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REIT Investing

A real estate investment trust (REIT) is a company that owns, operates, or finances income-generating real estate.

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About REIT Investing:

Modeled after mutual funds, REITs pool the capital of numerous investors. This makes it possible for individual investors to earn dividends from real estate investments—without having to buy, manage, or finance any properties themselves.

Properties in a REIT portfolio may include apartment complexes, data centers, healthcare facilities, hotels, infrastructure—in the form of fiber cables, cell towers, and energy pipelines—office buildings, retail centers, self-storage, timberland, and warehouses.

Key Takeaways:

  • A real estate investment trust (REIT) is a company that owns, operates, or finances income-producing properties.

  • REITs generate a steady income stream for investors but offer little in the way of capital appreciation.

  • Most REITs are publicly traded like stocks, which makes them highly liquid (unlike physical real estate investments).

  • REITs invest in most real estate property types, including apartment buildings, cell towers, data centers, hotels, medical facilities, offices, retail centers, and warehouses.

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