Summary of Getting Started in Real Estate Investment Trusts

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Getting Started in Real Estate Investment Trusts book summary
Forget the headaches of illiquid real estate; consider high-potential REITs.


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With the stock market seeming always ready to freeze or fall, author Richard Imperiale believes that investors who want cash return and diversification should consider Real-Estate Investment Trusts (REITs). You may remember some nasty history in decades past associated with shadowy real-estate tax shelters, but the U.S. Congress cleaned that mess up and created this rather stable investing medium instead. REITs' magnetism comes from their required payout from income, their ease of entry and exit, and their overall return, which usually matches stock market results. This makes REITs a nice way to accumulate wealth and line your 401k retirement pillow. Of course, since REITs are publicly traded, they face the stock market's uncertainties. After the "getting started" chapters, the author gets into the nitty-gritty of REIT securities analysis. As a boon for the very serious investor, Imperiale analyzes numerous real-estate sectors. He asserts that a substantial REIT infusion of 5% to 20% should make most portfolios "juicier," but he does not emphasize REITs' market negatives or today’s erratic real-estate market. So with an added dose of caveat emptor, getAbstract recommends this book to people looking for access (without heartburn) into the numerous opportunities in the multitrillion dollar real-estate market, including a quick getaway if needed.

In this summary, you will learn

  • What a REIT is
  • How REITs generate steady income
  • How to improve, diversify and increase your investments through REITs
  • How REIT security analysis works
  • What is happening in different sectors of REIT operations


How to Get Started
A whole school of economics is based on the concept that wealth originates in real estate, that is, in land and its uses. The total value of U.S. institutional real estate is $11 trillion. That's neck-and-neck with the value of all U.S. equity markets. Institutions, ...
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About the Author

Richard Imperiale heads a company that manages about $450 million, much of it invested in equities, including REITs.

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