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Frequently Asked Questions
REITs, or Real Estate Investment Trusts, are modeled after mutual funds. They give everyday Americans the chance to buy income-producing real estate that would otherwise likely be financially out of reach, by allowing them to buy and sell REITs like other stocks or mutual funds. Today, an estimated 87 million Americans own REITs through their retirement savings and other investment funds.
Congress created REITs in 1960 to give all Americans the chance to invest in real estate beyond just their homes. In fact, the primary intention of Congress in authorizing the use of REITs was to provide a means “whereby small investors can secure advantages normally available only to those with larger resources,” in connection with real estate investment. Congress specifically noted that these beneficial characteristics included “greater diversification of investment,” “expert investment counsel” and the means of “collectively financing projects which the investors could not undertake singly.”1
REITs give everyday Americans the ability to own income-producing real estate; they offer the opportunity for competitive returns,2 asset diversification, and strong dividends, and they have helped grow and revitalize communities.*
To qualify as a REIT, a company must comply with specific rules made by Congress and regulations set forth by the Internal Revenue Service.5
No matter where you live or what your walk of life, REITs can have an impact on your life. Whether it is shopping, working, or maybe that apartment you rent, REITs help make it happen. REITs own and manage apartments, health care and life science facilities, hotels, office buildings, shopping centers, timberland and farm land, warehouses, and more. Even that cell phone you use every day is made possible in part by cell phone tower REITs.
As of Dec. 31, 2019 there are 223 REITs in the FTSE Nareit All REITs Index with a total equity market capitalization of $1.078 trillion.
Anyone can. It is estimated that 145 million Americans are invested in REITs either directly or through their 401(k), pension plans, or other investments. Many teachers, firefighters, public employees, and others are invested in REITs through their pension plans or other investment funds.
Yes. There are two primary types of REITs: Equity REITs and mREITs. Some REITs are publicly traded, some are sold to the public directly but not traded on the stock exchange, and others are private. To learn more about the different kinds of REITs, click here.
Because of the success of REITs in the U.S., nearly 40 other countries have modeled their REIT structure after the U.S.
*Past performance does not guarantee future results. Information should not be construed as investment advice and is provided for informational purposes only.