Yes, there is. If you are willing to make a long-term investment, the traditional methods of acquiring real estate still work. Despite the buyer’s or seller’s market phase, real estate does appreciate in value over the long term.
The home you live in is an investment. Keep it well-maintained. Add upgrades as you are able to. After a few years, that home will appreciate in value.
Purchase an additional home and rent out that property. Make sure the rent covers the mortgage on the property plus a sufficient amount to cover maintenance, repairs, and profit. Again, keep it well-maintained and add upgrades as you can afford to.
Another good investment in real estate is the two-flat or three-flat apartment building. These buildings usually have two to four individual apartments in a free-standing building. Because of the size, you do not need to hire a full-time custodian.
Finally, vacation or summer rental homes and property can be a good investment. Some of the very wealthy real estate investors began by buying property around a lake or in a resort area. Sometimes you can get this property cheaply if the owner needs to sell because of other debts or if the family is no longer interested in using this a summer retreat.
If you are willing to hold the real estate while it increases in value, most real estate will become a positive investment.