What is a REIT?

Introduction to REITs: Understanding the Basics of Real Estate Investment Trusts


Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) have gained significant popularity in recent years as a smart investment option for individuals seeking exposure to the real estate market. For those involved in veterinary real estate, REITs offer a unique opportunity to diversify their portfolio while potentially benefiting from steady income streams. In this article, we will delve into the fundamentals of REITs, explore their relevance in veterinary real estate, and highlight how Terravet is working to give veterinary property owners options in their retirement, leasing, or property sale plans.

What is a REIT?

A REIT, or Real Estate Investment Trust, is a company that owns, operates, or finances income-generating real estate properties. REITs are created to provide investors with the chance to invest in real estate assets without the need for direct property ownership. They are modeled after mutual funds and public REITs may trade on major stock exchanges.

REITs are required by law to distribute a significant portion of their taxable income as dividends to shareholders. This unique tax structure offers investors the potential for consistent cash flow, making REITs an attractive investment option for those seeking regular income streams.

REIT Investment: Unlocking the Benefits

Investing in REITs can be an excellent way to gain exposure to the real estate market without the financial commitment and management responsibilities associated with direct property ownership. There are two ways to invest in REITs.  The first is through a cash purchase of REIT shares.  The second is to contribute a property into a REIT, referred to as an UPREIT, in exchange for shares in the REIT.  Here are a few key benefits of investing in REITs:

  • Diversification: REITs offer investors the opportunity to diversify their investment portfolios by investing in a wide range of real estate sectors, including veterinary real estate. This diversification helps mitigate risks associated with investing in a single property or location.
  • Passive Income: REITs are known for their potential to generate steady income in the form of dividends. By investing in a REIT, veterinary property owners can receive regular income without the hassle of managing property operations.
  • Beneficial Tax Treatment: Property owners who contribute their property into a REIT may do so on a tax-deferred basis.  IRS Code section 721 exchange gives property owners who “UPREIT” their property the ability to defer income taxes on the value of the REIT shares they received. 
  • Liquidity: Unlike direct real estate investments, publicly-traded REITs can be bought and sold easily on major stock exchanges. This liquidity provides investors with the flexibility to convert their investment into cash whenever needed.

Terravet’s Expertise: How We Work with Property Owners

As a veterinary property owner considering retirement, leasing, or selling your property, navigating the world of REITs can be complex. Terravet is a specialist in veterinary real estate and understands the options available to veterinary property owners. Terravet routinely makes its expertise available to veterinary professionals, making them aware of the full value available to them in real estate investments.

As an experienced veterinary real estate group, Terravet leverages its knowledge in many ways, including:

  • Extensive Network: With a vast network of industry professionals and potential investors, Terravet can help veterinary property owners find appropriate buyers or tenants, ensuring maximum exposure and optimal outcomes.
  • Market Insights: Terravet stays updated with the latest trends and developments in the veterinary real estate market. Their knowledge and insights can help veterinary property owners make informed decisions, maximizing the potential of their investments.


Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) present an attractive investment avenue for veterinary property owners looking to retire, lease, or sell their properties. By providing diversification, passive income, and liquidity, REITs offer a compelling investment opportunity with reduced management responsibilities.  Terravet’s team is happy to discuss potential opportunities that may assist you to achieve your investment goals in the veterinary real estate market. Get in touch today.

Disclaimer: The information in this communication is for informational purposes only and is neither an offer to purchase, nor a solicitation of an offer to sell, subscribe for or buy any securities. No offer of securities shall be made except by means of a prospectus meeting the requirements of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended.

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