Rental properties give you, the investor, the power to determine your profits. Let's be clear: Buying a home doesn't always give you the biggest return on your money. From 1890 to 2012 the inflation-adjusted return on a house was 0.17% — a fraction of the 6.27% return for investments in the stock market over the same time period. But there is a way to earn similar, or even greater, investment returns in real estate: owning a rental property. In this case, you're getting paid...

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