I have been thinking about experimenting with Real Estate investing through Fundrise. Fundrise is basically a platform that allows small investors to come together (pool money aka crowd fund) and invest in real estate developments around the country. I found some really exciting projects, complete with photos, plans and demographic info. Some folks are making 11% returns. This seems like a great way to get in on some real estate action without the need for massive amounts of money, dealing with banks and construction headaches.
So check out Fundrise.com. For as little as $1,000 you could invest in commercial and residential real estate.