REITs Up 5 Percent in July; Earnings Underscore Healthy Fundamentals

August 03, 2015 · reit.com

REITs turned higher in July as solid second quarter earnings reports reaffirmed that fundamentals in the sector remain healthy, analysts said.

The total returns of the FTSE/NAREIT All REIT Index gained 4.9 percent in July, while the S&P 500 Index rose 2.1 percent. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note dropped 0.1 percent for the month.

Through July 31, total returns from the FTSE/NAREIT All REIT Index for 2015 slipped 0.6 percent, while the S&P 500 Index was 3.4 percent higher in the same period.

Limiting Like-Kind Exchanges Would Hurt Real Estate, Study Finds

July 10, 2015 · reit.com

Like-kind exchanges aid the commercial real estate sector by promoting increased investment, reducing holding periods and lowering leverage levels, according to an academic study released July 9.

Also known as 1031 exchanges after Section 1031 of the Internal Revenue Code, like-kind exchanges allow individuals and businesses to defer the payment of taxes on gains made on the exchange of property held for investment or in a trade or business for “like-kind” property.

NAREIT and Partners Sponsor University Real Estate Portfolio Challenge™

July 09, 2015 · reit.com

NAREIT and two other partners are sponsoring the first annual Real Confidence University Portfolio Challenge™, in which teams from 15 universities vie to create the best-performing portfolio from a mixture of real estate investments.