Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) are highly leveraged, borrow short term and lend long term investment vehicles based in the real estate market. These investments generally take the tax advantage available to them, thus avoiding the typical “double tax” that stocks and other investments generally end up paying. With a typical REIT, the equity holder is the only that pays any tax.
And with the extremely low interests rates, SeekingAlpha.com believes it is the best time to get invovled.
Investors should note, the current interest rate environment is ideal for mortgage REITs, thus investors should monitor for changes in the shape of the yield curve.
Just know that with every investment there is an amount of risk, so definitely do your research and know what you are getting into before you buy in.
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