DOWN MARKET SEEN AS “OPPORTUNITY” BY WEALTHIEST CONSUMERS
Of those who earn more than $100,000 annually, 79% believe the US is in a recession, but 88% believe that property values will rebound. Those earning $500,000 and more see real estate as a “real opportunity” right now, and 40% say they plan to purchase a home in the next 12 months, according to “The Annual Survey of Affluence and Wealth in America,” produced by The Harrison Group for American Express. Merrill Lynch and CapGemini’s research show the world’s very wealthy have been shifting money into residential real estate. The 2007 “World Wealth Report” said that those will $1-MM+ in invested assets had 12% of their investment portfolios in residential real estate, both a portfolio strategy and a recreation/lifestyle decision.