Gold is safer but wont give you a good return and yes it can drop in price, it did 20 year ago.

the current market is allowing to buy up to 50% of the homes value.. most expert say that if you have money to Invest and you are not planing to use it for 4 year that will double your money...after the market hits bottom an it will house prices wil start to go up an higher than before between 5% and 15% a year depending on the area, if you add the 50% discount on the house you bougth that's a really nice investment.

plus if you rent that's all extra, just give it to a real estate company so you don't have to go thru any trouble...

Anime Girl Real Estat buble burst one year ago, we are waiting for the bottom now. prices wont go down more than 15%..