Private Canadian commercial real estate investors are continuing to find their edge in direct investment opportunities. A Globe and Mail columnist recently wrote an appeal to investors stating they should look to invest in real estate rather than company stocks. In particular, there are two reasons to the media's encouragement to move away from long-term stock investments; the extremely volatility of the equities market and the vast layers of administration. The recent news of HP being replaced as a technology supplier to the Canadian government for 10 years is an example of how companies can be susceptible to stock market volatility. In contrast, direct investment in real estate, even through partnership structures, can provide individual investors with the advantages of tangible investments. Furthermore, these investment options blend both business and direct real estate investment allowing investors to benefit from the best of both worlds.