Traditionally, investing in real estate has been synonymous with buying a home. For years, opportunities in commercial real estate, either indirectly through real estate investment trusts (REITs) or directly through private transactions, were classified as alternative opportunities that were mostly available to institutional investors.
Today, real estate investing has gained more popularity among investors around the globe. With increased access to commercial real estate through REITs, competitive historical performance, potential diversification benefits, and the increased globalization of commercial real estate, this once alternative sector now has a place in a diversified portfolio.
The information has been obtained from sources considered to be reliable, but we do not guarantee that the foregoing material is accurate or complete. Any opinions are those of the author and not necessarily those of Raymond James. Be advised that investments in real estate and in REITs have various risks, including possible lack of liquidity and devaluation based on adverse economic and regulatory changes. Additionally, investments in REIT’s will fluctuate with the value of the underlying properties, and the price at redemption may be more or less than the original price paid. Real estate investments can be subject to different and greater risks than more diversified investments. Declines in the value of real estate, economic conditions, property taxes, tax laws and interest rates all present potential risks to real estate investments. Diversification does not ensure a profit or guarantee against a loss.