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November 15, 2011

Where Are Real Estate Investors Putting Their Money?

Hi Folks,
   Glad to have you back.

   Are Real Estate Investors buying homes? Condos? Apartment Buildings and Rentals? Well...kind of

   They are putting their money into real-estate investment trusts, or REITs (shares of professionally managed property portfolios), according to AnnaMaria Andriotis in her article, "Real-Estate Investors Target Neighborhood That Is Looking Up" on the wsj.com website.

   Andriotis cites data from Citigroup Global Markets, which shows that so far this year, investors have "poured roughly $6 billion into publicly traded funds of U.S. REITs which mostly buy commercial properties like apartment buildings, office parks and shopping malls". These figures are up 18% from all of 2010, 400% from 2009, and are at a "pace unseen since before the financial crisis" Further, she says that property REITs have compound annual total returns of 11%, compared to about 4% for stocks, over the past 10 years.

   Aaron Schindler, managing director at New York-based Wealth Advisory Group, says that REITs focusing on apartment buildings in particular have flourished, "thanks to tight mortgage lending, renters who have put off buying a house and foreclosed homeowners who are now renting instead". Further, according to the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts, tTotal returns on apartment buildings and self-storage properties average about 10% and 22%, respectively, year to date through Nov. 9.

   REITs also can serve as inflation hedge, since rents also tend to rise with inflation. P.J. Gardner, an adviser and founding partner at AGW Capital Advisors, an investment consulting firm, says that those increased rents get passed through to shareholders (and by law, REITs must pay at least 90% of their taxable income—rents less expenses—to their shareholders), and thus those dividends offset some of the risks.

   Real Estate Investor? What are your thoughts? Where are you investing?

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Rob Eisenstein
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