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Gallup Survey: Americans See Real Estate as Top Long-Term Investment

By Dan Weil   |   Friday, 18 Apr 2014 11:14 AM

As the housing market rebounds from its 2007-12 crash, Americans are apparently feeling more comfortable with investing in real estate.

A Gallup poll, conducted April 3 through 6, asked 1,026 adults to choose what would make the best long-term investment out of five categories.

A total of 30 percent chose real estate, 24 percent chose gold, 24 percent chose stocks/mutual funds, 14 percent chose savings accounts/certificates of deposit (CDs) and 6 percent chose bonds.

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Three years ago, 34 percent selected gold, 19 percent selected real estate, between 14 and 19 percent selected stocks/mutual funds, 14 percent selected savings accounts/CDs and 10 percent selected bonds.

"With housing prices improving across the country, Americans are regaining faith that real estate is the best choice for long-term investments," writes Gallup's Rebecca Riffkin.

"But home ownership is also associated with views of real estate as an attractive investment opportunity. This leaves groups with lower home ownership rates, like lower-income and younger Americans, still looking elsewhere for investment options."

Gold was the top long-term investment choice of Americans whose households have less than $30,000 in annual income, receiving the nod from 31 percent of them.

As for the housing market, it appears to have peaked late last year. "Several parts of the economy are warming up, but housing is the exception," Ryan Sweet, a senior economist at Moody's Analytics, tells Reuters.

The S&P/Case-Shiller home price index for 20 cities gained 13.2 percent in the year through January, the slowest pace in five months.

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