Investing in REITs: Real Estate Investment Trusts / Edition 3

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The consistency of REITs' earnings and their high dividend yields, together with the low correlation of REIT stock prices with prices of other asset classes, make real estate investment trusts a unique opportunity for investors.

Drawing on more than thirty years of successful investing experience with REITs, Ralph L. Block has created the ultimate REIT guide. This third edition, fully updated, explains the ins and outs of this attractive asset class in an uncomplicated style that makes it easy for novice and professional investors, as well as financial planners and investment advisers, to find what they need to know.

This new edition offers the following:

  • How to spot blue-chip REITs and control investment risk
  • How REITs compare with other investments
  • How to build a diversified REIT portfolio, directly or with REIT mutual funds
  • Understanding the risk-and-reward dynamics of commercial real estate
  • Important new developments and strategies in the REIT industry

This a thoroughly revised and updated edition of a book has established itself as "the standard" on the topic and now has more than 50,000 copies in print. The author explains the ins and outs of this unique asset class in an uncomplicated, but authoritative style.

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"The well-informed author has written the most complete and easy-to-read book about real estate investment trusts yet. The stunning graphics are matched by excellent, detailed information concisely arranged."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781576601938
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/28/2006
  • Series: Bloomberg Series, #17
  • Edition description: Revised edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 6.38 (w) x 9.48 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Ralph L. Block, JD, has been an active participant in the REIT industry for three decades, as an individual investor, investment adviser, professional money manager, author, publisher, and consultant. For his pioneering work, Block received the 2004 Industry Achievement Award from NAREIT, the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts.

He was chief REIT portfolio manager for Bay Isle Financial LLC from 1993 to 2003, portfolio manager for Undiscovered Managers REIT Fund from 1998 through 2003, and is currently a principal and senior portfolio manager for Phocas Financial Corporation, an Alameda, California-based investment advisory firm.  He is also the owner and proprietor of Essential REIT Publishing Co., which publishes The Essential REIT newsletter. Before becoming a professional REIT investor, Block was a business lawyer for more than twenty-five years.

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Table of Contents


PART I: Meet the REIT. 

Chapter 1: REITs: What They Are and How They Work.
An essential framework for investors.

Chapter 2: REITs versus Competitive Investments.
How they stack up against common stock, bonds, and utilities.

Chapter 3: Today’s REITs.
A revolution in real estate investing. 

Chapter 4: Property Sectors and Their Cycles.
From apartments to malls, office buildings to prisons. 

PART II: History and Mythology. 

Chapter 5: REITs: Mysteries and Myths.
Setting the record straight.  

Chapter 6: A History of REITs and REIT Performance.
From the trials of the 1960s to the rebirth of the 1990s and beyond. 

PART III: Choosing REITs and Watching Them Grow.

Chapter 7: REITs: How They Grow.
Growing cash flows and dividends. 

Chapter 8: Spotting the Blue Chips.
Types of REITs and investment styles.  

Chapter 9: The Quest for Investment Value.
Methods to value REIT stocks. 

Chapter 10: Building a REIT Portfolio.
Choosing the right mix of REIT investments. 

Risks and Future Prospects.  

Chapter 11: What Can Go Wrong.
It pays to know the pitfalls.

Chapter 12: Tea Leaves: Where Will REITs Go from Here?
New opportunities for today’s investors.


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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 30, 2007

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    More and more financial advisers suggest investing in REITs. But are they another real-estate investment fad, like the 'real estate limited partnerships' of the 1980s? Not at all, says Ralph L. Block, an experienced REIT portfolio manager and former securities attorney. In this clear, sensible book, Block provides an engaging overview of REITs and the underlying real-estate market in which they invest. Block's self-deprecating, casual style is refreshing, and the book assumes little background knowledge of finance, economics or real estate (though it does bog down occasionally in accounting minutiae). In addition to learning about REITs, you'll also get a painless refresher on investment basics at no extra cost. We recommend this book to prudent, buy-and-hold investors who want to know if REITs are right for them.

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  • Posted April 27, 2009

    Good Base

    Helped a lot with terminology. Provides an excellent bast for understanding

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 22, 2002

    Classsic Primer on REITs Updated

    Like the original, Investing in REITs is an easy and enjoyable read, taking the reader through the history of the REIT industry, an explanation of the property sectors, and a plain math primer on REIT analysis. Since the original book, the REIT Modernization Act of 1999 changed the distribution rules REITs live by and allowed REITs to own Taxable REIT Subsidiaries, which the author explains in detail. He also includes details of a recent diversification study that demonstrates the importance of REITs in every portfolio. And finally, the author re-reads the tea leaves for the future of REITs. It's a must read for anyone interested in building a REIT portfolio or including REITs in their existing portfolio of stocks.

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