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REIT Foundations


  • ⏰ Viewing Time: 1h:13m

  • πŸ“Š Level: Foundations

  • πŸ§‘β€πŸ« Educator: Brad Thomas

  • 🌎 Region: Global 🌏

  • πŸ“œ Certificate: Score over 70% on the final quiz.


Traditional real estate is filled with challenges and limitations. It's expensive and slow-moving; it requires management and expertise, which many people don't have the time or the inclination to develop.

That is until REITs turned up. REITs allow investors to buy fractional ownership of real estate companies that can be bought and sold at the click of a button. But REITs are complex. Understanding the difference between equity REITs and mortgage REITs, ordinary shares, and preferred shares, listed versus unlisted, can mean the difference between generating wealth and losing money.

This masterclass takes learners from being a complete REIT beginner to having a good understanding of what they are, the various types of investment that can be made by REITs, and why you might choose one form over another.

Key Learning Outcomes

By the end of this, you will be able to:

  1. Understand what are REIT is and the 10 rules a real estate company must abide by in order to become a REIT.

  2. Identify the key pieces of US legislation that have led to the birth and evolution of the modern REIT industry, including the REIT Investment Trust Act of 1960, the UPREIT Legislation of 1993, and the REIT Modernization Act of 1999.

  3. Understand how REITs have performed from inception and, more recently, how they have performed through two major economic upheavals (the Global Financial Crisis and Covid).

  4. Evaluate the benefits and drawbacks of investing in different parts of the REIT capital stack, including equity, debt, and hybrids.

  5. Identify and evaluate the major vehicles through which investors access diversified REIT returns, including Mutual Funds, ETFs, and CEFs.

  6. Identify the major REIT investors and understand their motivations, including pension funds, endowment funds, and private equity funds.

Your Instructor

As the head of Widemoat Research and the author of numerous books, including The Intelligent REIT Investor and REITs for Dummies, Brad Thomas is one of the most experienced REIT specialists in the world. This masterclass brings together decades of skills developed investing in REITs and real estate.

Getting Started

  • To begin learning, simply click Enroll above and get started.

  • You don't have a set time to complete this. Go as fast or slow as you like.

  • Once you have completed the final quizzes successfully, you will be awarded a certificate, which we recommend you upload to Linkedin to evidence your continued professional development.