Real Estate vs. Other Investments: Which Is the Better Investment?

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Pa Bailey in the film “It’s a Wonderful Life” aptly expresses the concept of home ownership.

He says: “It is a fundamental urge. It’s deep in the race for a man to want his own roof and walls and space.” Unlike most other goods or services that financial assets are based on, real estate responds to an innate desire — the desire to have a piece of this earth one can call his own. This basic yearning is the driving force of the real estate market.

One of the beneficial features of real estate is that it produces relatively consistent total returns that are a hybrid of income and capital growth. It pays a regular, steady income stream and a stock-like component in that its value has a propensity to fluctuate – to go up more often than it goes down!

There is also that holistic way of looking at housing: as an investment that holds its value as inflation rises, and whose dividends—a home office, kids playing in the backyard, school bus around the corner—pay out big, however non financially.

Other Characteristics

Real estate is unique as compared to other investment alternatives because:

  1. No fixed maturity: Unlike a bond which has a fixed maturity date, an equity real estate investment does not normally mature. It  allows an owner to buy a property, execute a business plan, then dispose of the property whenever appropriate.
  2. Tangible: Real estate is, well, real! You can visit your investment, live in your investment and show it off to your family and friends. A result of this attribute, you have a certain degree of physical control over the investment – if something is wrong with it, you can try fixing it. You can’t do that with a stock or bond.
  3. High Transaction Costs: Because of the high costs of “trading” real estate, longer holding periods are common and speculative trading is rarer than for stocks.
  4. Location: While it sounds clichéd, location is one of the important aspects of real estate investments. Selection of which market to invest in has as large an impact on eventual returns as choice of property within the market.

Investing in a rental property will provide a steady cash flow. This is much different from gold because gold is considered dead weight. An investment in real estate will provide a constant flow of cash coming in whereas gold does not bring in a steady income.
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