According to the recent Gallup Economy and Personal Finances poll
, Americans are increasingly turning towards real estate as the ideal long-term investment option. Thirty percent of those surveyed reported real estate as the best option for long-term investments, followed by both gold and stocks/mutual funds which tied for second place. Savings accounts and CDs took third and bonds were the lowest rated long-term option.
As you can see by the chart, real estate has shown a steady increase in confidence from investors over the last few years as more Americans are realizing the power behind this investment option. (continues below chart)
Real estate is especially favorable for retirement planning because it can allow for a steady income stream over long periods of time and can benefit from appreciation. Savvy investors know that utilizing tax-free or tax-deferred retirement accounts such as a self-directed Roth IRA or 401(k) leverage even more investing power by capitalizing on compound interest and significant tax savings during the life cycle of the real estate investment.
The rest of the nation seems to be catching on to the benefits of real estate investing but still, only 2 percent of investors are utilizing the power of self-directed retirement accounts to make these investments. Get more details here
about joining the 2% and by opening your own self-directed IRA.