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BEACH FRONT TOWN HOME ON SOUTH PADRE ISLAND WITH SPLASH POOL ON PATIO FACING THE SANDY BEACHES AND EMERALD WATER. COMES FURNISHED WITH ALL APPLIANCES. This is a beautiful two story town home has all the amenities that you'd expect. Priced at 1,150,000.00. For more info on this and other South Padre Island, Port Isabel or Laguna Vista property, click HOME SEARCH. For information on this property, enter listing # T18935, or call Rhonda at 956-266-3995.

Real Estate V. Stock Market - Which is the better place to invest?

The purchase, holding, renting and reselling of real estate assets - especially residential real estate - is now the investment of choice for the majority of investors. Money is pouring in as a direct and proximate consequence of low interest rates, which favor mortgaging over deposits and low-risk asset holdings over high-risk speculative stocks.

Demand for residential real estate throughout all urban areas in North America - and to a lesser extent Europe - has gone through the roof. This affects especially condominiums and town homes located well inside urban cores, but it extends to single-family assets into suburbia just as well. Real estate has become the psychological equivalent of gold, historically considered a tangible, safe store of value.

Tangibility of assets is, in fact, one of the primary psychological reasons of this financial revolution. Given the choice between the purchase of a piece of paper representing the share into a far-away company over which the Investor has no control, and the purchase of four walls and a ceiling that the Buyer can see, touch and paint, the vast majority of consumers today are not going to hesitate for one second : they'll take the latter. But there is also a very important practical reason: availability of financing.

The type of Buyer has also changed. With the advent of the internet and all other technological advances, Buyers today are more knowledgeable than ever before. As such, they want to see through things thoroughly and, once again, it is easier and preferable for them to determine by themselves whether they like a piece of real estate than it is to believe to a Stock Broker or analyst. More than ever they want sound advice and hot tips, and there is no question that those they can get from either a good Real Estate Agent or a good Stock Broker. But what the Stock Broker cannot offer is a tour of the company. A Real Estate Agent, on the other hand, will show them the house.

And, finally, population growth, density and age are other important factors in today's prevalence of Real Estate over the Stock Market. For instance, here in the Greater Vancouver region population is expected to grow 58 percent to 3.3 million people in the next 25 years according to the Urban Futures Institute. That's 1.2 million more people than are here now. The Institute reports that the Baby Boom generation now makes up about one-third of the population. Their aging will result in a surge in the over-55 population of 146 percent by 2030, and that many baby-boomers today are beginning to look towards their retirement years and golden age as a period of calm, enjoyment and relaxing - free of the continuous buy-and-sell hustle typical of stock exchanges everywhere. They are more and more beginning to question Donald Trump's make-it-or-break-it philosophy for a more solid and long-lasting approach to the management of their own personal wealth and finances.