Investing in Real Estate with REITs

What is REIT?

A REIT is a company that pools money from investors to buy or finance real estate and that is required to distribute at least 90% of its taxable income to its investors every year. As a result of the requirement, REITs may at times pay higher dividends than other types of companies.


Equity REITs own and usually manage income-producing properties, such as shopping centers, office buildings, hotels, and warehouses. They receive most of their revenue from rent.

Many equity REITs focus on one main type of real estate. For example, a REIT may choose to specialize in just retail properties or just office buildings. Other REIT property sectors include residential, healthcare, lodging, industrial, self storage, timber, infrastructure, data centers, and specialty sectors. Some REITs own properties in more than one property sector and are referred to as diversified REITs.

Mortgage REITs focus on financing real estate, with most of their revenue coming from the interest they earn investing in mortgages or mortgage-backed securities.


There are a few ways to invest in REITs. One way is to simply buy shares of a publicly traded REIT the same way that you would buy shares of stock. Or you can buy shares of a mutual fund or ETF that focuses on REITs. Non-publicly traded REITs may also be an option, but please keep in mind that they involve special risks, such as lack of liquidity.

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