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"What we can see from the above chart is that most regular investors do not have a way into this market at scale."

Nothing wrong, in my view, in entering the market not at scale.

It depends on what one deems a "regular" investor, but I'm sure there are people who might start with acquiring one single family home as an investment/rental property.

Of course one has to buy it right in the first place, manage it, and be aware of the landlord/tenant laws and regulations in one's area.  It certainly isn't as simple as buying stock, which one can do with a few mouseclicks these days.

But it isn't as difficult or time consuming as starting many other types of businesses as most of the activity will occur between tenants (repainting, fixing, repairing, and finding the next tenant).

Of course, it isn't without risk (as the housing downturn has proven), but purchasing an individual single family home as a rental property can be a very nice part of a diversified investment portfolio.

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