Investors Hunker Down Home

January 2003
Journal of Financial Planning;Jan2003, Vol. 16 Issue 1, p26
Academic Journal
This article reveals that investors in the U.S. prefer to relax in front of their fireplace instead of in front of the stock quote pages. Several polls show investors overwhelmingly preferring real estate, particularly their homes, to stocks. It is a little surprising considering the low interest rates and the fact that median home prices increased 7.5 percent in 2001 and were expected to hit 6.6 percent in 2002, according to the National Association of Realtors. The Federal National Mortgage Association's 2002 Housing Survey found that 70 percent of U.S. citizens think buying a home is a smart, safe investment, while 38 percent view retirement plans the same way. A mere ten percent see stocks as safe and smart. A CBS MarketWatch/CBS new national investors poll found 84 percent of investors viewing real estate as a safe investment. In a survey sponsored by Behringer Harvard Funds, a commercial real estate investment company, 45 percent of respondents think real estate will outperform the stock market over the next three years, and only 12 percent think it will do worse.


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