What You Need to Know About Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITS)

What You Need to Know About Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITS)

  • Chris Price
  • 02/9/22

What You Need to Know About Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITS)

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A real estate investment trust is a corporation that owns, operates, or funds income-producing real estate. REITs, which are similar to mutual funds, have historically given regular income streams, diversity, and long-term capital appreciation to a wide range of investors.

  • Most real estate investment trusts (REITs) are traded on major stock exchanges, although there are also public non-listed REITs and private REITs. Equity REITs and mortgage REITs, sometimes known as mREITs, are the two basic types of REITs.
  • Equity REITs. These are income-producing properties that are owned and operated by real estate investment trusts.
  • Mortgage REITs – purchase or originate mortgages and mortgage-backed securities and receive income from the interest on these investments to fund income-producing real estate.
  • The Securities and Exchange Commission registers public non-listed REITs, although they do not trade on national stock exchanges.
  • Private REITs are securities that are not subject to SEC registration and whose shares are not traded on national stock markets. 

The real estate property categories that REITs invest in are offices, apartment complexes, warehouses, retail centers, medical facilities, data centers, cell towers, infrastructure, and hotels.

Retail real estate investment trusts (REITs) own and operate retail facilities and rent out space to tenants. REITs that focus on large regional malls, outlet centers, grocery-anchored shopping centers, and power centers with big-box shops are known as retail REITs. Net lease REITs operate standalone buildings with leases that require tenants to pay both rent and the bulk of the property's operational expenditures, such as taxes, utilities, and maintenance.

The primary purpose of acquiring REITs isn't to increase the return on your portfolio, though that does happen occasionally. The main reason is to reduce volatility, diversify the portfolio, and generate income. How do real estate investment trusts (REITs) mitigate risk? By delivering results that are frequently dissimilar to those of other key equity asset groups

Many advantages of real estate investing are obtained without the negatives by investing in a REIT. REITs provide investors with more liquidity than a direct investment in a real estate business or a rental property. Here are key points to remember when it comes to REITs:

  • REITs are real estate investment trusts (REITs). Real estate investors frequently use them.
  • Most REITs are publicly traded on a stock exchange such as the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE).
  • Since they are purchased and sold on the open market, publicly-traded REITs have more liquidity than non-traded REITs.
  • Since publicly-traded REITs can be sold at any moment, the danger of losing money is more negligible.
  • REITs are tax-efficient because their earnings are treated as regular income rather than capital gains or qualified dividends.
  • While many non-traded REITs aren't traded on a stock exchange, they have a widely recognized valuation. They aren't worthless or volatile like penny stocks and alternative investments that aren't backed by assets or liabilities.



Property ownership has long been thought of as a reliable way to generate a steady income stream. As a result, REITs and traditional real estate investing have a lot in common. They're a low-risk investment product that provides investors with consistent returns over time. However, the most significant advantage REITs offer is their high-yield dividends. Even after considering the danger of losing money, REIT dividends outperform most other investments.

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