It is told of this Baron Rothschild that in the days following the defeat of France in the Franco-Prussian War, when the mob ruled Paris, that a friend went to him and said “What are you going to do to protect your interests in this dreadful hour?” The Baron said to him, “Can you keep a secret?” He said, “Yes,” and the Baron said, “Well, if the truth must be told, I am protecting myself by buying real estate.” His friend said, “Do you mean to say you are buying real estate with the gutters of Paris running with blood and the city in the hands of a mob?”
Rothschild said, “Yes, my friend, I mean that very thing, and that is the only time, when the gutters are running with blood, that you can buy real estate at 50 cents on the dollar.”
While perhaps not as catastrophic as Paris in 1871, we’re certainly living in challenging times. There are some tremendous deals out there, in particular in markets that saw the most dramatic surge of boom-time overbuilding.
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