If you have not already read the 'How
It Works' section please do so now.
This is our illustrated guide and picks up where the How It Works
section leaves off and goes into a Step By Step detail on how to
actually play the game.
Two Gaming Options : Real Money Vs. Play Money
The first thing to understand is that we have two versions of the
game. First there is the PLAY MONEY version. This version of the game is
purely for fun, practice, and education. You can play with
virtual dollars that cannot be converted to real money and thus you
have nothing to lose. I recommend starting with the Play Money
as you learn more about how everything works. The other
section is the REAL MONEY
section. This section requires you to deposit real money into
a virtual account and allowing you to play with actual dollars.
Understanding The Game Board
The first thing you need to learn and understand is how the game
board works. This is where you review property to purchase.
Firsts, lets start with a screen shot of the game board.
#1: Screen Shot of Real Estate Marketplace
You can locate the playing board within the Marketplace of each
game. The board is separate in the Play Money area and the
Real Money area. When you highlight your mouse over one of the
properties on the map you will see a popup of information pertaining
to the property. If you do not see this popup then your web
browser might not support the java script. In this case simply
use your mouse to CLICK on the property image and this will take you
to the detailed property screen. Let's do this now.
After clicking on a property you will see the property screen that
looks similar to this screen shot below.
#2: Screen Shot of Property View
This screen will give you many details about the property.
First thing you should look at is the CHART.
The chart is going to give you a quick visual glance of how
the property is performing. This tells you the tenant
count of the property which is the most important factor that
influences the properties value. Properties that are
gaining tenants generally gain in value. Property charts
can quickly give you insight to what properties are HOT and
which ones to avoid.
Each property will also have a quality rating. Generally
speaking, properties of higher quality tend to recover from
falling values quicker then those with a lower quality rating.
However, these properties are also hit hardest during bad
|Important Property Information
This section will tell you who owns the property, the
number of current tenants, its current market value, and it's
||Tenants - The number of
tenants occupying the property have the most effect on its
appraised price. You should always beware properties
that have a high price and low tenant count as they tend to
rapidly drop in value in the upcoming turns. The way we
determine the probability if a property will increase or
decrease in value is by its movement or trend.
||Movement - The appraisable
value of the property is affected not only by the number of
tenants but also by its trend or movement. This is a
variable that can be post positive or negative and reflects
the properties 'popularity' among the people of Virtual City.
Properties with a positive movement will tend to attract new
tenants while properties with a negative movement have a
higher probability of losing tenants to other properties.
Properties with a neutral or zero movement are changing trends
and can be risky yet lucrative purchases. Properties
with a low tenant count but a high movement can also be very
|Upgrades & Improvements
Properties have Active and Inactive improvements made to
them. Active improvements appear in color on the bottom
of the property view. Inactive improvements are shown in
black and white.
||Improvements tend to change the
trend or movement of the property. They can also affect
the property value and its future performance so understanding
improvements is very important. If you purchase a
property with a high movement value and numerous improvements
made then you can expect the price to increase; however when
these improvements expire you may end up with a slump in
growth which can leave you holding the property longer then
expected. If you invest in improvements, and the trend
continues to increase then you can make a great return on your
investment for your risk taken.
By pressing this button you will be given the opportunity
to purchase the property. You must be logged in with an
active account to purchase property.
Now that you understand a little bit about the game board and how it
works I want to take you through the signup process and show you how
to manage your properties and account. First let's start by
Signing up. Let me show you a screen shot
of the signup page.
#3: Signup Screen
After signing up and logging into your account you will see your
Overview. As we continue to make changes and updates your
Overview page will change so yours might not look like the one
You will notice a navigational menu at the top. The
sections include the following:
|The overview will give you lots of important
information about your holdings and account including the
number of properties you own, your portfolio appraisable
value, and your available virtual dollars.
|This is the Real Estate Marketplace or
'Playing Board' if you will. This is where you view all
of the properties for sale and click on the properties your
|My Portfolio Profile
|Your portfolio specifies things such as your
email address, nick name, and most importantly your Paypal
Email Address that withdraws are honored to.
|This screen allows you to view all properties
that you own and to analyze trends and changes. You can
also make improvements to the property and place your
properties up for sale on this screen.
|You can manage your balances, withdraws, and
deposits here. You can also view prior transaction
|If you're using a public or work computer you
will want to logout of your session when finished trading your
property for the day to ensure your account stays secure.
My Apartment Section
Let's explore the My Apartments area within the Real Estate Investor
control panel. First, let's start with a screen
#5: My Apartment Section
Once you purchase a property you see the property available in your
My Apartments section of the control panel. Every property
will list an informative sheet like the one above. You will
see a CHART, IMPROVEMENTS, APPRAISE VALUE, RATING, and MOVEMENT
trend in the upper corner. If the trend is BLUE and pointing
UP, like the one above, then you know it has a positive trend and if
it is GRAY and pointing DOWN then you know your trend is
negative. This gives you a fast reference to the movement of
the property. You can also purchase UPGRADES to the property
by clicking on the 'Purchase Upgrade' button on this screen.
In this example you will notice in the lower right hand corner it
says "You are currently offering this apartment for sale".
When you purchase a new property you will automatically be allowed
to 'hold' the property for 3 'TURNS'. This will allow you time
to make upgrades to the property is to hold the property for a small
duration of time to reap the benefits of a strong upward movement in
the market. If you do not wish to hold the property and the
property is not up for sale then you will notice that the following
button will appear:
By clicking on this button it will automatically put the property up
for sale and allow other players to purchase it. The maximum
amount of time you can hold a property off the market is 3 turns,
however you can place the property back on the market at anytime for
a fast profit.
Upgrading & Improving Property
If you click on the "Purchase Upgrades" button you will be taken to
a screen that offers a series of upgrades you can make on your
property. Each upgrade has its own unique advantages for
achieving different desired effects.
Improvements do not last forever. As the example above, this
improvement only lasts for 3 rounds or 'turns'. Improvements
temporarily lift and change the movement of a property. They
can be used to quickly attract new tenants to a property and to
greatly increase the value of the property. The key to
improvements is knowing when to improve a property and when not to
improve one. If you plan to quickly resell the property
then it is not smart to make improvements into the property.
However, if you plan to hold the property part of the day, and you
purchase the property at a great price with low tenants, then making
improvements can make a lot of money. If you purchase a
property at a low price with a negative movement or trend then this
can also turn the property around and make it very attractive to
other players -- and making you a quick profit in the meantime.
Click on the Buy Now button to make the improvement to the property.
Improvements will not take effect until the next 'TURN' when tenants
Finance & Real Money Game Play
This is a very fun game -- but it's also a way to prove your
dominance and put your money where your mouth is. This is
purely a skill based peer to peer system so you have an equal chance
of making great investment decisions as any other player. This
being said -- the Real Money version of this game is played
with...... real money! If your not interested in playing for
real money then we also have a free money mode as well just for fun!
To purchase property you will need to first signup and then
make a deposit. The game uses Virtual Dollars that you can
use to buy and sell property. Virtual dollars are exchangeable
for US dollars via the site owner. So how do you get virtual
dollars? You make a deposit of course! Click on the "My
Money" link in your control panel and again on the "Buy Virtual
Dollars" link. This will take you to the package page that
will show you all currently available Virtual Dollar packages.
Buying a package will instantly
place the virtual dollars in your account for use.
Withdrawing your earnings are very simple... and fast!
After you have purchased and sold numerous properties you can use
the Withdraw option in the My Money section to request your Virtual
Dollars be converted back into real money. You will receive
your earnings back in the same method you use to make the deposit.