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Investing in REITs: Real Estate Investment Trusts, 4th Edition by Ralph L. Block

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How to Get Started

We REIT investors can choose from three basic and very different approaches toward building a REIT portfolio: we can do the research ourselves; we can rely on a professional, such as a stockbroker, financial planner, or investment adviser; or we can buy a REIT mutual fund or ETF. Let's examine what's involved in each approach.

Doing It Yourself

The tools required to build and monitor your own REIT portfolio include a willingness to spend at least a few hours a week following the REIT industry and monitoring your REIT portfolio. It will also help to have a subscription to a REIT newsletter and/or access to REIT research reports.

The do-it-yourself approach is the most difficult and time-consuming method, but many investors find ...

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