Americans Say Real Estate is the Best Investment for 7 Years Running

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For the 7th straight year, Americans say real estate is the best long-term investment opportunity — beating out stocks and bonds, savings accounts/CDs, and gold.

In this year’s Gallup Economy and Personal Finance survey, which was conducted April 1-14 of this year, 35% of Americans named real estate the top investment. Stocks were a distant second at 21%, followed by savings accounts at 17% and gold at 16%.

Real estate became the top investment back in 2013, as the housing market and economy was recovering from the crash about 4-5 years earlier. For the past five years, a consistent 34-35% of Americans have listed real estate as the best investment opportunity.

Gallup does this survey every year in early April, so this year it happened in the early stages of the coronavirus pandemic when much of the country was shut down or shutting down. That had the biggest impact on people’s view of the stock market. Last year, 27% rated stocks the best investment — this year it dropped to 21%.

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Cari McGee

My husband and I came to the Tri-Cities in 1994, and we thought it would be a temporary stop on our way to larger cities. He was a television sports anchor at the time, and we planned to go wherever the "next step up" took us. Twenty-plus years later, we're still here and we've loved every minute of it! We have two children now, and we've found the Tri-Cities area is a wonderful place to raise a family. It's a great place to do outdoorsy things -- I like to hike Badger Mountain or run along the river path. I also love reading ... by a cozy fire in the winter or a beautiful picture window in the summer (with the A/C on!). I've been a licensed Realtor since 2004. I earned my managing broker's license in 2016, which means I can run my own brokerage, or create a team of real estate agents and supervise them, which is exactly what I did when I formed the Cari McGee Real Estate Team in 2018! We have administrative and marketing personnel, as well as additional agents to serve you. I became a director of the Tri-Cities Association of Realtors Board of Directors in 2016, became Secretary/Treasurer of the organization, and was elected to Vice President in 2019. Want to talk about real estate? Click here to schedule a meeting with me!

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