New to REITs?

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

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

Real Estate Working For You

Nareit is the worldwide representative voice for REITs and listed real estate companies with an interest in U.S. real estate and capital markets. Members are REITs and other businesses that own, operate, and manage income-producing real estate, as well as those firms and individuals who advise, study, and service those businesses.

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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 Jul 19, 2019. Source: FTSE Nareit U.S. Real State Index.

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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.