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Top 4 Reasons Why REITs Are Still In Style

Are you ready to go spring shopping? Instead of running to the nearest mall to rummage the racks for the latest fall fashions, how about shopping for some assets that won’t go out of style next season?

If you’re looking for something that’s affordable, produces income, and can be sold anytime your fashion sense changes, you should explore the world of REITs.

REITs (real estate investment trusts) are a collection of commercial real estate properties that are packaged and sold to investors in the form of equities. Investors can shop from a selection of over 200 REITs that own and manage hotels, office buildings, residential space, warehouses, and other properties.

Are you thinking about adding REITs to your shopping list? Here are 4 reasons why REITs are fashionable:

Sell When You Want

You can sell your REIT anytime you want. If two years pass and you don’t like the direction your REIT is going in, all you have to do is sell your asset through your brokerage account. You’ll have the funds in your account as soon as the transaction has been processed. You’ll receive the current market value for your REIT asset less any commission fees. Commission fees typically range from $0-$10. Robinhood has gained popularity due to its commission-free services. Click here to sign up for Robinhood and you’ll get a free stock!

This isn’t how the process for selling physical property works. When you’re ready to sell a property, you have to think about home repairs, closing costs, and realtor’s commission. The process doesn’t happen overnight and can cost thousands of dollars to get the property to selling point. It can take months or even years to sell a property and collect proceeds.

REITs are attractive because they are liquid assets. Liquid means that the asset can be easily converted to cash. By pressing the sell button, your REIT asset gives you cash on demand.

Receive High-Yield Dividends


When a publicly-traded company realizes a profit from their operations, management can choose to keep the earnings or give the money to shareholders as a dividend. Retaining the earnings allows the company to invest in growing the business and keeping more cash reserves on hand. This means shareholders will either receive no dividend at all or they will receive a dividend yield that matches the board of directors analysis of how much should be given to investors.

There is no certainty that companies will pay dividends unless you invest in a REIT. All REITs are required to pay dividends as part of its structural agreement. REITs can not retain earnings. That’s why REITs are known to pay some of the highest dividend yields in the markets. REITs are required to pass down profits to investors. Companies under the REIT structure have to pay out 90% of their taxable income to shareholders in order to maintain their preferential tax treatment. When you invest in a REIT, you can count on monthly or quarterly dividends to provide you with income.

Enjoy Capital Appreciation

Not only do you receive high yield dividends for investing in REITs but you also get the benefit of capital appreciation. This is when the value of your asset goes up. Let’s say you bought a REIT for $20/share and you have 1000 shares. The value of your REIT investment is $20,000. A year later, favorable economic conditions cause the values of the REIT to go up to $40/share. Now those 1000 shares are worth $40,000. Your investment doubled!

The value of your asset doesn’t always go up when you expect it to. But you’ll continue to receive dividend income as long as you are an investor.

Avoid Maintenance Responsibility


Don’t have enough time on hand to manage a brick and mortar property? No worries. You don’t have to manage a thing if you are a REIT investor.

As a REIT investor, you are not required to provide any property oversight. There are professionals on hand who will collect rent, fix repairs, and ensure compliance with rules and regulations. So if a tenant has plumbing problems, it’s not your responsibility to fix it. It’s someone else’s job. You don’t have to worry about receiving complaints in the middle of the night. All you have to do is sit back, relax, and watch your dividend income flow into your account.

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About Charlene Rhinehart, CPA

Charlene Rhinehart is a Certified Public Accountant, Founder of Wealthy Women Daily, and Editor-in-Chief of the Dividend InvestHer and The Wealthy Woman Investor. Charlene is currently the Chair of the Illinois CPA Society Taxation Individual Committee. With over a decade of experience in the financial services industry, Charlene is one of the few leaders who design insights specifically for the woman investor. Charlene’s work has been featured in a variety of publications including the Huffington Post, Black Enterprise, and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. In 2019, Charlene released her book “Dividends Are a Queen’s Best Friend”, on Amazon.

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