REITs allow anyone to invest in portfolios of large-scale properties the same way they invest in other
industries – through the purchase of stocks. REITs own a wide range of real estate ranging from office
buildings and shopping malls to cell towers and data centers. REITs own property across all 50 states
and provide a significant impact to the national economy and local communities. REIT-owned properties
not only help enhance the quality of life in the surrounding communities but they have also provided new
jobs, better infrastructure, increased economic activity and other improvements.
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Sponsored by the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts®, the worldwide
representative voice for REITs and listed real estate companies with an interest in U.S. real estate
and capital markets. All data is sourced from the "Economic Contribution of REITs in the United
States," EY study sponsored by NAREIT, SNL or NAREIT unless otherwise noted.