Subway11- I prefer using real estate because it is an asset that produces investment income that I can also use.
I currently own a beachfront vacation condo with sweeping ocean views. I simply rent in part of the time and it pays for my bills and then I get to enjoy it the rest of the year.
If I rented it full time all year I would make a nice profit but then I would not get to enjoy it.
Income producing investments are great to have because the money that you receive every month helps to offset your other expenses.
Many people use real estate as a means of generating investment income which allows the tenant to fund your mortgage and pay off your properties.
I usually have one outstanding mortgage at a time so that if the tenant does not pay, it will not be a problem on my end.