BEWARE OF FAKE INSTITUTES WITH SIMILAR NAMES. blank    blank
banner

REITs and SM REITs: Exploring Real Estate Investments



  Apr 27, 2024

REITs and SM REITs: Exploring Real Estate Investments



Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) are companies that own, operate, or finance income-generating real estate. Modeled similar to mutual funds, REITs provide individuals with the opportunity to own valuable real estate, present the ability to access dividend-based income and total returns, and help communities grow, thrive, and revitalize. REITs allow anyone to invest in portfolios of real estate assets the same way they invest in other industries – through the purchase of individual company stock or through a mutual fund or exchange traded fund (ETF). The stockholders of a REIT earn a share of the income produced through real estate investment – without actually having to go out and buy, manage, or finance property.

Approximately 145 countries around the world have REIT regimes, with the U.S. being the most mature market. In India, REITs have been designed to provide a structure for real estate investment similar to the pattern seen in stock markets where the smallest unit used for trading is a share. In terms of real estate, this unit is a property. REITs serve as an attractive investment instrument for investors looking to diversify their holdings beyond stocks and bonds, providing them with liquid stakes in real estate.

The Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) is responsible for regulating these entities to ensure transparency, a high standard of management, and protection of investors. REITs must adhere to a number of regulatory requirements regarding their capital, the percentage of income they distribute as dividends, and the kinds of assets they can own.

Small and Medium Real Estate Investment Trusts (SM REITs)

What are SM REITs?

Small and Medium Real Estate Investment Trusts (SM REITs) are a category of REITs in India, introduced to facilitate smaller investors' entry into the real estate investment market with relatively smaller amounts of capital. They encompass both commercial and residential properties and aim to democratize investments in real estate.

Who regulates SM REITs?

SM REITs are regulated by the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI), which establishes and enforces rules designed to protect investors and ensure fair operation of these investment products.

What is the minimum fund requirement for SM REITs?

SM REITs need to gather at least ?50 crore initially, making it feasible for smaller investors to participate.

How many investors are required to set up an SM REIT?

To establish an SM REIT, there must be a minimum of 200 investors. This broad base helps distribute risk and enhances governance standards.

What are the asset requirements for SM REITs?

SM REITs are required to have at least 95% of their portfolio in assets that are fully developed and revenue-generating, ensuring that the investments are low-risk and income-producing from the outset.

What are the net worth requirements for an investment manager of an SM REIT?

The investment manager of an SM REIT must have a net worth of no less than ?20 crore to ensure that they have sufficient financial backing and expertise to manage the trust effectively.

What is the minimum subscription amount for an SM REIT?

Investors need to subscribe to at least ?10 lakh worth of units in an SM REIT, focusing on those who can afford this level of investment.

How does the listing process for an SM REIT compare to larger REITs?

The listing process mirrors that of larger REITs in terms of its structure and the steps involved but requires a higher percentage of developed assets to ensure stability and ongoing income.


SRIRAM's

 


Share:
 

Get a call back

Fill the below form to get free counselling for UPSC Civil Services exam preparation

 
UPSC DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS

 
Financial Crimes in Cambodia & Neighbors
 
UNITED NATIONS GENERAL ASSEMBLY VOTE ON PALESTINE
 
DU BOIS AND HIS VISION OF DEMOCRACY
 
CONSUMER PRICE INDEX FOR INDUSTRIAL WORKERS (CPI-IW)
 
RBI'S DIVIDEND TO THE GOVERNMENT OF INDIA:SIMPLIFIER
 
INDIA'S SUPPORT FOR TWO-STATE SOLUTION AT THE UNITED NATIONS
 
INTERNATIONAL DAY FOR BIOLOGICAL DIVERSITY 2024
 
RBI's Gold Reserve Strategy
 
SIMPLIFIER: WHY THE OCEAN’S COLOR CHANGES
 
SPACE TECHNOLOGY FOR EVERYDAY USE: SAR ON HAPS
 
IMPACT OF CLIMATE CHANGE ON MANGROVES
 
FINANCIAL INCLUSION AND WOMEN IN INDIA
 
Gopi Thotakura: India's First Space Tourist
 
FOSSIL WOOD IN INDIA: SIMPLIFIER
 
SIMPLIFIER: ZEBRAFISH EXPERIMENTS IN SPACE UNVEIL NEW INSIGHTS