For Investors, Which Strategy Is the Biggest Winner Now – Apple, Gold, or the San Francisco Housing Market?

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A May 2014 report issued by Paragon Real Estate Group demonstrates that investors who chose the San Francisco housing market in 2012 are clear financial winners today. Ruth Krishnan, top San Francisco real estate agent, answers the critical question, "Where should investors put their money now?”

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Apple, Gold, and San Francisco Housing Market: Investments Compared

If you are thinking of getting in, it's not too late. The market continues to be white hot.

In 2012, investors who chose the San Francisco housing marketing instead of Apple stock -- or even gold -- are clear financial winners now. What do the numbers say? Investing in Apple yielded a 44% return on investment. Gold, on the other hand, resulted in a 17% loss in overall wealth (Paragon Real Estate Group, May 2014 Report).

Where would an investor be now had he or she invested in the San Francisco housing market? His or her return on investment would be a staggering 118%, according to Ruth Krishnan, San Francisco top realtor, of Paragon Real Estate Group (see chart, courtesy of Paragon Real Estate Group, May 2014 Report).

The chart shows that the San Francisco housing market also beat out the US stock market, often seen as the go-to as a high-return investment opportunity.

While returns like these are rare, the San Francisco housing market remains a viable choice for investors looking for places to put their money now. "If you are thinking of getting in, it's not too late. The San Francisco housing marketing continues to be white hot," said Krishnan.

Here are some important things to consider, Krishnan said, when deciding whether to invest in real estate: "You should always plan to hold a real estate investment for 5 to 7 years. This will weather any bumps in the market. The big strength behind the power of real estate is that you leverage your money. You put in 20%, but you get a gain on 100% of the value. There are no other investments that do that."

A final reason investors will want to take a good look at real estate when they are considering where to invest? "You can use your real estate investment," said Krishnan. "You can live in it. Apple stock might provide some tax shelter but it doesn't shelter you from the wind and rain or give you a place to entertain your friends!"

About Ruth Krishan: Ruth Krishnan is one of the top agents of San Francisco Real Estate. With a background in design and business, Ruth Krishnan brings an artistic eye and strong negotiation and business skill to the arena of real estate sales. Representing both buyers and sellers, and with a long knowledge and comfort with the unique real estate market of San Francisco, Ruth Krishnan has a long history of satisfied clients and successful deals. More information about Ruth Krishnan can be found at:

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