What a great time to buy a Bethesda home whether you are a first-time home buyer or upgrading to a larger home! This is my favorite statistic to track since it demonstrates dramatically how investing in real estate has greatly exceeded stock market returns during the same timeframe even through all the ups and downs we have all experienced over the last few years. Not only are you making a great long-term investment when you buy a home, but you are improving the quality of your life. The last time I published this real estate return on investment chart on my site was in September 2011 when the ROI was 41.3% so it has increased to 46.2% in just over a year! We should see even stronger gains over the next few years.