Equity Real Estate Investment Trusts

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Equity real estate investment trust companies carry out the actual business of running real estate businesses. These are what people are usually referring to when they speak or write "REIT."

Equity Real Estate Investment Trusts for Real Estate Dividends

As of 2004, the market cap of publicly traded real estate investment trusts was $308 billion. Since the U.S. commercial real estate market is about $4 trillion, there's still a lot of room for growth.

What are Real Estate Investment Trusts -- the law that creates them, and how this creates income for you

What are the advantages of REITs -- they are terrific for income investors

What are the disadvantages of REITs -- no income investment is perfect

What are the risks of REITs -- so long as real estate value and income goes up and down in cycles

How do Real Estate Investment Trusts grow -- these companies continue to expand in income and profits

What is NAREIT -- the trade association for REITs

In the past four decades some real estate companies have branched out, giving investors the opportunity to profit from nearly every kind of commercial real estate available:

What are UPREITs -- one technical structure of real estate investment trusts

What are DOWNREITs -- another technical, legal way to structure real estate investment trusts

What are Paired-Share Real Estate Investment Trusts -- some REITs have subsidiaries

What is a Taxable REIT Subsidiary -- some REITs own subsidiaries with income that is legally taxable

What is a cap rate -- REITs should earn the industray capitalization rate

What are Funds From Operations -- a creative accounting term with which to evaluate REIT financials

What are Adjusted Funds From Operations -- the REIT version of net income per accounting principles

What is the Price to Funds From Operations Ratio --P/FFO

What are Real Estate Limited Partnerships -- a form of real estate investment no longer in existence

UMH Properties, Inc -- United Mobile Homes

Kimco Realty -- neighborhood and community shopping centers

Regency Centers -- shopping centers anchored by grocery stores

Realty Income -- single tenant commercial properties

Public Storage -- operating storage space

Brandywine Realty Trust -- office and industrial properties

Brookfield Properties -- superior commercial real estate properties

BRE Properties -- residential properties in southern California

Boston Properties -- class A office buildings in Boston Massachusetts

Mack-Cali Realty -- East Coast USA office and office/flex properties

Cousins Properties Incorporated -- Sunbelt commercial properties

Duke Realty -- largest commercial real estate REIT

Health Care REIT -- healthcare industries commercial properties

Highwoods Properties -- southern and Midwestern US commercial properties

Hospitality Properties Trust -- hotel management

HRPT Properties Trust -- office properties

Kilroy Realty Corporation -- high quality commercial property in southern California

Liberty Property Trust -- commercial office and flex properties in both the US and UK

Lexington Realty Trust -- single tenant, net lease commercial properties

Maguire Properties -- class A office properties in southern California

National Retail Properties -- single tenant commercial properties

Corporate Office Properties Trust -- office properties

Pennsylvania REIT -- retail properties in Pennsylvania

SL Green Realty Corporation -- office buildings in Manhattan New York

Universal Health Realty Income Trust -- healthcare facilities

AMB Property Corporation -- leading developer of distribution facilities

BioMed Realty -- specialized real estate for life sciences industry properties

Developers Diversified Realty Corporation -- shopping centers

Digital Realty Trust -- IT datacenters REIT focusing in IT needs of companies

EastGroup Properties -- focused on industrial properties in the U.S. Sunbelt states

Equity One REIT -- neighborhood and community shopping centers in the south

First Potomac Realty Trust -- owning industrial and flex properties

First Industrial Realty -- international distribution centers for supply chain

Federal Realty Investment Trust -- retail property development, redevelopment and management REIT

Gladstone Commercial -- leasing business real estate and making mortgage property loans to small businesses

Inland Real Estate Corporation -- retail shopping centers in the Upper U.S. Midwest states

Monmouth Real Estate Investment Corporation -- net leasing commercial industrial properties to long term tenants

Mission West Properties -- research and development properties in Silicon Valley California

New Plan Excel Realty Trust -- retail neighborhood and community shopping center REIT

Prime Group Realty Trust -- Prime Group commercial real estate in and around Chicago Illinois.

Parkway Properties -- office real estate property in southern United States and Chicago

ProLogis Trust -- world's largest owner, manager and developer of distribution facilities for supply chain needs

PS Business Parks -- leasing office, industrial and flex space

Tanger Factory Outlet Centers -- leading manager and owner of factory outlet centers saving consumers money on brand name products

Weingarten Realty -- large REIT of neighborhood and community retail shopping centers

Agree Realty -- development and ownership of retail shopping centers, single tenant or grocery anchored

AIMCO -- Apartment Investment and Management Company, largest owner and operator of apartment complexes

Acadia Realty -- many shopping centers in the Northeast, Midwest and Mid-Atlantic

AmREIT REIT -- they invest in "irreplaceable corner," high quality commercial retail properties in major markets

Archstone-Smith real estate investment trust -- luxury apartment communities in major metropolitan areas

Avalon Bay Communities -- real estate investment trust owning and operating luxury apartment communities in high barrier to entry, major metropolitan areas

Saul Centers -- neighborhood and community shopping centers, and office properties

CLB & Associates Properties -- regional malls and community centers, retail shopping

Cedar Shopping Centers -- owns and operates shopping centers anchored by supermarkets

Equity Residential REIT -- "America's Choice for Apartment Living" is their slogan

Feldman Mall Properties -- invests in enclosed retail shopping malls

General Growth Properties -- large enclosed shopping malls REIT

Glimcher Realty Trust -- regional, super regional and community shopping malls real estate investment trust

Getty Realty Corp REIT -- service stations, convenience stores and petroleum distribution centers

Kite Realty Group -- quality neighborhood and community shopping centers

Macerich Company -- REIT that invests in major retail shopping centers in growing markets

Ramco-Gershenson Properties -- buys and manages shopping centers REIT

Simon Property Group -- regional shopping malls REIT

Taubman Centers -- high quality regional malls in the U.S., and being developed in Macao China and South Korea

Urstadt Biddle Properties -- community retail shopping centers in the Northeast United States

American Campus Communities -- real estate investment trust providing high quality housing for the college student market

Associated Estates Realty Corporation -- apartments for affluent markets

AMLI Residential Properties REIT -- provides high quality, expensive apartments for temporary corporate needs

American Land Lease -- manufactured home communities (MHC) for retirees, many age-restricted

Colonial Properties Trust -- owns many commercial real estate properties in the United States Sunbelt area -- the southern states

Camden Property Trust -- one of the largest multi-unit apartment building real estate investment trusts in the United States

Education Realty Trust -- real estate investment trust providing housing for college students

Equity Lifestyle Properties -- high quality resort properties REIT

Essex Property Trust -- REIT that acquires, develops, redevelops and manages multifamily apartment communities

Gables Residential -- REIT slogan -- Taking Care of the Way People Live and Forever Great

Home Properties -- owning and operating over 38,000 apartments

Investors Real Estate Trust -- REIT focused on commercial real estate properties in the Upper Midwest of the United States, plus Texas

Host Hotels & Resorts, Inc -- largest provider of brand name, luxury and upscale hotels, especially the Marriott brand name

Mid-America Apartment Communities -- creating apartment buildings with slogan Creating Great Places to Call Home

One Liberty Properties -- REIT that owns and operates commercial properties with long term leases

Post Properties -- providing upscale multifamily apartment units

Sun Communities -- real estate investment trust for manufactured home communities and recreational vehicle parks

UDR, Inc -- REIT providing high quality apartment buildings

Vornado Realty Trust -- large REIT with office buildings in New York City and Washington DC, retail properties and Merchandise Mart

More REITs based in the United States

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