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Words Have Meanings
The Value of Real Estate and the Value of Money

By Scott Rohter – January 2011

Land and houses are called real estate for a good reason. They have real, actual value, unlike money! If you trade in (sell) your real or personal property, or other tangible assets, all things which have real, actual value, or even more importantly if you trade away things like clean air, clean water, uncontaminated productive land, and a reasonably good quality of life, for money, whether it be for worthless fiat dollars, or pesos, or pounds, or euros, then you are giving up something of real, actual value in return for something that really has no actual value, and can and will be manipulated by money changers! You see once again, words actually do have meanings!

The term money changer has a double entendre. Bankers of course, over the years have always exchanged currencies, one for another, but they also change the value of these currencies with respect to one another in order to make money! So, if you have a lot of paper currency, you own a commodity whose value can easily be manipulated by others, and by forces out of your control. When Central Banks manipulate the value of national currencies, they may rob you of the value of your money and the real value that those “notes” once represented, i.e. the actual value of your house or land!

They can do this by monetizing a nation’s debt, through printing more paper currency, which devalues the dollar and causes inflation. Whatever amount of money they need, they just print it! This is sometimes referred to as "Quantitative Easing", abbreviated as "Q.E." or "Q.E.2". This causes your money to become worth … less! Therefore, it’s best not to keep any more currency assets than you really need in a checking account or a savings account, because the value of money is so easy to manipulate. Keep whatever wealth you have mostly invested in things that have actual long term value, or that will retain their value, or even grow in value over the years. Real estate is one such investment.

Of course, banks always pay you interest not to do this, and they also guarantee you a certain modest return on your money if you put it in a certificate of deposit, which is something to consider, but like everything else in life, managing your personal wealth is a matter of balance.

"The truth, the political truth, and nothing but the political truth.
A journalist has no better friend than the truth."
- Scott Rohter

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