I always hear real estate this, real estate that... Here is what I keep thinking about... Let's say you buy a single family home for $320,000. You put a family there for rent for $1400/month. It will take you 229 months (or 19 years) to get $320,000 from that house (and that is if they don't f?ck up the house royally). So let's say you are 30 years old of the time of purchase of that house. 20 years down the road you want to sell it. So you got your $320,000 from the house, plus you can probably sell it for what? $550,000? Let's say $600,000. So in total, you made $600,000 ... after 20 years... NOT $30,000 every year, but a one big $ in 20 years... ... Am I doing it right? If I am.. that I don't think it is worth it at all... I'll be 50 years old... and have half a million... Thats already too old to enjoy all the 'fun things'. Or going with the other route... Buy a condo before its done building for $200,000, sell it for $230,000 when its done building. There is your route for $30,000/year which seems more promising, but still a little meh.. thoughts? opinions?