Educational Videos

This section of is intended to provide an introduction to real estate investing through REITs and includes some valuable resources that highlight the value and importance that REITs provide to investors, the economy and our communities.

The “What is a REIT” and “REIT FAQs” sections provide a more detailed explanation of the concepts and terminology necessary to understand REITs and REIT investing. This information is for educational purposes only; please consult a financial professional before making any investment decisions.

Below are some additional materials that provide an introduction to the basics of REITs.


How REITs Work

Let’s go to the whiteboard to take a look at the REIT rules.


The REIT Way

A brief explanation of what a REIT is.


The Benefits of Equity Reits

Equity REITs are real estate companies that acquire commercial properties – such as office buildings, shopping centers and apartment buildings – and lease the space in the structures to tenants, who pay rent.


Understanding Mortgage REITs

Mortgage REITs provide financing for real estate by purchasing or originating mortgages and mortgage-backed securities and earning income from the interest on these investments.


REITs: Everywhere, Every Day

A day in the life of a family that realizes how many ways they interact with REIT-owned properties in a given day.



Building A Better Retirement Portfolio

New NAREIT-sponsored research from Wilshire Funds Management shows that adding a range of high income-producing assets, including REITs, to a traditional retirement-stage portfolio would have boosted income returns by nearly 40 percent.