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Mark said - There are other advantages, such as a very favorable tax status, possibility of blistering appreciation, "pride of home/small business ownership", etc. But the main reason I invest in RE is LEVERAGE.

Presumably you don't really mean you do this purely for "leverage", rather for the extraordinary returns that leverage can generate. In your view and experience - returns that decimate the less risky ruturns available via REIT's.

Leverage is a two edged sword, as they say - it can swing bably against you in cases of vacancy and/or negative cash flow.

You reference returns of "infinity" which indicates down payments of zero followed by positive cash flow. Do you consider yourself to be in a unique market or is this achievable in any market? Let me guess, your tenants are young polynesian women who like to prepay rent and do home repairs and yard maintenance as favored hobbies... 11
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