A very popular real estate investment type is Single-Tenant Net Lease (STNL) ownership. A near or entirely passive investment with both pros and cons to the investor. Assuming the investor is making direct purchases of real estate properties, the STNL investment offers a tangible asset that can be very stable even in turbulent financial times.
1031 Exchanges are also very popular, not as an investment type but, as a structured timely sequence of real estate sale and purchase events where the capital gains are transferred to the acquired property. By transferring the capital gains, the taxes are thereby “deferred” to a period when the capital gains can best be absorbed and taxes paid.