By Craig Erwin, Ph.D.
A friend just paid $1.6 million for a 1200 sq. ft. apartment in New York City. Was it a smart move? Time will tell. The real estate market has been on fire for years, but prices can’t rise forever. When a market rises too far too fast, it often crashes. And we tend not to be good at timing the real estate market because we buy so few properties in our lifetimes; typically only one or two. When I bought my house at the market peak in 2006 I was underwater for nearly 15 years.
Were you underwater for years after you bought your house or apartment? How many properties have you bought in your lifetime? Do you consider real estate a good investment?
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