When you invest in the stock market, you are, in a way, gambling. You’re entrusting your money to the whims of someone else’s company. The stock market is a popular place to invest because it’s easy to access, but when you invest in it, you don’t really control what happens next unless you’re a majority shareholder.
If you have shares in a company, sure, you might have the option to vote on things like who gets to be on the board of directors, and do you really know who those nominees are when it’s time to vote at the annual general meeting? Ultimately, what the company does is out of your hands. You’re just along for the ride. As an FYI, there are dozens of companies that get de-listed every year if you look at https://stockanalysis.com/actions/delisted/.
Real estate is different. It can never disappear. It’s a tangible asset with a solid valuation versus the rollercoaster valuation of a paper stock. When you invest in a property, you have control over your investment. You decide what to invest in and what to do with it! You get to make decisions like:
- What type of property you’re investing in
- Where that property is located
- What kind of market you’re buying in
- What kind of financing to use
- And perhaps most importantly, how the property is maintained or improved!
This is a big one. When you invest in real estate, you have a lot of options. You have a very serious and direct influence over the value of the property. You can choose how and when to improve the condition of the property as you see fit, and in that way manage the amount of profit you can make from it, either by reselling it or by renting it out.
If you buy a property, you can do things like renovations that tangibly and immediately make it worth more than it was before. If you invest in the stock market, you’re counting on a company to perform well. Maybe it will, maybe it won’t. You don’t get to decide. You don’t have control.
With real estate, you get to make your own decisions as an investor. When a stock underperforms, a lot of investors end up selling in a panic. After all, what is the underlying value of that stock based on? A piece of paper? Whereas if a property underperforms, there are steps that can be taken to mediate its performance because real estate values rarely, if ever, drop to zero. Can you think of any property on the market today that is worth less than it was ten years ago?
If you desire more control over your financial future, then making the right investment that fits your needs is key to that. Investing in real estate means you’re handing yourself the reins of your own life. You get to make the decisions, and you have more control.
ABOUT July Ono.
JulyOno.com is a real estate investment company. We have been actively involved in the Lower Mainland area real estate investing for a number of years. Our mission is to provide local housing and commercial workspace to quality tenants while at the same time providing an above average return on investment (R.O.I.) for our investor partners and for ourselves. It is truly a win-win-win way of investing!
July offers her investor partners hands-free investment opportunities. If you are interested to learn how to earn an above-average return on your investment, backed by a solid asset, and without the hassle of being a landlord, please contact July Ono.