak or buy at the bottom, you can buy right and always do well over time. Logic says that you can't predictably time the market to be able to buy at the absolute bottom and sell at the absolute top.
Buyers cannot perfectly time a market – NO ONE CAN – The smartest people know this. They play in the safe zone. The safe zone is where smart people plan to buy and sell. Anyone who buys at the top of a market is just unlucky and anyone who buys at the bottom of a market is just lucky. People who buy in a buyer's market are the smart ones. They are not looking for a killing because they know that's a matter of luck, not planning. They are looking for a sound decision with a predictable result and, therefore, ask the question: "Has the market dropped enough now to make a sensible purchase?"More often than not, when they are asking this question, they are already in the safe zone and the answer is YES.