It seems that trading REITS for income purposes is a more liquid and diverse way to invest in real estate. Many REITS are still yielding 7%+. Here in the northeast one could buy a 1 br. condo for 200,000 and rent monthly for about 1000. This would yield about 6% per year. The big difference of course is leverage. You only need maybe 5% down to buy the condo. If you go full leverage in a trading account you need at least 50 % down. I wonder if there is anyway around this. Obviously no bank is going to loan anyone 200,000k to go buy REITS. Besides the obvious "real esate is about to burst" coments I'd be interested to hear what people have to say about this. Although R.E. is overpriced I really like the idea if a fairly steady income stream. Ideally I would love to use leverage to buy REITS, but the leverage potential just isn;t there. Any thoughts.