Inflation benefits real estate investors that earn income from their properties. This benefits the investors with multi-family rental units the most. This is because higher home prices often mean higher rent. Being able to increase your properties rent while keeping your mortgage the same gives an opportunity to pocket more monthly income.
Real estate gives a unique opportunity, as home prices rise over time it lowers the loan-to-value of any mortgage debt, this acts as a discount to any investor with a mortgage. This causes the property equity to increase while the fixed-rate mortgage payments remain the same.
Property values tend to be on an upwards curve over time. This acts a good investment but also can provide a steady cash flow for investors over time. Investing in multi-family properties is one way to use real estate as a hedge. These include shorter term leases allowing an investor to adjust rent prices more frequently to adjust with the market. Unlike commercial real estate where the lease terms which usually have multi-year business terms.
Apartment complexes are unique as they are always in demand. The demand for these tends to increase when home prices rise as well. This means apartment complexes would be likely to have many long-term leases and tenants, giving investors the opportunity to start new leases at adjusted rates.
While there are many aspects of inflation that are difficult to avoid, real estate is one way to protect yourself.