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Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster Real Estate - Gainesville, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

She should become a hard money lender.  She'd make more than investing in real estate.

Sep 22, 2016 03:41 AM
Susan Emo
Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage - Kingston, ON
Kingston and the 1000 Islands Area

I would suggest Seniors' Residences, Assisted Living Complex or Donut Shops!  A fortune to be made in all 3 !

Sep 22, 2016 02:57 AM
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

Residential rentals! Her biggest obstacle will be herself. Rentals work and the better the location, the higher the purchase but guaranteed return over time

Sep 22, 2016 03:51 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

That's a tough one Fred, as it's so hard to predict where there will be long term appreciation and real estate markets also crash (and have in places no one expected them to do).

Sep 22, 2016 03:27 AM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Land can be a good long term appreciation vehicle, if purchased and managed well.

I would not recommend rentals to 90% of the population.

Sep 22, 2016 05:40 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


In real estate, I would suggest a NNN investment.  Example would be a Home Depot, Costco, or any other companyor any other large retailer that pays the rent, maintains the property on their own dime, and the investor gets a check.  This is as safe as it gets.  The cap rate is quite low, but better than a savings account.  Of course, some of these big companies may get in trouble.  No guarantees.  A

Sep 22, 2016 03:13 AM
Bob Betel
Allstar Home Mortgage, Inc. - Sweetwater, TN
President, Allstar Home Mortgage, Inc

Asking a question like this, you are bound to already know the answers you're getting. It's like going to a car dealership and asking the question "I have $50,000 to spend on anything, what should I buy?" Everyone there is going to say a car!  There are too many questions that we don't really know. How old is she?, What is her net worth? Other investments? Does she work? What is her income? Based on the question only, I would not invest in real estate. Ask her if she would be happy with these returns on an investment. YTD +8.24%, 1Yr +14.56%, 3 Yr +10.70%, 5 Yr +16.51%, 10 YR 7.45% 15 Yr +7.72%.

So what is this great investment? Why it's the returns on the S & P 500 Index funds. My advise, have her talk to her financial investment guy and make sure she diversifies her portfolio.



Sep 23, 2016 03:33 AM
Jennifer Mackay
Counts Real Estate Group, Inc. - Panama City, FL
Your Bay County Florida Realtor 850.774.6582

My vote is both commercial and residential income property

Commercial - look for a strong industrial area possibly with those steel buildings - these tend to be inexpensive and you may be able to get a few

Residential - I suggest quad units or larger - if possible an entire rental community - also moble home parks are very good investments - cheap and always filled specially during down turns in the economy

Just my 2 cents worth

Sep 23, 2016 12:47 AM
Kathleen Luiten
Resort and Second-Home Specialist - Princeville, HI
Kauai Luxury Ocean Home Sales

Senior living facilites or land per Jeff Pearl's advice. 

Sep 22, 2016 05:35 AM
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

 Texas apts? Watch out on these property managers. A few will sell your apts and flee to south.....

I suggest REITs as she is already heavily committed in RE. Personally, the SF Bay Area  bubble is felt on high end for over 1 year now. 6000 sf lot with a shack for $1.6M ? 


Sep 22, 2016 04:04 AM
Linda Burgin
Keller William - Tampa, FL

Maybe tax liens?

Sep 22, 2016 03:54 AM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Happily Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

pay cash for land.... they don't make land in a middle income town.... 

Sep 22, 2016 03:53 AM
Lyn Sims
Schaumburg, IL
Real Estate Broker Retired

Don't know other than someone yesterday said if you have a jittery stomach get out of the stock market. This must be one of those people.

I can't give advice other than residential. Why not hire a good management company to take all the hassles off her back?

Sep 22, 2016 03:52 AM
Jeff Pearl
RE/MAX Distinctive / LIC in VA - Lovettsville, VA
Full Service Full Time Realtor

Buy and hold land, in path of population shift is better. Check zoning, prices, potential, proximity to airports, hospital, majr roads, towns, etc.

Sep 22, 2016 03:31 AM
Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

I would suggest a real estate equity fund.  Like this one here is Dallas:

Sep 22, 2016 02:54 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

I found it interesting what Ron and Alexandra Seigel suggested...some good one has a crystal ball!

Sep 24, 2016 08:22 AM
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

I would be scared to suggest anything. They should just diversify.I only help them buy when they tell me what they are looking for.

Sep 23, 2016 10:03 PM
Olga Simoncelli
Veritas Prime, LLC dba Veritas Prime Real Estate - New Fairfield, CT
CONSULTANT, Real Estate Services & Risk Management

Not the stock market. Manhattan is smart, although there is quite a bit of new construction coming onstream and those would be residential rentals. Bonds are safer, usually have lower volatility; junk bonds (non-investment grade) have higher returns, have longer-term maturities and back-ended repayment terms, but are riskier. Your friend should be discussing this with her professional advisers who know her, her long-term objectives and her risk sensitivities.

Sep 23, 2016 06:09 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Wow,  I would have her talk to someone else.

Sep 23, 2016 04:10 AM
Jessie Cochran
Counts Real Estate Group, Inc. - Panama City, FL
Panama City Realty Group

I'm with Jennifer Mackay on this one - she specializes in investors

Sep 23, 2016 01:06 AM
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

I am thinking the same about stocks. Just look at all the laws and taxes put in place to start next year "after Obama leaves." It will strangle us unless the new prez quickly changes them or wipes them out. If not look for a downward trend..... NOW where to invest. Look to the areas people will always want to go in a upward tick or downward turn. The ocean. Seacoast communities. I liked mix use investments that tend to be steady

Sep 22, 2016 10:58 PM
Candice A. Donofrio
Next Wave RE Investments LLC Bullhead City AZ Commercial RE Broker - Fort Mohave, AZ
928-201-4BHC (4242) call/text

I would suggest a lot of demographic research. A STNL with a national tenant could also be good. Risk is very reduced and she gets cash flow and appreciation.

Sep 22, 2016 10:55 PM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Buy shares in a real estate investment trust.

Sep 22, 2016 10:20 PM
Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Serving the Greater Phoenix and Scottsdale Metropolitan Area - Scottsdale, AZ
Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty

Parked and reading...

Sep 22, 2016 09:07 PM
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

I here similar concerns about possible future crash. Whatever she decides to invest, she should closely monitor that business. For my area 2 mln is not much, so depends where she wants to land them. 

Sep 22, 2016 04:52 PM
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Fred Griffin Susan Emo has  a perfect answer!

Sep 22, 2016 04:48 PM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

I believe in owning rental property. I have lost a lot of money in the stock market. Not in real estate Fred.

Sep 22, 2016 03:23 PM
Diana Zaccaro Broker Associate
Tropical Beachside brokered by eXp - Cocoa Beach, FL
"The Accidental Blogger" Cocoa Beach, Florida

What about rehab? Fix and flip?

Sep 22, 2016 03:00 PM
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH@Properties - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

I only know residential, so I couldn't go beyond advice on residential investments, which I really like.

Sep 22, 2016 12:48 PM
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

Being a money manager for someone other than me is just not my thing.

Sep 22, 2016 12:28 PM
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

Land unless it is being developedis slow growing and has expenses.  In aorder to gain more than a good stock portfolio, some kind of a rental is almost a must deoending on the time frame

Sep 22, 2016 11:58 AM
Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Fred Griffin Ron and Alexandra Seigel have a good suggestion. Is this her total investment or is she willing to leverage her funds? 

Sep 22, 2016 07:57 AM
Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

If this 'investor' is seeking a no-stress real estate investment, they are following a pixie dust trail. There is no place offering attractive profit that does not come with it's unique poison pill.

Your client should search and discover how Warren Buffet solved the 'property management' problem before he purchased 30,000 sfh.

Also consider more stock in health care, REIT, container companies. Or, for a good time have her watch SHARKTANK and call the ones that did not get an offer. That should be fun.

Sep 22, 2016 07:30 AM
Caroline Gerardo
Licensed in 20 states - Newport Beach, CA
C. G. Barbeau the Loan Lady nmls 324982

1. Commercial building with skylights and secure fencing that she adds security system and living space inside in south western state with mild summer temperature as air conditioning may cut down on profitability of "the farming corporation" that she leases the building to-- look for a tobacco brand looking to get into pot farming. (oh my oh my I don't smoke it or condone it but tenant must be of corporate nature not a couple guys with rainbow tie dye shirts)

2. Invest in a REIT that does the work

3. Buy three different properties: 1. Coastal California like Carlsbad single family, 2. Maine single family  3. Texas in a university town like Austin.  I expect residential real estate to decline in 2018- buy when it dips. All three houses MUST have a view.

or infill lots where they are buildable in the following markets:

where job markets are strong Best if she can buy 2 or 3 lots next to one another to sell to a builder - neigborhood comparable houses should sell for more than $900000. lot costs $400000- 500000 must have curbs, gutters and utilities

DO NOT invest in commercial where someone else is the general partner, been there done that and he and his family bled the project dry

Sep 22, 2016 07:23 AM
Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

Real estate has risks no matter what type of property it is. I would suggest property development in an area that is growing. That is almost sure to appreciate.

Sep 22, 2016 06:28 AM
Katina Hargrove 352-551-0308
Stake Your Land Realty, Inc. - Eustis, FL
Broker/Owner, SFR®, e-PRO®, GRI, AHWD, REALTOR®

Good afternoon Fred,

She has good reason to be worried. I would recommend new constructions here in Royal Trails, Lake County Florida. Your friend can hold the mortgages.

Sep 22, 2016 04:36 AM
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

I like Susan Emo's idea of senior living/assisted living/nursing homes.  Since Dunkin' Donuts is coming back to So Cal, I'm liking that thought too.

Sep 22, 2016 03:26 AM
Eve Alexander
Buyers Broker of Florida - Tampa, FL
Exclusively Representing ONLY Tampa Home Buyers

Orlando...the fastest growing/rebounding city in Florida.  Land on big lakes...ideally on the chains of lakes.


Sep 22, 2016 02:39 AM