The survey, of 2,000 investors world-wide with investible assets of more than 0,000, showed that 75% of respondents felt residential real estate looks attractive from an investment perspective. Of course, that doesn't mean they are buying: 60% said tight credit was preventing them from taking the plunge.
About half of the respondents expect an increase in the value of their real-estate investments over the next two years. Almost 40% of those with assets of million or more have greater than 50% of their portfolio in real estate (so much for lessons learned).
Perhaps the most interesting part of the survey relates to gender. Almost half (49%) of the women surveyed consider real estate to be a less risky investment than stocks, compared with 37% of men.
Women also are more likely to enjoy investing in real estate than men: 44% of women surveyed find buying property more enjoyable than investing in other asset classes. Only 28% of men feel the same way. While 34% of men are likely to invest in real estate indirectly through a fund, only 14% of women would prefer this approach.
I'm going to avoid stereotyping and put the question to readers: Why do you think that women like real estate more then men?