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 70 million Americans invest in REITs through their retirement savings and other investments.
The REIT approach to real estate investment has been embraced by more than 35 countries.View REITs Across America
REITs were established by Congress in 1960 and are modeled after mutual funds.
Listed REITs have an equity market capitalization of more than $1 trillion.
There are nearly 200,000 REIT-owned properties across the U.S. in almost every city.
REITs paid out more than $60 billion in dividend income in 2016.
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.
Invest in REITs through their retirement savings and other investments.