I think everyone can agree its a great time to buy houses now, prices are low, have you noticed rental prices falling? Not in my neighborhood, they have went up. Owner financing deals abound. If you have ready cash from loans available you can buy houses for cash at a discount. You can buy tax lien certificates. There are millions of ways to construct a deal and then you can rent or sell rent to own or contract for deed. I have sold a few houses this way and it has worked out great. Usually they refinance the properties and pay me off early. Its a awesome time to have cash on hand. Can you imaging having a few million on hand after the great depression? were kinda at that point assets are going cheap but they still generate more than they cost if bought correctly.