In a recession, the value of property can plummet. Any attempt to resell at that time would mean you lose a lot. Nonetheless if you invest in residential real estate for example, whether there is a slump or not, you'll still be collecting rent for as long as you got tenants. If you are lucky, that's if you buy property that's strategically located in a place where you'll always have tenants [or won't have trouble finding them] . . . Question: is owning such property safer/better than buying stocks, trading, etc?