Famed investor Warren Buffett is betting on housing… literally.
Perhaps replaying a scene from a classic movie, the Berkshire Hathaway CEO has made a Trading-Places-esque $1 bet with former Office of Management and Budget director Peter Orszag that unemployment will fall below 8 percent before the next presidential election due to a strong housing rebound that will breathe life—and jobs—into the economy.
Buffett emphasized that while his bet rests on the job market, the true key is real estate. “I’ve got a bet with [Orszag about unemployment],” he said. “But… that’s because I think housing will come back before that. If I’m wrong about housing, I lose the bet.”
Buffett elaborated on Friday, telling Bloomberg Television that “he sees nothing that indicates any kind of double dip,” adding that he believes the real estate recovery “could begin relatively soon.”
Don’t miss out on your chance to bet with Buffett. Mortgage rates are at all-time lows at Newport Cove, and the only way to avoid losing a lot more than Peter Orszag’s dollar is to lock in those rates now.