Choosing between land and gold as investments options in Asia

When it comes to investing in Asia, all an investor needs is the ability to choose assets that have the highest potential for gain. This article seeks to focus on two of the most popular investment alternatives, land and gold.

Both land and gold have been prized commodities for centuries. Both have seen more and more investors gravitate towards them in recent years as they seek alternatives to traditional investments such as stocks, mutual funds and bonds. This has mainly been due to diminishing confidence in the stock markets.

The biggest disadvantage of gold as an investment option has always been government interventions. Governments will always step in with price of controls especially if hikes in prices of gold lead to weakening of local currencies.

Gold also happens to be a very capricious commodity. There have been moments in history when gold has experienced strong gains only to lose over 50% of its value in a single year. For your gold to be valuable, you need other people who agree with the valuation of your commodity.

Land on the other hand has several distinct advantages as an investment option. Here are some of them:

(1)Unlimited opportunity

Land has a multitude of uses that make its opportunities as an investment unlimited. You can grow crops, plant trees or graze animals depending on which option has the highest rate of return. Land also has development potential therefore making it a real value asset.

(2)Land is almost immortal

As a proprietor of land, you will always have a level of remuneration unless there is a terrible natural calamity. Land is certainly the asset with the longest life possible.

(3)It is a safe investment

Land is one resource whose demand will never diminish. Compared to gold, land will always have a ready usage no matter the economic condition of a country.

(4)Exponential rise in value

With land you can expect to see an exponential increase in value as time goes by. This increase in value is certainly higher than the interest rates on offer at any commercial bank.

Given a choice between investing in land or gold, I choose land anytime.

Investing in Land Acquisition

Any type of investment carries with it a measure of risk. A clear understanding of the risks associated with any type of investment is vital in ensuring that the investor does not lose their capital. Acquisition of land as an investment may be considered a safer investment as compared to other types of investment like gold or stocks. However, in order to ensure the veracity of the investment, the investor should consider a number of factors concerning the anticipated land investment.

A vital factor that one should consider is the location of the land in question. Locality of the land investment will determine the appreciation or depreciation of its value. Generally, land appreciates in almost all places around the world but, however, in areas racked with violence or in poor neighborhoods, the land may depreciate or otherwise appreciate at a very slow pace. A good land investment would be located in a well to do neighborhood preferably with major developments planned for the area in future.

A second factor that an investor should consider before investing in land is the lease and the ownership contract of that property. Several countries and states lease out land to individuals for a period of time. After the expiry of said lease, the land may be reacquired or the lease extended. Knowing the amount of lease time the property still has will enable an investor make the right investment decision. Additionally, the politics of the concerned area will also go a long way in influencing the merits of the land investment.

A final point that one may consider before acquiring a land as an investment is the potential use of the land. Knowing the potential that the land has and what it can be used for will guide the investor in making the right purchase decisions. Additionally, the investor may put the land in use as they await the inevitable appreciation of the land and thereby make even more profit from it.

While real estate and especially land is a good choice of investment, making bad purchase decisions may leave an investor with a depreciating piece of property that has no value to the owner. Thus, before making any land investment, the investor must ensure that the land in question is set to continue appreciating and, therefore, make good returns on the investment.

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