REITs: what are they, how are they valued, and more

REITS are often not discussed in many finance classes, so here are some links to help get people up to speed.

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    How REITs Work

    REITs, or real estate investment trusts, were created by Congress in 1960 to give all individuals the opportunity to benefit from investing in income-producing real estate. REITs allow anyone to own or finance properties the same way they invest in other industries, through the purchase of stock.

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    What is a REIT?

    A REIT, or Real Estate Investment Trust, is a company that owns or finances income-producing real estate. Modeled after mutual funds, REITs provide investors of all types stable income streams, diversification and long-term capital appreciation. REITs typically pay out all of their taxable income as dividends to shareholders.

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    What is a REIT from SEC?

    What is a REIT from the SEC:  http://www.sec.gov/answers/reits.htm

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    Real estate investment trust - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    Great link with info on history, REITs in various countries, and types.

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    REITs from the academic side of the world

    a more academic look: http://ares.metapress.com/content/g1866776284257k7/

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    View on the Market - Investing in REITs

    A good intro into REITs and different types of REITS

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    Pros and Cons of Investing in Real Estate Investment Trusts?

    Real Estate Investment Trust's (REITs) can be quite difficult to get your head around. It can be quite difficult to understand what the advantages and disadvantages are when it comes to this type of investment - especially when compared to more traditional methods of real estate investment and property development.

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    Self-Storage REITs Poach Business Away From Smaller Operators

    Self-storage may not be the most glamorous sector of the commercial real estate industry, but this niche has been dazzling investors with impressive returns and a stellar outlook for 2011 and beyond.

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    An Investigation of the Change in Real Estate Investment Trust Betas - Khoo - 2003 - Real Estate Economics - Wiley Online Library

    The betas on equity real estate investment trusts (EREITs) have undergone a structural shift in the past 20 years. We show that this is the result of the lower variability of EREIT returns and argue that the decrease in the standard deviation of EREIT returns can be attributed to the increasing levels of information about EREITs.

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    Real Estate Investment Trusts: Structure: Structure, Performance, and Investment Opportunities

    The book provides the investing public, real estates practitioners, regulators, and real estate and finance academics with up-to-date information on what modern scholarly research tells us about Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs). REITs are credited to allow institutional and individual investors to invest in real estate via a corporate entity.

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    A survey of older academic papers on REITs

    http://ares.metapress.com/content/78343853v478h725/

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    Real Estate Investment Trust CEOs Panel Discussion

    Professor David Ling leads a discussion among Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT) CEOs at the 2013 UF Bergstrom Center Real Estate Trends & Strategies Conference. Panelists include Denny Oklak of Duke Realty, Thomas Sittema of CNL Financial Group and Hap Stein of Regency Centers.

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    10 High Yield REITs: Do the Yields Justify the Risk?

    When I first entered the investment business, a mentor taught me that there were really only two ways that an investor could position their portfolios; they could either act as owners or they could act as loaners. Owners typically invested in equities and were therefore owners of the underlying asset class they invested in.

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