Investing in real estate took off in a big way after the stock market crash following the Internet bubble. Unfortunately, the rush to invest in real estate was fueled by speculation, bad mortgage products, and too many people with too little understanding. The resulting real estate market crash left many people with too little equity, too little capital, and too many mortgages heading for foreclosure. Now, more than ever, real estate can be a smart investment, if you understand what you are doing. These articles will help make sure that your real estate investments are made based on sound ideas and strategies.