Real Estate is the best investment since land will always go up due to limited supply and increasing demand.
Depreciation on real estate is the best expense tax write off (it is non-cash).
You should own properties of under 200000 and rent them out to tenants. You should rent to live in properties over 200000. This is because the rent to value of the home ratio decreases for more expensive homes.
TIC (Tenant-in-common) where you own a % of the apartment is the least expensive option.