Nareit serves as the worldwide representative voice for REITs and real estate companies with an interest in U.S. real estate. Nareit’s members are REITs and other real estate companies throughout the world that own, operate, and finance income-producing real estate, as well as those firms and individuals who advise, study, and service those businesses.

Our Mission

To actively advocate for REIT-based real estate investment with policymakers and the global investment community. 

Our Vision

To ensure that everyone has the opportunity to benefit from real estate investment.

REITs invest in America’s future. Through the diverse array of properties they own, finance, and operate, REITs help provide the essential real estate that revitalize neighborhoods, enable the digital economy, power community essential services, and build the infrastructure of tomorrow, while creating American jobs and economic activity along the way. REITs of all types collectively own more than $4 trillion in gross assets across the U.S., with public REITs owning $2.5 trillion in assets. U.S. listed REITs have an equity market capitalization of more than $1.2 trillion. REITs provide everyday Americans the opportunity to invest in real estate, and 170 million Americans live in households that benefit from ownership of REITs through stocks, 401(k) plans, pension plans, and other investment funds.

We are the voice for the REIT industry among U.S policymakers, whom we inform about the important roles that REITs and REIT investment play in America’s future, including job creation, economic activity and the lives of millions of investors. We also are an information resource for policymakers in countries around the world that have introduced or are considering introducing REITs.

Nareit is the leading producer and sponsor of research on REIT investment, which we use to communicate its benefits—continuing income, diversification, capital appreciation and inflation protection—to investors, policymakers and the media, worldwide. We also provide REIT news, data and our industry’s perspective to all our audiences, and we host the REIT industry’s primary investor conferences and educational events.

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Nareit offers memberships to real estate companies operating as REITs and publicly traded real estate companies and individuals who provide support and services to REITs and the publicly traded real estate industry. Nareit brings together a diverse group of professionals sharing a common interest in real estate investment.

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Since its inception, Nareit has diligently worked to preserve and perfect REITs by helping to shape the landmark legislation and policy decisions that have defined the evolution of REITs and real estate investment.

Speaking as the voice of the industry, Nareit articulates its position at the highest levels of the U.S. and other governments, at state and local levels, and before numerous standards-setting organizations around the globe.

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Dividends Through Diversity Initiative

Nareit’s Dividends Through Diversity initiative takes actionable and sustainable measures to support the recruitment, inclusion, development, and advancement of women, Black professionals, other people of color, ethnically diverse individuals, and members of other under-represented groups in REITs and the publicly traded real estate industry. As part of this effort, the initiative facilitates education and career development opportunities and promotes engagement programs to increase the commercial real estate industry’s visibility and appeal to diverse communities.

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Industry Awards

  • Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Recognition Awards

    Nareit’s Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Recognition Awards honor both Nareit member companies and individual members who have demonstrated a strong commitment and made outstanding contributions to the advancement of diversity, equity and inclusion within their companies as well as in the REIT and publicly traded real estate industry.

  • Nareit Investor CARE Awards

    Nareit’s Investor CARE Awards honor those Nareit corporate members that interact most effectively with their investors on line, in writing and orally, as well as those member companies that provide those investors with the most comprehensive, clearly articulated and useful information in the most efficient manner.

  • Nareit Leader in the Light Awards

    Nareit's annual Leader in the Light Awards honor Nareit member companies that have demonstrated superior and sustained sustainability practices.

  • Nareit Leadership and Industry Achievement Awards

    The Industry Leadership Award is presented to a REIT executive who has made a significant and lasting contribution to the growth and betterment of the industry.