How to invest in real estate without buying a home
Real estate investment trusts are tax-advantaged funds that buy and manage properties worldwide. They give investors exposure to the market for housing without the burden of a mortgage. These funds traditionally support strip malls, hotels and apartment complexes. Today, many diversified firms offer exposure to rental housing, data centers and industrial assets. U.S. REITs control $4.5 trillion in real estate assets and analysts envision more growth ahead.