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Ask an Expert: Is Buying a Home a Good Investment? (VIDEO)


It’s a question we get all the time: is buying a home a good investment?

A primary home can be a wonderful investment, especially if you enjoy living in it.

Over the last 30 years or so, real estate has appreciated at a rate very close to that of inflation – a rate that is less than the historical appreciation of stocks*. Even so, the leverage of a mortgage and the tax benefits of the interest deduction can still make owning a home a good idea, as long as you can afford it and you plan to live in it for at least six years.

Do you think of buying a home as a good investment? In this video, we ask San Franciscans what they think, and then give a breakdown of what to consider when purchasing a home as an investment.

To learn more about the home-buying process, and how purchasing a home can fit in with your overall financial goals, read our free First-Time Home Buyer’s Guide.

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The content contained in this blog post is intended for general informational purposes only and is not meant to constitute legal, tax, accounting or investment advice. You should consult a qualified legal or tax professional regarding your specific situation. Keep in mind that investing involves risk. The value of your investment will fluctuate over time and you may gain or lose money.

Any reference to the advisory services refers to Personal Capital Advisors Corporation, a subsidiary of Personal Capital. Personal Capital Advisors Corporation is an investment adviser registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Registration does not imply a certain level of skill or training nor does it imply endorsement by the SEC.

Brendan Erne serves as the Director of Portfolio Management at Personal Capital. After several years as an equity analyst covering the technology and communication sectors, he joined Personal Capital in 2011, just before its official launch to the public. He helped create and manage the firm’s investment portfolios and build out the broader research team. He also co-authored Fisher Investments on Technology, published by John Wiley & Sons. Brendan is a CFA charterholder.
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