Real Estate: A Wise Investment or Not?

The most popular and certainly the commonest way for a family to build up its assets over recent decades has been real estate. It has always been seen as a good investment over the medium to long term with mortgage rates generally low and growth almost guaranteed. Almost! The early years of this century saw growth that was with hindsight out of control. The crash inevitably came and property values fell with a surfeit on the market and too few buyers to sustain values. Recent buyers indeed often found themselves in negative equity which was unlikely to disappear in the coming years.

It is something that raises a number of questions in need of answers. Continue reading