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Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs)

Real estate investment trusts (REITs) offer a practical way to invest in real estate with the added benefit of eliminating taxes. Separate from other types of stocks and bonds, the real estate market offers performance and diversification benefits that can be attractive to many self-directed IRA investors.

  • True diversification

    Market stays independent from stocks and bonds.
  • Suitability requirements

    Some REITS investors are subject to investment limitations.
  • Multiple types

    Choose from three main types based on preferences.

What is a REIT?

A real estate investment trust is a type of pooled real estate investment that is designed to reduce or eliminate tax by paying out dividends to retain REIT status while providing returns.

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REIT investing operates similarly to mutual funds, as individual investors acquire ownership in commercial real estate portfolios that receive income from the facilities. Diversification is a benefit of REITs, as the real estate market does not directly correlate to other types of stocks and bonds.

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Many REITs are accompanied by DRIPs, or dividend reinvestment plans. This allows shareholders to automatically reinvest dividends into additional shares of the same company.

How to Use Your REIT Investments

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Apartment complexes
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Student housing
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Hospitals
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Industrial properties
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Hotels
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Office buildings
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Shopping malls
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And more

Types of REITs

Private REITs

Publicly traded REITs

Public non-traded REITs

How to Invest in REITs

Investors are encouraged to do adequate research or contact a broker/financial advisor, attorney or CPA to determine if REITs are an appropriate investment.

Once you have determined that a REIT is suitable for you, it can be purchased with your Self-Directed IRA or other retirement accounts at Mainstar Trust.

Investors Also Consider

Private Lending

BDCs

Stocks

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