Coming generations will have a lot more options available to them. Stocks are much more available now, and crypto + metaverse assets will add tons of new assets. – Alex Svanevik
I think real estate will have been a poor investment 20y+ from now. Some reasons why:
1) Options Our parents’ generation had one asset class to invest in: their home. Coming generations will have a lot more options available to them. Stocks are much more available now, and crypto + metaverse assets will add tons of new assets. So RE has a lot more competition.
2) Politics With rising inequality, RE ownership will likely get more concentrated. If >50% rent (rather than own), politicians will pander to their wishes. Pro-tenant policies will make it less attractive to own property.
4) Leverage Buying a home has been the only way to get cheap leverage on an investment. If you have $100k in savings, banks can offer (at least) $400k in a mortgage, giving you 5x leverage at ultra-low interest rates.
4) cont. This is changing. You can already collateralize crypto. For many reasons it’s a vastly superior asset to use as collateral, and it’ll only get better. Over time this means the RE advantage of leverage faces more competition. (Similar to the 1st point.)
In summary: I expect the “always up” trend of property prices to meet its end in our lifetime – possibly sooner than most think.
Disclaimer: I’m a random person on Twitter. This is not financial advice. I have no credentials except my profile pic is a penguin.