By all measures, the real estate sector, along with the rest of the economy, is roaring again. Just look at median home prices of existing homes. In July they were $244,100, a 5.3 percent rise from the same period a year before, according to the National Association of Realtors.
That, plus historically low interest rates, has made investors take notice.
"I used to have people say, 'I need a 6 percent yield on my investments to retire,'" said Michael Berry, a certified financial planner and CPA based in Seattle. "I don't know where you're going to find it these days, except in real estate."