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 Americans the chance to own valuable real estate, present the opportunity to access dividend-based income and total returns and help communities grow, thrive and revitalize.

More than 70 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 more than 35 countries.

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Est. 1960

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

$1 Trillion

Listed REITs have an equity market capitalization of approximately more than $1 trillion.


There are nearly 200,000 REIT-owned properties across the U.S. in almost every city.


REIT Property Sectors

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$51 Billion in Dividends

REITs paid out more than $51 billion in dividend income in 2015.


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2 Primary Types:

  • Equity REITs
  • Mortgage REITs

Equity REITs

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

Mortgage REITs

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.


1 in 5 Americans

Invest in REITs through their retirement savings and other investments.


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