Survey reveals Americans’ top investment choice: Real estate

The crash in housing prices that walloped the economy over the past decade no longer seems to haunt Americans as it did during the recession. For the first time in three years, real estate was the most popular investment option in a survey that accompanied Bankrate’s Financial Security Index.

When asked what kind of investments made the most sense, 27 percent said they’d invest in property if they had a pool of spare cash. CDs and other cash investments, the top answer in Bankrate’s 2013 and 2014 surveys, came in second at 23 percent.

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Smart Homes – Will Things Work Together

Thanks to increasingly accessible and affordable home-automation systems, your house will soon be able to do a lot of neat tricks.

But before you turn your dwelling into the home of the future, you’ll have to make sure you have a well-matched set of devices.

Recently released or soon-to-hit-the-market devices and services will allow you to configure your air conditioner so that it starts cooling your house as you return from work, no matter what time that is. They’ll also turn off all your lights and lock all your doors as soon as your head hits the pillow at night. While at work, you’ll be able to unlock the door for a child who forgot her key by telling your phone to let her in.

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