I just bought some land â€“ cheap.
I bought it from a struggling bank for over 90% less than it was under contract for in 2008.
Some people might call this buy a “speculation.” And I can’t fault them for thinking that.
Me? I actually think of this land as a new form of savings account that doesn’t lose me money.
(I’m listing the land with a real estate broker… who suggested listing it at more than five times what I just paid.)
Meanwhile, this portion of my savings is not at risk in the stock market.
It’s not at risk in paper U.S. dollars that the government can devalue and print at will.
And it’s not at risk in a financial institution that could be shaky and we don’t even know it.
This portion of my savings is safe in the dirt.
People think their money is safe in the bank… But what they don’t understand is, even in the best possible outcome, they will still lose money on their savings. You see, right now, bank savings accounts pay you next-to-nothing in interest. And when you factor in inflation, you are actually losing money with your money in the bank today…
For example, Bank of America’s “Growth Money Market Savings Account” pays 0.1% interest on a balance of less than $25,000. (That is not 1% interest, that is 0.1% interest â€“ nearly zero.) At the same time, inflation has been running in the 2% range.
So you’re losing roughly 2% a year on your cash (or more correctly stated, your “purchasing power”) in the bank.
For a portion of my savings, I would rather hold this land â€“ and even pay the property taxes â€“ than have it sitting in the bank.
I am not saying hold all of your savings in land. You still need actual cash savings.
I simply believe that quality land in or near metropolitan areas â€“ land that will be in demand within the next five years â€“ is a fantastic value right now. If you have all the savings you need at the bank, now is the time to start looking for property.
Some might argue gold is a better place for non-cash savings…
I think of gold differently â€“ I think of gold as “catastrophe insurance.” And don’t forget that the price of gold has run from $500 an ounce at the beginning of 2006 to over $1,500 an ounce today. But housing prices in America are down by one-third from their peak. Property is the safer bet today.
Also, while gold is a smart long-term holding, its price moves will be volatile. I don’t think of gold as an alternative savings account, like I’ve described above.
Still, most people are afraid to “speculate” in land. It’s “too risky” today, they say.
I disagree. At these prices, I don’t feel like I’m speculating. I see it as an alternative savings account â€“ with much more upside than a typical bank savings account.
You may have never thought of land as an “alternative savings account.” But with land prices down so much â€“ and with risky financial institutions paying so little interest â€“ it’s time to change your thinking about what’s really “safe” for your money.
I can sleep well at night with a certain portion of my savings in my possession, safe in the “dirt,” in the form of raw land…
Land actually has some “built in” safety protections that you simply can’t get with your money at your financial institution. It can’t go out of business, for example, and the government can’t print more of it.
You are free to disagree with this idea. But me? I’m actively looking for more deals like the one I just completed… I feel my money is extremely safe this way.
You should at least consider it, too.
Source: Daily Wealth