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The Investment Assets Handbook: A definitive practical guide to asset classes by Yoram Lustig

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Chapter 5: Real estate (property)

Property is the fourth most popular asset class in portfolios, following equities, bonds and cash. Most investors are invested in real estate. For many individual investors their residential home is one of their largest investments, if not the largest.

However, owning real estate is more than an investment. An old English maxim says “an Englishman’s home is his castle,” and a Hebrew proverb puts it that “he is not a full man who does not own a piece of land.” Often people say that the investment advice that they got from their parents was to buy real estate.

Real estate is brick and mortar, you can touch it. One of the worst economic situations is homelessness, so owning a property, a piece of land, a piece ...

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