REITs are an important part of the economy, investors’ portfolio and local communities. Taken individually, a single REIT-owned property can change the entire complexion of a neighborhood. When viewed as an entire industry, REITs significantly contribute to the tax base, job market and community. 

REIT puzzle chart - REACH

REITs own approximately $3.5 trillion in gross real estate assets, with more than $2 trillion of that total from public listed and non-listed REITs and the remainder from privately held REITs. The economic and investment reach of those assets are felt by millions of Americans all across the country.

REIT puzzle chart - SIZE

Since their creation in 1960, REITs have grown in size, impact and market acceptance. The creation of headline real estate sectors - populated mainly by REITs - in leading industry classification standards underscores the growing importance of REIT-based real estate investment in the equities marketplace.

 

REIT puzzle chart - PERFORMANCE

REITs have historically produced a track record of strong performance. The industry’s track record has resulted in a broader acceptance among institutional investors, financial advisors and retail investors.

Data as of February 2021 unless otherwise noted.