A Step By Step Guide for your REIT Investment

Published On - July 26, 2019

It’s an investor’s responsibility to keep searching for different investment options from time to time. Real estate investment requires a lot of patience and a positive attitude even in adverse situations. Buying a property only requires capital. However, maintaining the same property for a long time requires capital as well as a significant amount of time. That’s why some investors prefer mutual fund investment or Exchange-Traded Fund (ETF) over large individual real estate investments. An alternative to a mutual fund or ETF investment is Real Estate Investment Trust.

What is a REIT?

A Real Estate Investment Trust or REIT is a company or trust that owns, manages, and in most cases, operates income-producing real estate properties. REITs allow investors to own shares in real estate properties without the burden of purchasing and managing those properties. The majority of REITs lease spaces to tenants and earn rents on those properties. While some REITs also lend money to real estate developers and earn interest on the loan. This kind of investment requires a long-term commitment and it isn’t for investors seeking short-term benefits.

Who is it for?

Any investor can invest in REITs. Whether you’re a beginner or a pro, a REIT investment offers similar benefits to everyone. However, it may not suit every investor. An investment structure like REIT is more beneficial for retirees or someone who is on the verge of retirement than someone who is young and looking for short-term investments.  As REITs provide a steady flow of income for a long time, it suits people who have already hung their boots or are planning to do so.

What are the different types of REITs?

  • Equity REITs – Equity REITs lease spaces to tenants and earn rents on those properties. These kinds of REITs make money through rents by leasing properties to tenants. The majority of REITs are equity REITs.
  • Mortgage REITs (mREITs) – Mortgage REITs lend money to real estate investors and earn interest on the loan. They also invest in mortgages and mortgage-backed securities.
  • Hybrid REITs – These kinds of REITs function in both ways. Besides leasing properties to tenants and earning rents on those properties, these REITs also finance loans to real estate investors.
  • Publicly-Traded REITs – These REITs are listed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and trade on America’s National Stock Exchange.
  • Publicly Non-Traded REITs – These REITs are listed with the Securities and Exchange Commission but don’t trade on the National Stock Exchange.
  • Private REITs – These REITs are neither listed with the Securities and Exchange Commission nor do they trade on the National Stock Exchange. These kinds of REIT investments are offered to selected investors.

How to invest in a REIT?

You can invest in a REIT the way you invest in other company’s stocks or bonds. A REIT’s stocks can be easily purchased and sold on the National Stock Exchange. When you buy shares in a REIT, you invest in the trust and not in real estate properties. That’s why a REIT investment doesn’t qualify for a 1031 exchange. Real Estate advisors or experts can help in exploring the challenges that come with a REIT investment.

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