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A diverse investment portfolio helps protect against risk. One asset class you can consider that has had historically strong annual returns is commercial real estate. In fact, this asset class has at times outperformed the S&P 500 during the past two decades and offers high returns on annual income, averaging 7.2 percent per CoStar Realty Information, Inc. In comparison, stocks may generate high returns over time, but offer very low returns until they are sold. 

The simple reason for CRE’s advantage over stocks is that rent payments typically generate income for investors during the entire holding period — from the moment the property is purchased until it is sold.

Thanks to iintoo, an innovative online investment platform that provides convenient access to CRE, investors can get into this alternative asset class with just $30,000. The experts at iintoo offer investors hand-picked, pre-vetted real estate deals. 

Across the hundreds of real estate opportunities evaluated by iintoo each year, only ~10 percent are approved. This due-diligence process examines all aspects of each project and analyzes developers’ business plans to ensure that they meet iintoo’s standards.

To learn more about investing in commercial real estate, download iintoo’s report today, and find out how you can get direct access to premium real estate opportunities from industry experts.

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Last year, Petra Ecclestone, daughter of Formula 1 boss Bernie Ecclestone, gave the California housing market a boost when she bought 90210 widow Candy Spelling's 57,000 square foot mansion for $85 million, as a crash pad for when she's in Los Angeles (she also owns a six-story house in London’s Chelsea neighborhood purchased for £56 million). Around the same time, Petra's sister, Tamara, paid $70 million for "a 16,000-square-foot historic brick home across the road from Kensington Palace." And while some would simply write the Sisters Ecclestone off as spoiled rich girls whose parents have footed the bill for these places (mom is Slavica Radic, a former Croatian model who lent Petra $82.4 million for the LA house), the Wall Street Journal sees what the haters will not: a couple of savvy investors who you might consider asking to manage your money. In an interview with the paper, which dubbed the Sisters Ecclestone "The First New Family of Real Estate," Tamara explained her investment thesis: Wearing Lululemon yoga pants and a fitted hoodie, Ms. Ecclestone sat in her living room, overlooking an outdoor lap pool, and explained that she sees their real estate holdings as smart purchases. "I think London [property] is a really good investment," she said. "There's no bank in the world that can give you that return." Ecclestone also shared some pearls of wisdom re: dealing with critics looking to bring you down, of which her fellow billionaires, newly minted or old, should take note. Last year Ms. Ecclestone starred in a reality program about her life called "Billion $$ Girl." One episode depicted her taking her dogs to Harrod's for facials and pedicures. Another shows her debating cancelling a meeting because she woke up with a pimple on her face. Her participation in the show, in the midst of a recession, drew criticism from many, including her father. Mr. Ecclestone said he could barely make it through one episode. "I spoke to her before and said… 'They're never going to show you in a good light,' " he said. "She was stupid to do it." Ms. Ecclestone took the criticisms in stride. "It's like water off a duck's back," she said. The First New Family Of Real Estate [WSJ]