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Don’t Buy a Home. Buy Whiskey and Shotguns.

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In yesterday’s blog, we discussed the motivations Kevin Miller, a KCM Crew member, had for purchasing a home. Though we didn’t receive any public disagreement on the wisdom of Kevin’s decision, there were several people who privately expressed their concern for Kevin. They questioned whether it was wise to purchase a home with such economic uncertainty in the world today. With economic Armageddon possibly around the corner, shouldn’t he invest in a more liquid asset such as silver or gold?

These emails reminded me of 2007 when I walked into a precious metal dealer and explained I wanted to purchase a rather substantial amount of silver and gold because I believed financial catastrophe was upon us. The dealer paused and said:

“Mr. Harney, silver and gold are both great investments. However, if you truly believe the financial world as we know it is about to end, you should buy whiskey and shotguns. They will be the only things of value.”

If you think the world is about to come apart, I think that same advice is applicable.


About Steve Harney

Steve Harney is a residential real estate expert who specializes in market trends and authors a monthly informational presentation for top real estate professionals titled, "Keeping Current Matters" (KCM). Steve is often quoted in major news sources such as The U.S. News & World Report, MSN Money, The Chicago Tribune and The Los Angeles Times. He has received the great honor of being recognized as one of the 100 Most Influential Leaders in Real Estate by Inman News and one of the 200 Most Powerful People in Residential Real Estate by the Swanepoel Organization.

4 Responses to “Don’t Buy a Home. Buy Whiskey and Shotguns.”

  1. Pete June 13, 2012 at 9:30 am # Reply

    I’ve been saying the same thing for years!!!

  2. Lois June 13, 2012 at 2:41 pm # Reply

    The only problem with that is they get drunk and shoot each other – can’t win

  3. Judy Tracey June 14, 2012 at 1:31 pm # Reply

    Don’t like whiskey or shotguns, what else do you advise. 

  4. Joseph Patterson June 17, 2012 at 2:32 pm # Reply

    When one buys silver and gold, one is really speculating in the currency with which they bought the gold.  The value of gold is fairly stable, but one cannot avoid the variation in the value of the currency used to buy it.  Buyer beware!  As for whiskey and guns, when they become viable currency, we will all have much bigger things than currency to worry about.

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