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Will Real Estate Protect Your Money? March 3, 2009

Posted by minnesotarealty in MN Realty.
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Every one of us dreams of enjoying only the best things in life and many thinks that investing money in a Minnesota real estate is the perfect solution. Yet, it is also true that with the negative things perpetrated by the media – it seems a bit scary!

Never believe anyone that tells you an investment is 100% safe and smart. EVERYTHING that you do with your money has a certain amount of risk involved with it, even if it’s just putting bills under your mattress; speaking of which, let’s talk about what happens if you do NOTHING with the money you save (e.g., putting it under your mattress). That wouldn’t be very smart -fire, flood, theft, etc. could make your money disappear very quickly with no hope for return.

Here is another scenario: what if you opted to put your money in a bank safety deposit box? Would it be safer that way? Probably yes but only concerning its physical property. Remember that its buying power changes over time and that the bills you have are only worth the currency’s present value.

In the United States, the annual inflation rate is approximately 3 percent. In other words, the cost of commodities increases by at least 3 percent every year. Now, what does this imply on the money deposited in your safety box? Definitely, your purchasing power decreases at a fast pace.

Let us also look into savings account. Those with this mode of saving are lucky because the FDIC orĀ the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation protects them. The risk involved is minimal as far as losing money is concerned. However, there is such a thing called inflation that even the best savings account in the world will have a hard time counteracting. Inflation can also negatively affect your savings account interest earnings.

How about stocks? I like to think of investing in stocks as investing in an “idea”. You don’t hold claim to any tangible item. You only “own” the fact that you have contributed funds to the “idea” that the entity you contributed your money to will somehow add value to itself and subsequently add a gain to the money you started out with.

Relatively, you also hold no control on said “idea”. Your chance of success cannot be told in advance either, since a number of factors that will come along the way have to be identified. Investing in stocks, I must say, can present a considerable amount of risk and can only be prevented if you decide to make it your profession or spend all your time doing research on the companies. This is the main reason why I am presenting the last and best option, the real estate.

What primarily distinguishes real estate from the ones mentioned above is its being “tangible” (this presupposes that you can experience it with all your senses: you can see it, touch it, and even improve it.) Likewise, the risk involved as far as losing the physical asset is concerned seemed distant. If it does, there’s a wonderful thing called insurance! Can you apply the same in the case of stocks? Your property’s value also grows with inflation unlike paper currency so you do not have to worry about your investment losing its purchasing power every year.

Finally, the best thing in MN real estate is that the return of your investment is intensified! To name a few, you get huge tax breaks, gained equity through renter-paid debt reduction, equity gained through improvements, and many other surprising benefits. Can real estate investment protect your money? While it is true that no investment is a hundred percent safe, with forethought, I can definitely assure you that this is where you’ll find the security you’re looking for.