Over the past decade or so, investing in real estate has steadily gained popularity and this has now surged well ahead of the traditional modes of investment, i.e., stocks, mutual funds, and gold and this is a trend that has been recognised across the world. In India in particular, where there is a strong emotional attachment to residing in property you own and in owning land, investing in real estate is a trend that is here to stay. The real estate industry did take a hit from the COVID-19 pandemic as with lockdowns and social distancing, sales came down. In spite of the global pandemic, there has been a steady growth of 9.6% in the housing loan market in the third quarter of the financial year of 2021. Real estate is one of the safest sectors to invest in globally. This investment does not require any special skills or information to manage, unlike say stock trading and investing in mutual funds. Stocks and mutual fund management requires astute skills that not many people possess, hence the risk of loss is always present. While investing in gold does not require any special skills, the rate of appreciation of your investment is extremely slow and time consuming. Investing in real estate is today the preferred mode of investment because it does not require any special skills and also, the rate of appreciation of property is high. As long as you invest in a location that has potential for growth and has developing infrastructure, you can be sure of a good return on your investment. Rental income is another benefit of investing in real estate. Putting your property up for rent will assure you of an income for many years ahead. The long-term stability of real estate investment that is immune to market forces is another reason why this is the preferred mode of investment.