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

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Additional New Trends

In Chapter 6, some recent new trends in the REIT industry were noted, such as joint ventures with institutional investors and asset recycling strategies (in which existing assets are sold to upgrade portfolio quality or to fund development projects). Investors have also seen several other recent trends in the REIT world, many of which may affect REIT valuations and growth rates; let's discuss a few of them.

Debt Leverage

We've discussed in other places in this book the wisdom and rationale of REITs' use of debt to increase investment returns. In looking ahead, an obvious issue is how much debt the best-regarded REITs will carry on their balance sheets. Perhaps I am excessively skeptical, but I've not been convinced that ...

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