While small-cap stocks, such as Accentro Real Estate AG (XTRA:E7S) with its market cap of €237.29M, are popular for their explosive growth, investors should also be aware of their balance sheet to judge whether the company can survive a downturn. Assessing first and foremost the financial health is essential, since poor

Is expanding real estate search area to nearby suburb a sound alternative to buying in Chicago due to impending financial crisis?

Study the 5 year trends in the locales of interest. Examine real estate trends by zip code, market segment and price strata.

Do the same for income and buyer demographics; then look at the variables in the employment base.

These will help you make sound investment decisions in real estate.