Real Estate will always be a great investment. The market will change but long term you will be happy you are a homeowner.
Compare it to gold which you hear so much about. The value of gold over the last thirty years has not even kept up with inflation. On the other hand if you purchased a home 30 years ago you would have about a 250% gain even with the drop in values that we had. You also were able to live in the house and take advantage of all the tax deductions as well.