From the glittering allure of gold to the seemingly solid promise of stocks, there are countless ways to invest your hard-earned money. Yet, for the 11th year in a row, a Gallup poll shows that Americans still consider real estate as the best long-term investment, beating all other options. Indeed, 34% of respondents crowned real estate as their number one choice. But why is investing in a home still viewed so positively? Let's dive in.
A Tangible Asset
Unlike stocks or bonds, a home is a tangible asset. You can see it, touch it, and live in it. It's more than a piece of paper or a number on a screen; it's a living space, a place where memories are made. This tangibility gives homeowners a sense of stability and control that other investments can't offer.
"Home values consistently increase. Even in downturns, prices ultimately return to their upward slope."
Lawrence Yun, Chief Economist, National Association of Realtors, in an interview with Forbes
Although real estate markets can experience ups and downs just like any other market, over the long term, property values have consistently appreciated. This consistent appreciation makes real estate a reliable and powerful wealth-building tool.
Extra Income and Tax Benefits
Real estate isn’t just about buying a home to live in. It can also mean purchasing property to rent out, providing a steady stream of income. Additionally, owning a home can offer tax benefits like deductions for mortgage interest and property taxes, further adding to its appeal as an investment.*
Homeownership and Personal Fulfillment
Beyond the financial aspects, there's an emotional component to owning a home. There's a sense of personal fulfillment and security that comes from having a place to call your own, from putting down roots in a community, and from knowing that the place where you live is yours.
*HomeServices Lending is not a financial or tax advisor and cannot and is not offering tax advice. Please consult a financial advisor or certified public accountant to determine what the tax implications of purchasing real estate may be.
Disclaimer: This blog post is for informational purposes only and should not be used as financial advice. Always consult with a qualified mortgage professional for advice tailored to your specific circumstances.