Originally Posted by TimelessClassic
As Mark Twain said "These are the best of times. These are the worst of times."
actually it was Charles Dickens.
I now have 2 rentals, 2 apartments each. If I'd known then what I know now, I wouldn't have put all my money in retirement accts, just rental properties. They do require some maintainence even with good tenants but those can be written off as tax deductions, as can taxes and insurance.
Buy one if it won't strain your budget too much and see how you make out. it's not for everyone-you can't just say 'it's done' because it never is.