Try not paying your property taxes. Then we'll see who owns your home.Never get stuck in a mortgage - it's renting with more liability . Gold and Silver are about wealth preservation not income or profit. Precious Metals are money. One doesn't pay property taxes on Precious Metals. Precious Metals are liquid , People have no problem selling them. Good point about how real estate can be seen as liability. I always preferred renting and so i will in the future. Actually it starts when buying a house. If you pay the whole price in cash, well, then you bind so much of your capital at once. On the other hand, if you take a loan, you pay 2-3 times the money the house actually was selling for.