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Chapter 10. Real Estate and Other Investments > Real Estate Investment Trusts

Real Estate Investment Trusts

A real estate investment trust (REIT) is to real estate as a mutual fund is to an equity. A REIT (rhymes with neat) offers investors the benefits of owning real estate without the hassle and pressure associated with buying properties directly. Instead of purchasing and managing your own portfolio of real estate, you buy shares of the REIT and enjoy the income and growth through dividends and share growth. The advent of REITs has made it possible to have an investment in a shopping mall without having to be a millionaire.

In the forty years that REITs have been available to investors, they have grown to 10 percent of the $3.5 trillion real estate market. There are lots of different types of REITs, and they have their own distinct differences. These include the following:


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