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Currently, there are nearly 200 publicly traded real estate investment trusts (more commonly referred to as REITs) in operation in the United Sates with a combined $500 billion in assets. An estimated two-thirds of REITS are traded on national stock exchanges. A REIT is a real estate company that offers its shares to the public. By doing so, a REIT stock becomes like any other stock that represents the holder s ownership in a business. However, REITs have two distinct features: REITs manage groups of income-producing properties and must distribute 90 percent of profits as dividends. The Complete Guide to Investing in REITs will teach you everything you need to know about REITs and how you can earn high rates of return. In this book, you will learn about publicly and privately held REITs, Net Asset Value (NAV), Adjusted Funds From Operations (AFFO), Cash Available for Distribution (CAD), the benefits associated with REITS, dividend reinvestment programs (DRiPs), capitalisation rate, equitation, leverage, positive spread investing, securitisation, and straight-lining.
You will also learn about equity, mortgage, and hybrid REITs and the more specific types, including residential, office, industrial, and retail. The Complete Guide to Investing in REITs will walk you through finding the appropriate REIT for you. This book will also teach you how to manage your REIT, how to limit your personal risk, how to understand REIT performance, and how to analyse REITs. By reading this book, you will know and understand the pitfalls of investing in REITs, you will know how REITs behave as an investment class and how to best integrate them into your portfolio, and you will know what economic issues affect real estate and the effects these have on REITs. This book is not merely for the novice investor who wants to learn everything possible about real estate investment trusts; professional investors, financial planners, and investment advisors will also find valuable information in this book. Ultimately, this guide will help you to stabilise and grow your portfolio and earn high rates of return by providing you with vital information and practical guidance.
Mark Gordon is the managing editor of the Gulf Coast Business Review. The Review is an independently owned weekly publication covering business trends, companies, executives, and entrepreneurs on the Gulf Coast of Florida, from Tampa to Naples. Before the Review, Mark worked as a reporter for seven years at daily newspapers in Auburn, New York; West Chester, Pennsylvania; and Jacksonville, Florida. Mark lives in Lakewood Ranch, Florida, with his wife Elyse. This is his first book.