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When the stock market is returning 8% a year, the steady income from a rental might not seem so exciting. But if the stock market continues to go sideways, the steady income will seem a lot more atractive to people.

That's one of the main reasons I'm considereding it besides the fact that I own one rental property already.

By no means would I pull money out of investments or in any way curtail future investments, but it seems that, done properly, being a landlord is just another form of diversification for your retirement portfolio.

The stock market might go down 20% (hmm, when did that last happen? :P ), but I'd still be colllecting the same amount of rent. :P

Thanks to everyone for the anecdotes and thoughts on things I need to consider.

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