The unemployment rate for December, released last week, surprised many on Wall Street. Yes, the rate did in fact drop from 7.0 to 6.7 percent, but it was quickly revealed the drop was due to nearly 350,000 people exiting the work force. That’s the largest drop in more than 30 years.

For the weeks private mortgage ntoesleading up to the number, most investors were looking for some final confirmation that the recovery was well on its way after two straight months of 200,000+ gains in non-farm payroll numbers.

That led to a rise in stocks as well as mutual funds while cautiously awaiting the January 10 report. A strong report, at least a report near the October and November numbers, would continue the gains in equities. But that didn’t happen. Investors who have been waiting for some solid, double digit returns just like in the good old days must continue to wait. That is of course if the investors have their funds in the stock market. But not for those who invest in real estate and private notes.

Investors have the opportunity to participate with EquityBuild Finance. Investors who partner with EquityBuild Finance to acquire, rehabilitate and sell distressed properties routinely find double digit returns, all secured by real estate. Investors have the opportunity to evaluate each investment as they are discovered. The EquityBuild Finance team facilitates the private mortgage investment transaction including the underwriting, title, legal and even the servicing of the note.

Private investors don’t have to follow the whims of the stock markets or worry about the next unemployment report. Their strategy doesn’t rely on volatile, unpredictable reports released by no end of government agencies. Those with a smattering of mutual funds and money market accounts may spread their risk somewhat but the returns are paltry. Instead of researching economic trends or quarterly reports, take advantage of the opportunities private mortgages offer.