23 Feb '12, 9pm

REITs: Both benefits and costs: by Tan Chin Keong Recent newspaper articles have increasingly laid blame on real...

Recent newspaper articles have increasingly laid blame on real estate investment trusts (REITs) for the rising occupancy costs in retail and industrial properties. In fact, in my earlier article in this newspaper titled "Hawker centres and REITs: An inflation face-off?" (Nov 25, 2011), I also highlighted that REITs, in their relentless pursuit of superior shareholder returns, have generally been very proactive and efficient in raising the rental rates of their investment properties. This is in the best interests of REIT shareholders; unfortunately, it also results in higher rental costs, which eventually filter through to the inflation basket. However, while potentially resulting in higher inflation, REITs also have their benefits. And having followed the Singapore REIT sector since its birth in 2002, I feel it is my responsibility to also highlight such benefits. First, t...

Full article: http://www.todayonline.com/Business/Property/EDC120224-00...

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