Property investments have become an increasingly popular form of investment whether to be used as a second home, as an investment for retirement or as a buy-to-let investment, the rates of return on property investments have been so strong over the last ten years or so that property investments are no longer seen as an alternative investment.
There are a huge variety of property investment companies to choose from and an almost limitless choice of types of properties in all sorts of locations. Another option is to invest in a property fund. These aim to provide long term capital growth by investing in a portfolio of properties which can include commercial property, housing or retail developments.
Real estate investment trusts (REIT’s) are trusts that own and manage investment property and are a mechanism for invest in property which offers certain tax liability benefits. REITs have been extremely popular in the United States and have since made their way over the Atlantic with the introduction of UK REITs in 2007.
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