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 all Americans the opportunity to invest in large, diversified portfolios of income-producing real estate in the same way they typically would invest in other businesses, buying stock either directly or through mutual funds.

More than 80 million Americans invest in REITs through their retirement savings and other investments.

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REITs own properties in all 50 states

The REIT approach to real estate investment has been embraced by nearly 40 countries.

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Est. 1960

REITs were established by Congress in 1960 and are modeled after mutual funds.

$1.7 Trillion

Listed REITs have an equity market capitalization of more than $1.7 trillion.


More than 503,000 REIT-owned properties across the U.S. in almost every city.


REIT Property Sectors

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$88.8 Billion in Dividends

REITs paid out $88.8 billion in dividend income in 2020.


The REIT Way


2 Primary Types:

  • mREITs
  • Equity REITs

Equity REITs

Equity REITs earn income by collecting rent or through the sale of the properties they own.


mREITs, or Mortgage REITs, provide financing for real estate by purchasing or originating mortgages and mortgage-backed securities (MBS) and earning income from the interest on these investments.


145 million Americans

Invest in REITs through their retirement savings and other investment funds.


Why invest in REITs?

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  • Low Correlation with Broader Market
  • Historically Increases Return/Reduces Risk
  • Completes Asset Allocation
  • Bought & Sold Like Other Equities
  • Tactical Asset Allocation
  • Portfolio Rebalancing
  • Strong Corporate Governance
  • Tax Transparency
  • Market Transparency
  • Dividends & Wealth Accumulation
  • Reliable Income Returns
  • Helps Reduce Portfolio Volatility
  • Outperformed S&P Over Most Periods
  • Better Returns vs. Corp. Bonds
  • Historically Deliver Growth/Income