Should Real Estate be a Part of Your Investment Portfolio?

Submitted by S. Leonhard Real estate is often used as part of a long term investment strategy to increase diversification and provide a hedge against inflation.  Historically, the real estate industry indexes have shown a low correlation with the return of stock and bond investments.  Well occupied properties with long term leases provide a very stable cash flow and can act like an annuity or similar low risk bond investment. If your only experience with real estate is buying your home, building a real estate investment portfolio involves a very…