Investing In Real Estate vs Stocks – What Are The Risks?

Investing In Real Estate vs Stocks

I recently spoke to a new member (44-yr-old anesthesiologist) of our Passive Investors Circle. He was currently heavily invested in the stock market (mainly index funds and a few single stocks) and wanted to know more about real estate investing.

He was looking to diversify his portfolio but also wanted to start growing an income source that would allow him to tap into before he reached early retirement age as he didn’t want to work past 55.

On the flip side, as a father of two, he also wanted something that wasn’t risky.

Two of our personal investment goals (as a father of two boys) is purchasing assets that provide:

I get many questions involving risk as it relates to real estate investing vs how it compares with the stock market.

Let’s dive into investing in real estate vs stocks to see how they compare….

Investment Risk

Investment risk can be defined as the probability of occurrence of losses relative to the expected return on any particular investment.

In other words, it’s a measure of the level of uncertainty of achieving the returns as per the expectations of the investor. 

Unfortunately, 60% of Americans find investing to be scary or
intimidating, according to a new independent market survey.

Alternatively, 60% also recognize that “someday” they will need
greater financial security than what they currently have.

Too many people are putting off to tomorrow what they should be doing (or investing) today.

I’m sure you have read the investment warnings – Past performance is no guarantee of future results or There are no guarantees when it comes to investing

Frequently patients ask me how long dental implants last. Specifically they want to know if they’re guaranteed to last forever.

As you and I both know, NOTHING is guaranteed expect death and taxes. I know I’m going to die one day and pay taxes (a lot of them!).

Whether you choose to invest in real estate or the stock market or both, neither is guaranteed.

But I will say this: The MORE you educate yourself, the less risk you’ll encounter.

The key is not to look for investments that are risk-free (that doesn’t exist), but to understand the risks thoroughly, determine your threshold for risk, and ensure that you’re doing everything you can to mitigate risk.

Make sense?

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4 Risks You SHOULD Know Before Investing

Risk #1 – Market Correction

Stock Market

One of the most common fears and possibly the biggest reason would-be investors remain on the sidelines is for fear of a sudden market correction.

During a downturn, investors may exit quickly like we saw during the COVID-19 pandemic (which only solidifies their losses).

Others aim to accept short-term losses in exchange for long-term gains. Historically, the market bounces back, but clinging to that “trust” is challenging during the downward trend.

Multifamily Real Estate Investments

Recessions are sometimes good for commercial multifamily real estate investments, especially for workforce housing.

In good times, incomes and savings rates are higher, which means more people tend to move up to class A (luxury) apartments.

When faced with layoffs or pay cuts, homeowners may sell, and renters of class A apartments may downgrade to more affordable apartments (class B or C).

Hence, during a recession, demand for apartments actually tends to go up, thereby decreasing the risk.

Risk #2 – Competition

Stock Market

When Netflix stormed the scene, they beat out Blockbuster because not only did they target the same audience, but they also got ahead of the technology and consumer trends.

Consumers don’t have insight into technology development or companies’ operations. Thus, new competitors can have a significant impact on investment returns.

Multifamily Real Estate Investments

Multifamily competitors don’t just spring up out of nowhere, because space, zoning, and permits are limited. When new apartments are built, they’re always class A (i.e. newer luxury tier) apartment buildings. 

Since the demand for workforce and affordable housing is on the rise, the risk of having high vacancy in well-maintained class B and C apartment buildings is fairly low.

Risk #3 – Consumer Behavior 

Stock Market

Stock market investors bet on the success of companies who create
products for people to use. Facebook, iPhones, Happy Meals, and soap are all consumable products.

However, it’s impossible to predict the term length of those products’ and companies’ popularity. Blockbuster had a long reign, but when technology and consumer behavior changed, the company stagnated, dragging investors down with it.

Multifamily Real Estate Investments

When you invest in real estate, you’re investing in a basic human need that will never go away: the need for shelter.

As long as humans have existed, we’ve required a roof over our heads, and that need has only strengthened over time, especially with rising population trends.

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Risk #4 – Lack of Control and Transparency

Stock Market

Investing in stocks is like buying a train ticket. The train is leaving, with or without you. Whether you’re on board or not is up to you.

When the market is sailing upward, the ride is smooth and exciting. During a correction, a terrible, helpless feeling takes over.


The conductor (CEO) is unreachable and you better buckle up.

Choo! Choo!

Multifamily Real Estate Investments

When you invest in a real estate syndication, you know exactly who the deal sponsor is, and you can reach out directly to ask questions and provide feedback.

Further, when you invest in a solid syndication, you can be assured that there are multiple buffers in place to protect investor capital, such as reserves, insurance, and experienced professionals to handle the unexpected.

Plus, with monthly and quarterly updates, you have ongoing transparency into each deal.


There’s certainly no one “right” way to invest. The key is to invest. Period.

Analysis paralysis will kill your investing success.

Understand the risks going in, and just do it.

You know all of that CASH you got sitting in your savings account?

That’s right. I know about it….

It’s losing value (because of inflation) with every passing second.

And if someone offers you a “Risk Free” investment or a “Guaranteed” return, Run Forest Run !! 

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