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Is a home still a good investment longer term?

While what you may be considering will depend upon your own circumstances, more and more people are starting to question the long term advantages of owning your own home against the rental market. Is it still worthwhile putting your money into bricks and mortar?

This is a question which is now being asked all around the world as property markets come crashing down and millions are left in negative equity. However, it has to be said that the UK has been and probably always will be a property led economy, one where historically over 70% of home owners have had an equity interest in their place of abode. Whenever we are in the grips of a downturn in the property market we seem to see more and more people panicking and forgetting that we have seen property crashes before.

Markets do bounce back, it will take time but the old adage of investing in bricks and mortar for long term gain still seems to hold true even in these markets. It has always seemed a little perverse to see home buyers chasing prices higher and higher like sheep in the boom times but shying away from the markets when they have fallen.

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