Real Estate is a Better Investment Than Stocks

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Real Estate is a Better Investment Than StocksThat was the overwhelming opinion, according to a new study just released by the Massachusetts Association of Realtors (MAR), a majority of home buyers in the state believe that their home purchase was a better financial investment than the stock market. 

Fifty-four percent of all buyers made this statement last year compared with less than half of buyers (47 percent) in 2008.  An additional 29 percent felt that their home purchase was at least as good an investment as stocks. 

That leaves a mere 16 percent of new buyers who did not think their home purchase was a lucrative investment. 

Is real estate starting to make a comeback as a wise investment vehicle?  

With the Dow's recent dips and predictions that real estate has bottomed out, a trend may be once again emerging. 

This same study, which was compiled by NAR, also showed that 92 percent of Massachusetts home sellers chose to work with a real estate professional last year. That is seven percent higher than the national average of 85 percent. 

In fact, only five percent of sellers in this state tried to sell their homes on their own, which is considerably lower than the national number of 11 percent. 

I have to hand it to Massachusetts - that seems like some pretty sound thinking. 

 

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Matthew Naumann
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Claudette,

Great Post.  It always good to hear positive news from real estate.

Thanks for sharing,

Matt Naumann

Feb 11, 2010 05:12 AM #1
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Gabrielle Kamahele Rhind
KGC Properties LLC, Tucson Property Management & Real Estate - Tucson, AZ
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HI CLAUDETTE!  I have always thought real estate was a better investment.  Knowing that real estate is a long-term investment is the key to success! --Gabrielle

Feb 11, 2010 05:45 AM #2
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David Henke
Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc - Newtown Square, PA
Realtor, Homes Just West of Philadelphia PA

It's good to hear that it is still considered a better investment.  Now we just need the market to grow again.

Feb 11, 2010 06:52 AM #3
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Claudette Millette
The Buyers' Counsel - Ashland, MA
Buyer, Broker - Metrowest Mass

Matthew:

Yes, we don't get enough positive news - we would definitely like more.

Gabrielle:

You are right.  It's a long-term investment that you can actually live in.

David:

At least those questioned in Massachusetts thought so.

 

Feb 11, 2010 08:11 AM #4
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Claudette Millette
The Buyers' Counsel - Ashland, MA
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Matthew:

Yes, we don't get enough positive news - we would definitely like more.

Gabrielle:

You are right.  It's a long-term investment that you can actually live in.

David:

At least those questioned in Massachusetts thought so.

 

Feb 11, 2010 08:11 AM #5
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Christine Hynes
American Capital Corporation - Laguna Beach, CA
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Claudette I just read an article that showed home prices stablizing and even on the rise in most metropolitan areas around the country. With the low rates and great deals out there real estate really is a great investment right now!

Feb 11, 2010 08:31 AM #6
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Michelle Francis
Tim Francis Realty LLC - Atlanta, GA
Realtor, Buckhead Atlanta Homes for Sale & Lease

Claudette, 

I think the people in Massachusetts are brilliant!  Especially voting.  

Real estate is a tangible investment.  My major concern about stocks is it's all about how a company is run and are they really looking out for stockholders?  I would say probably not in many cases.  I'd rather be in control of my largest stock pick - a home as my investment and great place to live.  

All the best, Michelle

Feb 11, 2010 08:43 AM #7
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Claudette Millette
The Buyers' Counsel - Ashland, MA
Buyer, Broker - Metrowest Mass

Christine:

I would like to read that article since I was just reading something quite the contrary in Zillow.  If you could let me know where it is, I would appreciate it very much.

 

Feb 11, 2010 08:57 AM #8
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Claudette Millette
The Buyers' Counsel - Ashland, MA
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Michelle:

There are a lot of smart people here.  I certainly agree with that statement.

Investing is always speculative. But, at least with real estate you have something tangible for your money.

Feb 11, 2010 09:10 AM #9
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Craig Rutman
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Raleigh, Cary, Apex area Realtor

Sounds to me like the folks in MA understand the importance of hiring a Real Estate professional. And why wouldn't they when they have agents like you to help guide them through the process.

Feb 11, 2010 11:38 PM #10
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Claudette Millette
The Buyers' Counsel - Ashland, MA
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Craig:

According to the results of this recent study, it does seem as though consumers in this state value the advice and help of professional Realtors and that is really a good thing for them - and us.

Thanks so much.

 

Feb 12, 2010 01:26 AM #11
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Jane Peters
Home Jane Realty - Los Angeles, CA
Los Angeles real estate concierge services

I can't imagine why anyone can think that long term the stock market would be a better investment.  A company can go out of business at a moment's notice and then what?  Your house is hopefully always going to be there with the value fluctuating.  But, as we all know, it does eventually go back up.

Feb 14, 2010 04:33 AM #12
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Claudette Millette
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Jane:

There have been some good times for the stock market in the past, but I think long term, a home is one of the best investments we can make.

Feb 14, 2010 06:57 AM #13
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