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  • Writer's pictureNoah Crowley

The Pros and Cons of Investing in Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) vs. Direct Real Estate

Real estate investment trusts (REITs) and direct real estate investments are both popular options for investors looking to gain exposure to the real estate market. However, each has its own set of pros and cons that investors should consider before making a decision.


One of the biggest advantages of REITs is their liquidity. REITs are publicly traded on major stock exchanges, which makes them easy to buy and sell. This can be especially beneficial for investors who want to quickly adjust their investments based on market conditions.


Another advantage of REITs is that they provide investors with a way to invest in a diversified portfolio of properties without having to purchase and manage the properties themselves. This can be a big advantage for investors who lack the time, expertise, or resources to manage their own real estate investments.


On the other hand, direct real estate investments offer several advantages of their own. One of the biggest is the potential for higher returns. Because REITs are required to distribute at least 90% of their taxable income to shareholders, they may have less money available to invest in properties and grow their business. This can limit the potential for high returns.

In addition, direct real estate investments can offer investors more control over their investments. When you invest in a REIT, you are essentially investing in the management team and their ability to make wise investment decisions. With direct real estate investments, you have the ability to be more hands-on and make decisions about the properties you own.


Another advantage of direct real estate investments is the potential for rental income. If you own a rental property, you can collect rent from tenants, which can provide a steady stream of income. REITs, on the other hand, typically pay dividends to shareholders rather than providing rental income.


Finally, investors should keep in mind that REITs are subject to the same market fluctuations as other publicly traded securities. This can lead to volatility in their prices and make it more difficult to predict the value of your investment.


In conclusion, both REITs and direct real estate investments have their own set of pros and cons that investors should consider before making a decision. REITs offer liquidity and the ability to invest in a diversified portfolio of properties without having to manage them, while direct real estate investments offer the potential for higher returns, more control over investments, rental income, and a way to avoid market fluctuations. Ultimately, the choice between REITs and direct real estate investments will depend on an investor's goals, risk tolerance, and investment horizon. I'm not a financial advisor, I am a licensed real estate broker in the state of Colorado. Please do plenty of research when considering any real estate investment and consult a professional.

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