Summary of Investing in REITS

Real Estate Investment Trusts

Bloomberg Press,
First Edition: 1998 more...

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Investing in REITS book summary
How to get into the real-estate game safely by buying stock in real-estate investment trusts (REITs).


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More and more financial advisers suggest investing in REITs. But are they another real-estate investment fad, like the "real estate limited partnerships" of the 1980s? Not at all, says Ralph L. Block, an experienced REIT portfolio manager and former securities attorney. In this clear, sensible book, Block provides an engaging overview of REITs and the underlying real-estate market in which they invest. Block's self-deprecating, casual style is refreshing, and the book assumes little background knowledge of finance, economics or real estate (though it does bog down occasionally in accounting minutiae). In addition to learning about REITs, you'll also get a painless refresher on investment basics at no extra cost. getAbstract recommends this book to prudent, buy-and-hold investors who want to know if REITs are right for them.

In this summary, you will learn

  • What a real-estate investment trust (or REIT) is;
  • How REITs make money;
  • How to invest in quality REITs; and
  • What risks REITs pose.


The Appeal of REITs
Looking for an investment that offers low risk, low volatility and high returns, and that provides a hedge against stock market downturns? Consider REITs, "real-estate investment trusts." While you may not have heard of REITs (rhymes with "beets"), they've been around...
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About the Author

Ralph L. Block is a senior portfolio manager who has worked with REIT funds for several financial corporations. He was a business lawyer for 25 years.

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