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REITs 101

REITs:  Book Value and Net Asset Value Revealed

What’s not to love about Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs)?  You probably know I’ve written about REITs before. REITs are best understood as a professionally managed trust that buys and holds real estate properties.  They offer investors (like you and me) a way to participate in real estate, including the potential rise in property values, without the headaches of being a landlord.  REITs are an attractive asset class to me because these companies provide regular distributions, often monthly distributions.  For investors that want to ...
REITs 101

Looking for income but don’t want to be a landlord? Try REITs 101

Up until a few years ago I didn’t know very much about Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) but after my experience of being a landlord for a couple of years, I wouldn’t invest in real estate any other way. REITs 101 A Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT) is best understood as a professionally managed trust that buys and holds real estate properties.  They offer investors (like me) a way to participate in real estate, including the potential rise in property values, without the headaches of being a landlord.  REITs are an attractive asset ...

Top Canadian REITs

I’ve been a fan of Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) ever since my wife and I sold our condo a few years ago.  Instead of receiving direct rental income and dealing with tenant and rental unit issues (including a major water leak in our unit – that’s another post), REITs provide us indirect rental income. REITs focus on holding income-producing real estate assets.  They offer investors (like me) a way to participate in real estate, including the potential rise in property values, with the benefits of liquidity from equity markets without ...

REI.UN – OUCH!

Well, I made my REI.UN purchase, but closer to $19/share than today’s close of $18/share. OUCH! Waiting and buying at closer to $18 would have saved me almost $200 or about 5% of my purchase. Alas, a lesson learned: wait until quarterly performance reports come out, and the market settles, before making an investment purchase. My consolation prize is that amongst the market turmoil, REI.UN dividends are expected to continue for 2010 @ $0.11/share. The Globe and Mail had a good article about the decline of REI.UN today. Disappointed, yes, about ...

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