Real Estate Ranks as Top Investment For the Fourth Year Running

Real Estate Ranks as best Investment

If you have money to invest, what’s the best place to put it? For the majority of Americans, real estate continues to rank as the best long-term investment opportunity available!

That finding comes to us by way of two different polls, brought to our attention over the summer thanks to real estate blog Keeping Current Matters.

The first poll, from Gallup, highlights the fact that 34% of Americans rank real estate as the best long-term investment, putting it higher than stocks/mutual funds (26%) and even gold (18%). Take a look at the graph for yourself:

As the study notes, this is the fourth year in a row in which real estate has been chosen as the top overall investment by Gallup respondents; this trend marks a steep reversal from the results of the survey in 2011 and 2012, when more Americans chose gold as a secure investment as a result of the housing market downturn of the Great Recession.

Need some more evidence that real estate continues to shine as an investment in 2017? The Gallup poll isn’t the only one showing that consumer confidence in realty is at a high!

Bankrate’s Financial Security Index poll also shows that Americans who have money to set aside for the next 10 years would rather invest it in real estate, over and above any other type of investment.

Take a look at their findings, courtesy of Keeping Current Matters:

As you can see, real estate earned the top spot with 28% of the vote, followed by cash investments (such as savings accounts and CD’s) with 23%, and the stock market rounding out the top three with 17%.

This is the third consecutive year in which real estate has come out as the top investment, according to Bankrate. And as Keeping Current Matters points out, the overall findings of the Financial Security Index – which also factors in “how people feel about their debt, savings, net worth, job security and overall financial situation” – is at its third highest level since the poll’s inception (back in 2010).

Here at Real Group, our team has always maintained that buying a home offers not just short-term social and economic benefits, but a secure, well-leveraged investment opportunity with a proven ROI in the long-term – particularly here in Chicago, where rents continue to skyrocket and buying a home, according to some studies, is more affordable than renting.

And the best part? With home prices projected to continue rising and interest rates still sitting at relative lows, there’s never been a better time to buy a home and get started down the road to a brighter financial future.

Ready to get started building equity and bolstering your financial future? The Real Group team is here to help you at every step of the way! Whether you’re looking to sell your old home or start your search for a new one, we’ve got the know-how you need to navigate the Chicago marketplace.

Don’t hesitate to drop us a line today to get the conversation started!

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