time to invest in real estate As the dust from 2013 begins to settle, many begin to focus on their investments and how they performed over the past year compared to what was anticipated. By taking a look at where a particular stock or mutual fund is today with its value at the beginning of the year, you can discover exactly where you made money and where you, well, didn’t make money. Some stocks came out well and so did mutual funds.

On the first full trading day of 2013, the DJIA closed at 13,412. And throughout the remaining year, the average began a steady climb and rushed with a flurry to close over 16,000 toward the end of 2013. Not really all that bad, is it?

Not if you were holding the stocks in one of the 30 companies that make up the DJIA. And even if you weren’t it’s still possible that you ended up on the positive side with a stock or mutual fund. That’s certainly better than 2012 and 2011. But then again, there were losses as well. Those who invest in stocks and mutual funds learn to take the bad along with the good and look for long term averages and less so on picking individual stocks. On the other hand however, there are plenty more that like to stock pick. Either method can work, but the final risk is always there—a company can lose some of its value on any trading day or lose value altogether in the event of a catastrophic event such as a bankruptcy.

Yet neither individual stocks nor mutual funds provide the safety of real estate investing. Investing in real estate means putting your money to work in a real asset, one that you can physically see and drive by if you wanted. Plus, working with an experienced real estate investment firm who specializes in finding undervalued real estate, rehabilitating them and then selling for a profit provide an opportunity to yield double digit returns regardless of what the Dow is doing.

As you review your portfolio’s performance over the past year, compare it to what you could make investing in real estate. You may soon find that a seismic shift occurs in your fund allocation. Why make five percent or so per year when you may routinely make three to four times that amount?