Property Has Become the Top Investment Choice for Individual Investors


A recent survey carried out by Gallup has revealed that real estate ranks as the top long-term investment choice for Americans in 2014. The popularity of the most preferred options over the past years has dropped significantly. As the property market is regaining speed, the number of property investors is expected to increase.

In April 2014, 30% of Americans believe that real estate is the best investment option. It is followed by gold and stock which are preferred by 24% of the population. Some 14% believe that the savings accounts and the certificates of deposit are the best investment for the long term. Only 6% prefer bonds.

The picture was completely different some 3 years ago. In April 2011, 34% of participants believed that gold was the best long term investment. Real estate and stocks preferred by 19% while savings accounts and CDs were chosen by 14%. 10% of people thought bonds would be best to invest in for long-term returns.

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The recovery of the real estate market has had a major impact on individual investors. The popularity of properties rose from 19% in 2011 to 20% in 2012 and then to 25% in 2013 to reach its highest point of 30% in 2014. The growing property prices and the shrinking inventory are the major factors for the growing popularity of real estate as an investment. Traditionally, it has been preferred for the fairly low risk and the ever growing historic value.

At present, the conditions for investing in housing are favorable. The mortgage rates are still very low and have been falling so far during spring 2014. Inventory in many areas is still low even though it is growing in places with traditionally high property prices. Investors can find markers which have not undergone major recovery yet and where prices are still fairly low while demand is expected to go up.



Christian Calvin mortgage Christian is a contributing writer for He is a graduate from the University of Tennessee with a degree in Communications and a concentration in Broadcasting. Christian has served as vice-president for a privately-held company for more than 20 years. Additionally, he has also applied his writing and business knowledge to various websites with a focus on business and sports news . . . both of which are passions. Christian enjoys playing golf and spending time with his family and friends.


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