A place to call home

Why REITs help a growing number of Americans find the right place to live

What is a REIT?
What is a REIT?
A REIT, or Real Estate Investment Trust, is a company that owns, operates or finances income-producing real estate. Established by Congress in 1960 and modeled after mutual funds, REITs provide Americans the chance to own valuable real estate, present the opportunity to access dividend-based income and total returns, and help communities grow, thrive and revitalize.

Learn how REITs make you right at home
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Residential REITs

Renters, including students and seniors, all have many options when it comes to meeting their housing needs. Regardless of a person's desired living situation, REITs own and finance a wide array of residential properties to meet those needs.

From apartments and single-family home rentals, to student housing and senior living facilities, REITs can provide the perfect location to call home.

 

1. Student housing

REITs help provide the capital necessary to many universities across the country to meet their student housing demand so the universities can focus their capital on education.


Did you know?

Student Housing REITs own more than 200 residence facilities accommodating nearly 30,000 students.

Manzanita Hall at Arizona State University

Manzanita Hall at
Arizona State
University

 
 

Student Housing Potential:

6.1 million students at 4-year public flagship institutions with enrollment exceeding 15,000 students who need housing.

  • 5.7 million potential student tenants
  • Students currently housed in a facility owned by a REIT or private capital.
 

2. Apartments

Whether it is young adults fresh out of college or empty nesters downsizing their lifestyle, residential REITs offer an apartment option to meet every need.


Did you know?

Residential REITs own more than 2,500 apartment buildings accounting for nearly 65,000 individual units.

 
 

Rent vs Own by Age

In Millions of Households

  • Renter-Occupied Households
  • Owner-Occupied Households
Photos of Apartments

Photos of
Apartments

 

3. Single Family Rental Homes

A growing number of families are opting to rent a single-family home or manufactured home as opposed to purchasing one.


Did you know?

REITs own nearly 140,000 single-family homes for rent and nearly 280,000 manufactured housing units across the country.

Photos of Single Family Homes

Photos of
Single Family
Homes

 
 

Single Family Homes in 2015

  • Built1.1M
  • Sold5.7M
  • Rented42.6M
 

Mortgage REITs

Did you know?

Mortgage REITs help finance an estimated 2.5 million homes in the U.S.


Timberland

Did you know?

REITs own more than 17 million acres of U.S. timberlands and provide much of the lumber for construction around the world.

Photos of Timberland

Photos of
Timberland

 
 

4. Senior Housing

REITs help provide a range of housing options complete with a variety of care options for the growing elderly population in America.


Did you know?

REITs own more than 2,500 assisted-living facilities across the U.S.

Senior Living Facilities

Senior Living
Facilities

 
 

The Aging Population

Percent Growth from 2015 to 2060