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Real estate as an investment. Investors may choose to invest in real estate through a limited partnership.Another alternative is to invest in real estate through a real estate investment trust (REIT).A(REIT)offers investors the opportunity to invest in income producing real estate properties .Individual REITs generally specialize in particular type of property,such as multifamily communities,retail malls and shopping centers,office properties,and so forth.they provide a means for individuals to pool resources for investment in a professionally managed portfolio of real property and/or mortgages secured by real property .REITs are attractive because they offer diversification and liquidity,they are similar to mutual funds,and they offer the advantages of skilled centralized management and continuity of operation.ERITs may be purchased through a stockbroker.