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Home > Blog > Is Real Estate the New New Thing?
Out of Our Minds
Tuesday, August 24, 2004 5:43 PM
Is Real Estate the New New Thing?
Anita Sharpe on Money

Or the next big bubble?

It seems like everyone I know who's passionate about making money is moving out of stocks and into investment real estate. I take that back -- even the people who say they aren't that focused on money seem to be doing this. One friend is flipping properties on the Gulf of Mexico, another is sizing up the market in Costa Rica, another is snapping up mountain property to develop second-home communities.

Do you suppose this is more fallout from the Enron era? Do people now not only want to understand what they buy, do they also need to see and feel it?

Or, after a few rough years, is everyone just ready for some time at the beach?


5 comments

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Diannah - 12/4/2004 9:58:17 PM
Real estate investing is can be risky as stocks, bonds or commodities. I write a blog that is focused on issues of concern for real estate investors, including appreciation rates, interest rates, tax benefits, consumer finance, and cost effective operations among other things. The comments here are on point. Real Estate investing does offer investors a lot of control, but it's a double edged sword if you will. It also requires a lot of time and energy to protect the value of your assets.
One new interesting tool for home buyers who want to 'insure' their investment is options on the direction of home prices in various markets. I wrote about it on 08/10/2004 at http://diannah.blogspot.com/2004_08_01_diannah_archive.html
Leo Foley - 8/25/2004 10:10:08 PM
Real estate investment isn't new. Speculators (white shoe brigade)have been around for 120 years. Its a grab by the well off of the earth's natural resources at the expense of the poor. Just because 'everyone is doing it', doesn't make it right.
As the 'Haves' get richer, the 'Have nots' must beg them for a place to live. For people looking for ethical investments, the land market is exclusive and exploitative. Earn your money, and feel good about it.
Check out these sites. http://www.progress.org/
http://www.earthsharing.org.au
JP - 8/25/2004 12:03:54 PM
Investing in real estate is a rather safe investment, however it requires a substantial amount of capital to make a sizeable investment. Also, it takes a significant amount of time for you to realize any worthy gains on a real estate investment.

I also find it hard to believe that certain markets can sustain further growth in value. Lets take certain markets in California as an example. Homes in the San Fransisco area are so expensive that it has become rather burdensome for a 2 income middle class family to afford a decent home. Given that wages are NOT growing at the same pace as real estate I believe the prices are unsustainable and we will see fallouts in certain markets, such as California.

IMHO, equities are still the place to be to realize relatively short-term (less than 5 years), high percentage gains (20%+). You just have to look in the right place! Do your research, seek companies with reliable and historical revenue and sales growth.
Dhrumil - 8/25/2004 1:07:55 AM
My best friend started investing 7 months after reading a wave of realestate books by Robert Kiyosaki and others. A few of my other friends also did the same. I'm making my moves now as well. We are all under 25 and realestate is just something we do on the side, (with the assistance of our dads and uncles). I personally like realestate because of the control. I’m a little worried about stocks because I want to take socially responsible investing to another level. But that’s just me I’m sure.

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