REIT exchange-traded funds (ETFs) offer a low-cost investment option for investors seeking exposure to REITs. REIT ETFs own baskets of REIT stocks, and like other ETFs, REIT ETFs are designed to mirror an underlying REIT index.

Investors can choose from both U.S. REIT ETFs and international REIT ETFs.

The iShares Dow Jones Real Estate Index Fund was launched in 2000, making it the first REIT ETF. There are now more than 20 REIT ETFs available on the market.

Name Ticker:
Cohen & Steers Global Realty Majors ETF   GRI
First Trust FTSE EPRA/NAREIT Developed Markets RE Index Fund   FFR
First Trust S&P REIT Index Fund   FRI
FlexShares Global Quality Real Estate Index Fund   GQRE
Guggenheim Investments China Real Estate ETF   TAO
Guggenheim Investments Wilshire U.S. REIT ETF   WREI
IQ U.S. Real Estate Small Cap ETF   ROOF
iShares FTSE EPRA/NAREIT Developed Asia Index Fund   IFAS
iShares Cohen & Steers REIT ETF   ICF
iShares FTSE EPRA/NAREIT Developed Europe Index Fund   IFEU
iShares FTSE NAREIT Industrial/Office Capped Index Fund   FNIO
iShares S&P Developed ex-U.S. Property Index Fund   WPS
iShares FTSE EPRA/NAREIT Developed RE ex-U.S. Index Fund   IFGL
iShares FTSE NAREIT Mortgage PLUS Capped Index Fund   REM
iShares FTSE EPRA/NAREIT North America Index Fund   IFNA
iShares FTSE NAREIT Real Estate 50 Index Fund   FTY
iShares FTSE NAREIT Residential PLUS Capped Index Fund   REZ
iShares FTSE NAREIT Retail Capped Index Fund   RTL
iShares Global REIT   REET
iShares U.S. Real Estate ETF   IYR
Market Vectors Mortgage REIT Income ETF   MORT
PowerShares Active U.S. Real Estate Fund   PSR
PowerShares KBW Premium Yield Equity REIT Portfolio   KBWY
SPDR Dow Jones Global Real Estate ETF   RWO
SPDR Dow Jones International Real Estate ETF   RWX
Vanguard Global ex-U.S. Real Estate Index Fund   VNQI
Vanguard REIT ETF   VNQ
Wisdom Tree Global Real Estate Sector Fund   DRW