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It is just absolutely impossible (and foolish) to predict the stock market. And when it starts to drop, your hands are tied. You don’t have options.

And who knows when it will stop? Ask 5 investing “experts,” and you will get at least 5 different answers.

What is much easier to anticipate are real estate returns. You have much more control over how the story ends.

If you’re buying property to rent out, you control who lives there. You either choose them yourself, or you delegate that decision making to someone you trust. If that person doesn’t perform, you can choose to remove them and get another person in there. Your hands aren’t tied. And if renting doesn’t work out for you, you can choose to sell the property. You have options.

If you are purchasing property to fix and flip, you control who does the work, what finishes are installed, and the timeline for the project, for the most part. And if the market changes during the course of your rehab, you can choose to rent it out until the market corrects itself. Your hands aren’t tied. You have options.

Real estate is an excellent way to diversify your portfolio for several reasons:

5 Ways Real Estate Wins Big Where Stocks Fall Short

People will always need a place to live.

There will always be a strong demand for rental properties, whether temporary or long-term, provided you choose the right area. Not everyone has the desire or the means to own their own property. Since the 2008 crash—caused in large part by shady lending practices—loan requirements have tightened considerably. It’s a lot more difficult to get a loan, and not everyone can qualify through the new, stricter rules, even if they can afford…