Last Updated: November 2023
Global real estate as a whole is a vast $320+ Billion dollar industry. If you are not keen on getting hands-on with rental properties (Think: Tenants, Toilets, Trash), investing in publicly traded real estate companies is a great option for investors looking to gain exposure to the real estate industry without the hassle. Since real estate is an extremely broad category, investors have countless options of companies to invest in through the stock market.
3 Main Types of Real Estate Stocks
In real estate stock investing, there are 3 main ways to invest in real estate stocks. From real estate industry company stocks, to REITs (Real Estate Investment Trusts), there are vehicles for all types of investors. We take a look at each type below:
Real Estate Industry Company Stocks
Real estate industry company stocks represent shares of companies engaged in various aspects of the real estate industry, such as property development, management, investment, and technology encompassing a broad range of sectors across all asset types.
REITs (Real Estate Investment Trust)
Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) are companies that own, operate, or finance income-producing real estate properties, offering investors an opportunity to invest in a diversified portfolio of properties without the hassle of direct property ownership.
Real Estate ETFs (Exchange Traded Fund)
Real estate ETFs (Exchange-Traded Funds) are investment vehicles that track and provide exposure to a diversified portfolio of publicly traded real estate companies, including Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) and property management firms.
List of 20+ Top Real Estate Stocks
There are many real estate stocks available to investors. Our curated list below includes all of the major stocks in the real estate industry, including their ticker symbol, company name, industry sector, and type of security (e.g. REIT, ETF, etc.).
|AMT||American Tower||Wireless Commmunication||REIT|
|ANGI||Angi Inc||Home Services||Stock|
|CGSP||Costar Group||Software, Marketing||Stock|
|EQIX||Equinix (data centers)||Commercial, Industrial||REIT|
|HD||The Home Depot, Inc.||Construction||Stock|
|INDS||Pacer Industrial Real Estate ETF||Commercial Industrial||ETF|
|LOW||Lowe's Companies, Inc.||Construction||Stock|
|NNN||NNN REIT Inc||Commercial||REIT|
|PRCH||Porch Group, Inc||Home Services||Stock|
|PSA||Public Storage||Self Storage||REIT|
|REZ||iShares Residential and Multisector Real Estate ETF||Multifamily, Commercial, Office, Self Storage||ETF|
|RSPR||Invesco S&P 500 Equal Weight Real Estate ETF||Single Family Rentals, Multifamily, Commercial, Office, Self Storage||ETF|
|SPG||Simon Property Group||Commercial, Retail||REIT|
|VNQ||Vanguard Real Estate ETF||Commercial, Office, Hospitality||ETF|
|ZG||Zillow Group||Software, Marketing||Stock|
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Which is Better to Invest in – Physical Real Estate or Real Estate Stocks?
The decision to invest in physical real estate or real estate stocks depends on an individual’s financial goals, risk tolerance, capital availability, and desired level of involvement. Physical real estate offers tangible assets and potential rental income, but it also requires significant capital upfront and hands-on management. In contrast, real estate stocks provide liquidity, diversification, and a way to invest in real estate with less capital, but requires a thorough understanding of real estate finance and can be subject to market volatility. While both can offer attractive returns, they come with distinct risks, benefits, and responsibilities. Ultimately, the best choice hinges on personal preferences, expertise, and investment horizon.
|Criteria||Physical Real Estate||Real Estate Stocks|
|Initial Investment||High (down payment, closing costs)||Lower (cost of shares)|
|Liquidity||Low (time-consuming to sell property)||High (stocks can be sold quickly)|
|Income Source||Rental income||Dividends, capital appreciation|
|Management||Hands-on (unless using a property manager)||Passive (no direct property management)|
|Diversification||Limited to specific properties/locations||Broad exposure to various properties/sectors|
|Leverage||Can use mortgages to buy properties||Limited to trading on margin|
|Tax Benefits||Depreciation, mortgage interest deductions||Qualified dividends (for some REITs)|
|Volatility||Generally stable but can have regional fluctuations||Subject to stock market volatility|
|Long-term Appreciation||Property value growth||Stock value growth|
|Barriers to Entry||Higher (credit checks, property maintenance knowledge)||Lower (basic understanding of stock market)|
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