NOW is the best time to buy a few homes and rent them for a few years. The equity you will build from purchasing a REO single family home will out pace every other investment you can find today. If you buy up to 4 to 5 homes in the next 9 months you will be a paper millionaire in 3 years. You can do this by focusing on very affordable homes and finding a few good renters who work for a living. If you need some cash to get started, share this plan with a buyer who works with you and collect commissions!