New to REITs?

REITs are companies that own or finance income-producing real estate in a range of property sectors.

Investing in REITs

Most REITs trade on major stock exchanges, offering a number of benefits to all types of investors.

By the Numbers

REITs of all types collectively own more than $3 trillion in gross real estate assets across the U.S., with stock-exchange listed REITs owning approximately $2 trillion in assets. U.S. listed REITs have an equity market capitalization of more than $1 trillion.

  • 80m
    An estimated 80 million Americans own REITs through their retirement savings and other investment funds.
  • 1.8m
    Mortgage REITs help finance 1.8 million homes in the U.S.
  • 511k
    REITs own more than 511,000 real estate assets across the U.S.
  • 2.3m
    U.S. REITs contributed the equivalent of an estimated 2.3 million full-time jobs to the economy in 2017.

Data as of 4:30 p.m. on Aug 23, 2019. Source: FTSE Nareit U.S. Real State Index.

  • All REITs

    -1.35%

  • All Equity REITs

    -1.34%

  • Mortgage REITs

    -1.39%

REIT Performance

REITs historically have delivered competitive total returns, based on high, steady dividend income, and long-term capital appreciation. The FTSE Nareit U.S. Real Estate Index Series is a comprehensive family of REIT performance benchmarks that span the commercial real estate space across the U.S. economy.