Everyone always says to diversify using real estate, but how do you actually do it?
Investing in real estate can come in many forms, including owning properties yourself, investing in group syndication/crowdfunding, or investing in REITS (real estate investment trusts). You can own - or partner in - single family homes, apartment buildings, and commercial properties, amongst others. If you're really ambitious, you can flip homes. This page is intended to give you resources. If you just need inspiration to get started, the book Rich Dad, Poor Dad (here) is the inspiration for so many of us who are big advocates of real estate investing.
Introductory Books and Resources
A good basic overview here
Discusses finding, negotiating, financing, and being tax savvy here.
Info about commercial real estate here.
Multifamily housing info here.
How to vet real estate deals info here.
I highly recommend checking out www.biggerpockets.com for their real estate educational resources, which are excellent - including a great forum and a podcast. They also have a great intro document to real estate and if you sign up for an account, a FREE introductory course on real estate investing.
Many physicians are interested in crowdfunding opportunities, because it comes with less hassle than owning property directly yourself, and want the benefit of having experienced eyes picking out the opportunities. Real estate syndication deals are one way to get around this and still get many of the benefits. But not everyone has access to people that they trust with whom they can engage in syndicate deals or they may not have the capital to invest in these (often $25-50k), and therefore, real estate crowdfunding sites have become very popular. They allow you to invest smaller sums of money and pick out your investments. Additionally, on some of them, you do not have to be an accredited investor, which most syndicates require (this is not a certification, but a set of criteria you have to meet). Those are most of the pros. Cons: There may be more middleman fees than some syndicates you find yourself. Additionally, these sites are incentivized to maintain quality for reputation purposes, but may not have skin in the game for results of the opportunities but rather for getting investors.
Disclosure: This page contains affiliate links (which help support the group), but I'd recommend them regardless!