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REAL ESTATE THE ALMOST RISK FREE INVESTMENT

~~Almost risk free is a bold statement.  I say this while comparing real estate investing to stock market investing which will probably get me in hot water with stock brokers!
I doubt the debate about what is a better long term investment, real estate or stocks will ever be over, but I wanted to point out the reasons for my bold statement.
 In my opinion real estate takes a big hit because a lot of real estate is bought to provide personal residences for us and when things go wrong in our lives the home with the big mortgage is the first thing to suffer.

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GOOD NEWS THERE’S A HOUSING SHORTAGE

~~Can finding out there is a severe housing shortage be good news?  It sure can if you’re an investor in apartment buildings and that shortage has a huge positive impact on your income and property values!
There was a story in the August 23rd issue of “The Economist” that talked extensively about this crisis in many of the major cities in the country.  According to the story the Los Angeles area is particularly hard hit.  We have attached a link to this story:

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LOOMING RETIREMENT TRAGEDY

~~If you’re going to think about retiring in 2030 or after that you better read the story in the June 30th Time Magazine it has SERIOUS implications about your future.

I just got my latest copy of Time on my birthday, June 30th.  I included a link to a story about retirement titled:  “The Year Retirement Ends”.  According to the story most Gen X retirees will not be able to afford to retire at 65 because their combined retirement income will only be 41% of the average national wage. 

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