The buying and owning of real estate can be part of an investment strategy that can bring in satisfying returns on investment. You often need to put down just 20 percent of the value of the property to purchase a property and then arrange the balance over some time. This gives you control of the acquired asset immediately papers are signed, and opens avenues to start generating income from the full value of the property.
You can become a landlord and start leasing out the property so that it starts generating income immediately even though you have not fully paid for it. You can start investing in real estate by buying an undervalued or foreclosed property, improve it, and make it marketable and sell it at a substantial profit.
You can also join groups that invest in real estate or buy into real estate investment trusts.