Depending on your financial situation, real estate investing is most likely a very big decision for you. As such, it will inevitably require much effort, time, and energy (sorry people, but there will be work involved). Each investment needs to thought of as a complete business cycle: planning phase, start-up/buying phase, management/maintenance phase, exit/selling.
The good news is that with a little bit of money and the help of some professionals, it is possible to become a successful real estate investor.
Take into consideration how much time and work you are comfortable with, and then consider your options based on this. In general, more work and more risk translates to higher returns. If you want a completely passive investment (very little work) with low risk, then you can typically expect lower returns. Other factors to consider are risk-level, security of investment, rate of return, invesment amount, & length of term. If you are considering purchasing real estate as an investment, please contact me and I will be happy to discuss options and courses of action. I will take the time to explain the ins and outs of each investment, from risks to rewards, upsides to downsides, making sure that the client has a complete understanding of the entire investment before moving ahead.