Have you ever imagined owning real estate? With REITs you can do that! Buying specialized REITs you can own real estate and participate in the growth of a specific sector. For example, you can own several commercial real estate from Manhattan when buying shares of SL Green (SLG) REIT or even mall and outlet centers, including brand names like Premium Outlets and The Mills, when buying shares of Simon Property Group (SPG) REIT.
Also, REITs are easy to buy and sell as most trade on public exchanges, mitigating some of the traditional drawbacks of real estate. REITS have a great ability to generate dividend income along with capital appreciation, which makes them an excellent counterbalance to stocks, bonds, and cash.
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Be sure to consider your own financial situation, perform thorough research, and consult with a qualified tax professional before making any investment decisions concerning REITs. Investments in REITs and other real estate securities are subject to the same risks as direct investments in real estate. The real estate industry is particularly sensitive to economic downturns.