Buy Alexandria Real Estate: A Very Self-Explanatory Chart

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A Very Self-Explanatory Chart

It's very rare or more likely never that I've posted a picture or chart without much explanation.  However, this chart showing the return on investment over the last decade requires very little commentary.  Granted... depending upon your timing, your return may be significantly different.  However, the chart does make its point.

Please note: Past performance is not necessarily indicative of future returns.

Return on Investment


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Comment balloon 10 commentsBrian Block • February 27 2010 07:35AM


Brian shows that over a long period of time, real estate is a great investment. Not a get rich quick scheme like a lot of people seem to think. Thanks.

Posted by Michael Setunsky, Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA over 8 years ago

This says it all. These are the kind of positives realtors need to get the word out on. I see that this can be reblogged - doing this.

Posted by Susan Thompson-Solomons, Southern MD Real Estate-Solomons Specialist (Berkshire Hathaway Home Services McNelis Group Properties) over 8 years ago

Wow, great chart Brian.

This is one time where a picture is worth a thousand words is TRUE.

Encouraging, to homeowners.

Posted by Missy Caulk, Savvy Realtor - Ann Arbor Real Estate (Missy Caulk TEAM) over 8 years ago

Brian - Timing is everything, but big picture, this is an excellent point !

Posted by Christopher and Stephanie Somers - Realtors - Philadelphia Real Estate (Realtor / Owner - RE/MAX Access) over 8 years ago

Brian - Just tweeted this post !

Posted by Christopher and Stephanie Somers - Realtors - Philadelphia Real Estate (Realtor / Owner - RE/MAX Access) over 8 years ago

This is a great example of what investment to purchase.  For the long term, homeowners are still making money.

Posted by Kay Van Kampen, Realtor®, Springfield Mo Real Estate (RE/MAX Broker, RE/MAX Solutions) over 8 years ago

Brian, very well done.  No, I mean excellent.  This visual gets the point across.

Posted by Maggie Dokic | Miami, FL | 305.81.HOUSE (46873), GREEN, CDPE, SFR, Pinecrest | Palmetto Bay | (eXp Realty LLC) over 8 years ago

In 1997-98 I bought a boatload of rare, low population, numismatic gold coins.  And the ROI is?  Um, huge!

And they don't call me at 3am!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 8 years ago

Great post.  Worthy of a reblog!  Thanks

Posted by Damon Gettier, Broker/Owner ABRM, GRI, CDPE (Damon Gettier & Associates, REALTORS- Roanoke Va Short Sale Expert) over 8 years ago

The truth is that this has less to do with market timing, and everything to do with holding period.  Over the last 50 or so years, in almost every market area you would have realized a gain over any 10-year period.  In most areas, a holding period of just five years would have been enough.

Posted by Bill Morris, ABR, CRS, CDPE, ePRO, MBA (RE/MAX Capital City) over 8 years ago