Retired IT type businessman. Spend lots of time on due diligence research; sometimes it helps, sometimes it doesn't. Have done pretty well past 5 years, but then, any idiot could probably have made money buying in March 2009. The acid test will be the next 12-18 months. Some days you are the bug, some days you're the windshield. Tried real estate for 20 years. Same thing happens, only in slow motion. Turned out pretty well for me only it took a lot longer and had to put up with pesky tenants.