Friday, May 22, 2009

Understanding Changes in Your REITs and Real Estate Mutual Funds

If you have a wise investment portfolio, it is likely that among the things you have in your name are a couple of real estate investment trusts (REITs) or real estate mutual funds.

These are both a good way to get yourself into the real estate market without having to be out tens of thousands of dollars or more.

REITs and real estate mutual funds are portfolios of stocks, bonds and other Wall Street offerings that are specifically geared towards real estate. Really, they could be nearly anything from construction companies that build new buildings to the real estate interests that are going to manage those buildings once they are built.

For most people the process of getting into REITs and real estate mutual funds is easy enough. They log onto a website like and look at all the offerings out there. If you know what you are doing it will not take a lot of research to find a REIT that is right up your alley and make a purchase.

While you can do this on any website, if you don’t want to wade through pages and pages of investment information that doesn't apply to you, you may want to stick with a site like The reason for this is that is the first and only online brokerage that specializes in real estate investment trusts and real estate mutual funds. This means the news, reports and trends you are going to read on their site all relate to the investing style you are going to be doing, instead of having to sort through all sorts of things that don't impact you to find the one that does.

As you do your research, you may find that there are a couple of REITs you really like due to the offerings inside the portfolios. This is usually the reason people purchase REITs in the first place. But, it is important to know that any of those investments inside the REITs and real estate mutual funds can change at any point in time.

The management team of the REIT is always watching the investment. And from time to time they will decide to get rid of some of the items within the portfolio and possibly replace them with something else.

Not all real estate interests are going to go up. It is the job of the investment manager to keep an eye on all the items that are inside of a REIT or real estate mutual fund and make wise assessments on what may be happening to those interests in the weeks and months to come. If they do not see a chance for growth, they may cut that investment free and replace it with a more profitable one. This is the same thing you would do to your own portfolio. The only difference is instead of you having to lift a finger you have a professional portfolio manager who is looking out for your money for you.

This article was written by Earl E. Bird, III, spokes person for the, a website designed to educate investors on REIT buying and investing in Real Estate Mutual Funds. Whether you are a savvy investment guru or a new investor looking for guidance, has everything you need to be successful. Visit for more information.

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Invest In REITs Online

The Internet – Your Best Friend in Investing

Are you still of the old fashioned school where you think the best way to invest in stocks, REITs, bonds or mutual funds is to call your broker and ask him to make a buy for you? Why is that? By now, you should have realized that we have come a long way and the Internet is a way that you can take on these investments for yourself.

Many people are reluctant to take their own investing into their hands through the Internet. Their reasons vary from thinking they don't know enough about their specialty market to that they can't make the same kinds of buys as a broker to thinking that their broker knows more than they do and will make sure they get in on a good deal. Let's look at each of these for a minute.

I don't know enough about my market.

If you are one of the people who think you just don't know enough about your market to matter, that's only because you aren't trying to. If you invest in REITs, for example, there are wonderful websites that allow you to learn everything you would ever need to know, plus keep on top of what is happening right now, like

Learning enough about your market to make wise decisions only takes a few minutes a day to do and can take you a long way in the profitability of your investment portfolio.

I can't make the same types of buys as my broker.

Think again. While your broker may have a really fancy computer system on his desk that he uses to make your purchases happen for you, chances are he is really using a program that is just as simple as one you could use to make the purchase. For example, is a complete brokerage firm of real estate investing that will allow you to buy and sell, as you need to, from the comfort of your own computer.

My broker knows more and will make sure I get good deals.

Unless you are sinking millions of dollars a year into your accounts, you’re not big enough for a broker to call you. If your broker hears about a great buy possibility, he is going to call his most prized clients first. Those are not the friendliest ones, but the ones who stand the chance to make him the most money. After all, this is business. This means you are likely not going to get that phone call and are going to miss out on the deal.

On the other hand, if you were signed up with a company like you would see those news stories that are going to impact the market as they come through and also be able to take a peek into the minds of the analysts on their blog to get the inside track on what is happening in your investment world. Then you can make the decision to act right away and reap the rewards.
Making Real Estate Investing A Lifestyle

Are you a part time real estate investor? Do you have a few REITs in your portfolio that you look at from time to time to see how they are doing? If so, you are making one the mistakes that can keep you from being one of those investing success stories.

Many people look at investing as a hobby. It's just something to do with their extra money and they hope if they ignore it eventually it will grow into something. This is not the way to take care of your investments. Instead you need to take a more active role in them.

Investing is not a hobby. There is money on the line, serious money. It's your money, and you should treat it as such. That means once you start purchasing REITs you need to keep a closer eye on what they are doing as well as what the other markets around them are doing. This can help you key in on good time to buy, sell or make changes to your portfolio.

So what is the best way to do this? Well, you need to keep your investments in your own hands. The best method to this end is to go online with them. If your portfolio has REITs in it, it is even wiser to go with an online broker that knows and appreciates REITs like is a full service REIT brokerage firm, with REITs as their specialty, so you will be in a world where everything is focused on your market. That's good news for you because the more focused you can be on your preferred market, the more you can see what may be coming and know when to buy.

Once you sign up for, you need to learn how to use it to it's full potential to make sure you are getting everything you need to do better in investing. Start by making sure you know as much as you think you do about REITs. The education and advise area of the site will make sure you have all the knowledge you need to make smart decisions as you invest in new REITs or decide what to do with the ones you already have.

Next you need to keep up with what is happening right now. Remember, fortunes are made and lost in minutes on the market. While this is not as much the case with REITs, not knowing when to buy a REIT that is priced low can mean you are making less of a profit down the road. So, keep your eye on the REIT news section. This will give you an idea of what is happening in the market that could impact the REITs you have or are considering buying.

You should also look at the blogs and other statistics, as each of these things will give you a little more insight into what is happening.

Finally, when you are ready to buy or sell, you can take command of your portfolio and complete all of those transactions with online trading on the same website.