Bank Leumi predicts that real estate prices in Israel will rise by 5-10% in this coming year. Demand for apartments – both sales and rentals – is far ahead of available housing stock, even with all the new projects underway. Incentives from government agencies to boost housing starts may result in an increase in new home starts from the current 35,000-40,000 a year to 40-45,000 in 2011, still not enough to meet demand. So, while the housing market may be crashing all around you, here in Israel your money will be safe. If you plant it in the fertile ground of the Eretz, you can be guaranteed to improve your investment portfolio.