After the tumultuous transition from 2012 to 2013, many of us are wondering what to expect this year — especially where the real estate market is concerned. We already know that housing should continue a modest recovery, but what other changes will we see? Below we highlight some of the major trends industry insiders are predicting for the upcoming months.

U.S. economists agree that the housing market appears to be on the mend. This has many investors wondering: Is it safe to invest in real estate again? While many signs seem to point toward “yes,” it’s important to consider the potential impact this type of investment may have on your wealth preservation plan. Looking at two strategies — purchasing rental property and buying into real estate investment trusts — we cover the pros and cons of investing in real estate at the present time.