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Everything you need to know about Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs)

The everyday investor now has access to institutional-grade commercial real estate assets

What is a REIT?

In its simplest definition, A Real Estate Investment Trust, also known as a REIT, is a company that owns and operates income-generating real estate assets. Individuals invest in the REIT and the REIT will use that capital for the purchase of properties.

The Basics

  • A REIT investment is an investment into a portfolio of multiple real estate assets.

  • Different types of REITs can include publicly traded REITs, public non-traded REITs, and private REITs.

  • REITs typically focus on one real estate sector. Example sectors include apartment buildings, health care facilities, hotels, retail centers, self storages, and more.

  • REITs can generate income in different ways such as rents collected, interest payments, or the appreciation and sale of a property.

Benefits of Investing in a REIT

There are many upsides to investing in a REIT. Individual investors looking to diversify their portfolios benefit from adding another asset class–real estate–to their portfolio mix. Another reason many people choose to invest in REITs is because of the high historical returns, especially when compared to the stock market. The S&P 500’s 20-year average return is about 8.6% while the 20-year average annual returns for REITs are at 11.8%. Additional REIT benefits include being a hedge against inflation, a passive investment where the investor doesn’t need real estate expertise, and the fact that they are a great long-term wealth generator.

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How to invest in a REIT

REIT investing is the perfect way to grow long-term wealth and add to your retirement saving strategy to diversify your portfolio. With today’s tech and the rise of advanced investment platforms, investments can be made 100% online. Individuals can invest cash or even self-directed IRA funds into a portfolio of diversified real estate assets. If you have a traditional IRA or an old employer-sponsored 401(k), you can roll it over into a self-directed IRA and start investing on your own terms.

About DiversyFund’s Growth REIT

The DiversyFund Growth REIT was built for the everyday investor. With a low $500 minimum, investors are instantly co-owners in a diversified portfolio of real estate assets. The DiversyFund Growth REIT is a public non-traded REIT that owns and manages all of their own real estate assets. This means more transparency, control, and overall insight on all properties.

Key Features

  • Focused on multifamily properties because of the rising demand
  • Focused on long-term growth from repositioning and selling existing properties
  • 100% passive investment option—no real estate experience required
  • Open to all investors—accredited or not

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