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REIT stands for Real Estate Investment Trust.
"How do they earn money," you ask?
REITs pool money from investors to invest in a portfolio of income-generating real estate assets.
These assets can be:
In exchange for your investment in a REIT, you will receive distributions (read: money!) at regular intervals — usually on a quarterly basis.
But since REITs are professionally managed, the REIT managers will receive REIT management fees and property management fees. These will be paid out first before you, as an investor, receive your share of the cut.
So all you need is an online brokerage in order to purchase the REIT you want.
The great thing about this is that this means REIT investors can gain exposure to the property market without the need for a huge capital outlay.
And unlike common stocks, REITs also enjoy unique tax transparency.
In order to qualify for this, Singapore REITs are required to pay out at least 90% of their taxable income to unitholders in the same year which the income comes in.
These regular and high payouts make Singapore REITs very attractive as an investment, particularly for investors who are looking for a regular source of passive income.
REITs pool money from investors to buy and manage a portfolio of real estate assets or properties.
There are a few types of properties that they focus on.
As an investor, you can choose which type of REIT class you would like to invest in based on your area of interest or expertise.
Industrial REITs focus on industrial-related properties such as data centres, industrial parks or warehouses.
A good example of a commercial REIT would be the one that almost everybody knows: CapitaLand Commercial Trust. These types of REITs invest directly or indirectly in office buildings.
Residential REITs are pretty self-explanatory. These REITs own or operate rental properties. Such properties range from entire apartment buildings which are rented out to different families to manufactured housing.
Hospitality REITs focus on properties which deal with hospitality. These REITs own properties such as serviced apartments and hotels. Ascott Residence Trust is a good example of such a REIT.
Given our ever-rising medical costs, healthcare REITs is an interesting subset of REITs to invest in. These REITs focusing on hospitals, medical centres, nursing and retirement homes. A prime example of healthcare REITs will be Parkway Life REIT.
Retail REITs invest in shopping malls and freestanding retail. There're no prizes for guessing, but yep, CapitaLand Mall Trust is a retail REIT.
On top of the above REIT classes, investors can look at the three REIT Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) such as Phillip SGX APAC Dividend Leaders REIT ETF, NikkoAM-Straits Trading Asia ex Japan REIT ETF or Lion-Phillip S-REIT ETF to invest in REITs.
Here're 10 simple steps to follow if you want to find the best Singapore REITs:
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