This technical document provides a comprehensive overview of real estate investment trusts (REITs). Created to promote and facilitate broad public ownership of commercial real estate, REITs are companies that own real estate holdings or mortgage, and that to operate within certain guidelines so that they qualify for REIT status. Mainly focuses on equity REITs covers the note a wide range of topics, including assessment and the many drivers, and also examines the benefits of REIT ownersh … Read more »

This technical document provides a comprehensive overview of real estate investment trusts (REITs). Created to promote and facilitate broad public ownership of commercial real estate, REITs are companies that own real estate holdings or mortgage, and that to operate within certain guidelines so that they qualify for REIT status. Mainly focuses on equity REITs covers the note a wide range of topics, including assessment and the many drivers, and also examines the benefits of REIT ownership over property ownership. The note concludes with a discussion on the future of REITs.
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C. Ray Smith,
Randall Smith,
Henley Green
Source: Darden School of Business
12 pages.
Publication Date: Mar 08, 2001. Prod #: UV2690-PDF-ENG
Real estate investment trusts HBR case solution