Who would have thought, even 10 years ago, that the American Dream would be reduced to renting your home and stuffing the balance of your memories in a storage locker.
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New York, NY (PRWEB) January 20, 2012
Popular financial e-newsletter Profit Confidential reports that, for the second year in a row, the stocks of the self-storage companies were the best performing sector of the real-estate investment trusts (REITs). According to the Dow Jones All REIT Equity Index, which was up eight percent for 2011, the self-storage stocks climbed 35.4% in 2011.
The increase in business over the last two years was due to the rise in home foreclosures in the U.S. housing market, which has forced families to downsize into smaller rental housing.
“Who would have thought, even 10 years ago, that the American Dream would be reduced to renting your home and stuffing the balance of your memories in a storage locker,” says Michael Lombardi, lead contributor to Profit Confidential.
“Rising home foreclosures have forced families into renting, and stricter mortgage-lending standards have forced those who would rather have a home to rent as well,” Lombardi writes in Profit Confidential.
Companies like Extra Space Storage, Inc. and Public Storage increased their rental rates and are experiencing few empty storage units.
“I believe the U.S. real estate market will continue to be a very difficult place to be in 2012, save possibly for the self-storage companies. However, you should be careful; they’ve had a tremendous run already,” cautions Lombardi.
Lombardi’s concern is that, after a 25- to-30-year down cycle on interest rates, inflation will push interest rates higher in the next cycle. Lombardi thinks that this will devastate any recovery in the fragile U.S. housing market.
“My personal opinion is that the U.S. housing market is dead for years to come,” says Lombardi.
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Michael Lombardi, MBA, the lead Profit Confidential editorial contributor, has just released his most recent update of Critical Warning Number Six, a breakthrough video with Lombardi’s current predictions for the U.S. economy, stock market, U.S. dollar, euro, interest rates and inflation. To see the video, visit http://www.profitconfidential.com/critical-warning-number-six.
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