Ok chaps, looking for some advice. I have an investment bond just about to mature and am getting all the usual correspondance from Abbey International recommending different bonds to re-invest in. But in the current finacial climate I am a little cautious about what to do with the money. I don't need it immediatly but don't want to re-invest in something that may prove high risk. So, I got to thinking; what with property prices plummeting and people being turned down for mortgages surely there is an up turn in the leasing market? Would my money be better invested in a small flat which I can then rent (around Â£6-700 pcm in my area) and boost my pension? My situation is that I am mortgage free and, judging by property prices in the local papers this week, could just about afford a flat without going to the bank for a top up. Would this be a big gamble or are bricks and mortar still a good investment? Any help/advice is much appreciated.