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The Basics of Investing in REITs

Your Complete Guide To Investing in Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs)

[Updated: Jun 22, 2021 ] Jun 25, 2019 by Matt Frankel, CFP
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think of a REIT like a mutual fund for real estate. Hundreds or thousands of investors buy shares and contribute money to a pool, and professional managers decide how to invest it.
Abby explains what a REIT is and how it's different from other asset classes
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Company Name (Symbol) Property Type Market Capitalization Dividend Yield
Simon Property Group (NYSE: SPG) Shopping Malls $49 billion 5.3%
AvalonBay Communities (NYSE: AVB) Apartments $28.8 billion 2.8%
American Tower (NYSE: AMT) Communication Towers $94.7 billion 1.5%
Equinix (NYSE: EQIX) Data Centers $44.9 billion 1.8%
Boston Properties (NYSE: BXP) Offices $19.79 billion 2.9%
Prologis (NYSE: PLD) Warehouses $51.3 billion 2.5%
Weyerhauser (NYSE: WY) Timberlands $19.9 billion 5.0%
Host Hotels and Resorts (NYSE: HST) Hotels $12.1 billion 4.7%
Welltower (NYSE: WELL) Healthcare $34.8 billion 3.8%

Data source: CNBC and Yahoo! Finance. Market capitalization and dividend yields as of 9/10/2019.