A few days ago, a friend was visiting, and she remarked that I had the same real estate investing book on my shelf as she has on hers. Neither of us has ever invested in real estate, other than the houses we live in. (I don’t consider a primary residence an investment because my family and I need a place to live – but that, as they say, is a topic for another post.) She knows I that invest in stocks, and she asked why I had chosen stocks over real estate. Here’s the answer.