Investing in real estate can be a smart move if you’re interested in creating new income streams. “Real estate can be a great way to generate passive income that’s not dependent on your principal employment,” says Rick Myers, founder and president of Integrated Financial Services in Grand Rapids, Michigan. As a landlord, you can reap the dual benefits of appreciation from your investment and ongoing rental income. That can help to ensure a more comfortable retirement or help to keep you afloat if an economic downturn results in the loss of your primary job. If you’re interested in using passive real estate investing strategies in your portfolio, here are seven rules to follow.