REITs earn spotlight in the new year

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GETTING RICH WITH DIVIDENDS (the miracle of compound interest) In 1960, Congress passed a law creating Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) to give average individuals the opportunity to invest in income-producing commercial real estate. Since then, the number of investors investing in REITs has exploded. Today, an estimated 70 million Americans invest in and own shares of various REITs.

That should come as no surprise, as REIT performance has been remarkably consistent: this year’s total return has been quite close to the average annual industry performance over the past five years (9.90 percent), 15 years (10.62 percent), 25 years (10.47 percent), 35 years (9.86 percent) and 45 years (9.69 percent).

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The offshore investment destinations also have higher gdp growth rates than SA; notably CEE, which has attracted the most from SA REITs and has a forecast GDP growth rate of 3% to 3.5% per year over the next three years compared with 1.6% for SA," he says.

Instead, a REIT buys and develops properties primarily to operate them as part of its own investment portfolio. Why would somebody invest in REITs? REITs provide a way for individual investors to earn a share of the income produced through commercial real estate ownership – without actually having to go out and buy commercial real estate.

A real estate investment trust ("REIT"), generally, is a company that owns – and typically operates – income-producing real estate or real estate-related assets. reits provide a way for individual investors to earn a share of the income produced through commercial real estate ownership – without actually having to go out and buy commercial real estate.

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