01 Dec '11, 9pm

The REIT stuff

In recent years, as buyers sought physical property amid fears of missing the market as prices continued to hit record highs, real estate investment trusts (REITs) have remained popular, though not with the same level of interest as before. K-REIT's announcement that it was acquiring Ocean Financial Centre triggered a rash of discussions on REITs and the financial diagnosis point to a consensus that not all such trusts deliver the envisaged investment returns. While the financial mathematics seem to put selected REITs in disfavour, the entire sector should not be tarred with the same brush. The REIT sector should be looked at holistically, including how they contribute to property market development and how they bring in the best market practices, notwithstanding the competition they create. REITs stiffen competition? It has been contended that REITs, which mainly hold por...

Full article: http://www.todayonline.com/Business/Property/EDC111202-00...

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