While both are classified as ‘growth’ investment assets, property and
shares are very different. A property is a physical asset, a share is part
ownership of the company you invest in. Both have historically good long-term
returns, however shares require a much smaller up-front investment which are
usually ‘liquid’ (easily sold), and don’t have the high buying and selling
costs that a property does. A residential property has the obvious advantage of
giving you a roof over your head.
You can also invest in either through listed or unlisted managed-style investments, such as managed funds, exchange traded funds (ETFs) and Australian Real Estate Investment Trusts (A-REITs). See our Investing money guide for more information.