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Warren Buffett - Investing in Real Estate

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Uploaded on May 12, 2011

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Buffett doesn't care whether something is large-cap, small-cap, micro-cap, or whatever. What is more important is whether it is a good business and whether he can understand it. On balance, large cap businesses have done much better recently than anyone would have ever dreamed of. This has led to much higher valuations. Whether this is a permanent development is another question.

There has been enormous securitizations of debt in the real estate industry. It has been a bad idea to own real estate through a corporate structure because there is a double taxation problem. REITS have somewhat solved this problem, but it is still usually better to own the real estate yourself rather than to invest through a third party intermediary that is going to take a slice of the cake.

There are a lot of silly valuations placed on real estate companies by people who don't understand the business whatsoever. They just don't understand how illiquid property like this really is, so you can't value it like you would a liquid stock. But Buffett and Munger understand real estate and would be open to opportunities that might present themselves.

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