real estate

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Definition of real estate

1 : property in buildings and land
2 : space, capacity her desktop real estate the limited real estate on hard drives— Leonard Wiener

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Synonyms for real estate

Synonyms

capacity, complement, cubage, volume

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Examples of real estate in a Sentence

She works in real estate. the enormous difference in real estate between a high-definition disk and one in standard definition

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How much would this impressive piece of real estate go for in real life? Elizabeth Gulino, House Beautiful, "Here’s How Much It Would Cost to Rent the Insane Mansion in The Great Gatsby For The Night," 19 Apr. 2019 A decade after the financial crisis, the government still maintains many of the same incentives that drove too much investment into residential real estate. James Freeman, WSJ, "When’s the Next Housing Crisis?," 17 Apr. 2019 For many, open-toed footwear means double the real estate for your favorite nail polishes, and come spring, there are plenty of options. Glamour, "The 10 Best Pedicure Shades for Spring, According to Pros," 14 Mar. 2019 Because the decisions that the rich make in 2019 will shape the real estate, philanthropy and startup worlds for years to come. Recode Staff, Recode, "Recode Daily: Wealth managers and charities are looking forward to an IPO-rich 2019," 21 Dec. 2018 Jackson Hole, Wyoming, is home to a plethora of pricey real estate, including many that redefine—and enlarge—the definition of your typical ski home. Megan Barber, Curbed, "Mod mountain retreat asks $11.9M," 9 Nov. 2018 The danger is that these easy-money policies could fuel destabilizing bubbles in real estate and other asset markets. Brian Blackstone, WSJ, "A Central Banking Domino Effect Is in Motion," 21 Mar. 2019 Toronto added more tech jobs in the past five years than anywhere else in North America, according to a report from the CBRE group, a corporate real estate and investment firm. Amanda Coletta, The Seattle Times, "As U.S. tech giants head to Toronto, some Canadians worry about home-grown talent," 25 Sep. 2018 Think Roald Dahl’s The Twits, only updated for wealthy people who make each other’s lives a living hell with ill-natured pranks involving a sauna, an elegant dinner, real estate, and, infamously, a chandelier. Vogue, "These Are the Best Anti–Valentine’s Day Movies to Make You Very Glad You’re Single," 12 Feb. 2019

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First Known Use of real estate

circa 1642, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of real estate was circa 1642

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real estate

noun

Financial Definition of real estate

What It Is

Real estate refers to land, as well as any physical property or improvements affixed to the land, including houses, buildings, landscaping, fencing, wells, etc.

How It Works

Vacant land and residential lots, plus the houses, outbuildings, decks, trees sewers and fixtures within the boundaries of the property are examples of real estate. Furniture, cars, paintings, jewelry and boats are examples of personal property rather than real estate.

There are a variety of ways to invest in real estate, ranging from real estate investment trusts (REITs) to buying rental property or multi-family housing.

For investors turned off by the idea of fixing plumbing and dealing with tenants, REITs offer the opportunity to participate directly in the ownership or financing of real estate projects. REITs are tradable interest (much like a share of stock) in a pool of real estate-related assets. REITs own, and often operate, income-producing real estate such as office buildings, apartments, shopping centers, warehouses and hotels. Many REITs specialize in one property type, such as offices, apartments or regional shopping malls.

Most investors buy REITs for their rich dividends, although those dividends are usually fully taxable. Keep in mind, though, that each real estate sector is affected by different economic cycles. Larger, diversified, or geographically dispersed REITs are less exposed to regional weakness and major economic cycles. On the other hand, smaller, more specialized REITs often provide the greatest growth potential.

Why It Matters

In addition to having real value that investors can touch, feel and understand, real estate can be an excellent diversification tool for investors. If you pay the right amount for your property, there's potential to reap steady, long-term returns as a landlord.

Portfolios containing real estate tend to outperform those without real estate over the long haul.  Investing in real estate can also offer reduced risk because the real estate market is not closely correlated with stock or bond markets.

[For information on real estate investment trusts, see our REITs definition.]

[InvestingAnswers Feature: Real Estate Investors' Top Strategies for Getting the Best Price on Rental Properties.]

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real estate

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English Language Learners Definition of real estate

chiefly US
: property consisting of buildings and land
: the business of selling land and buildings

real estate

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Kids Definition of real estate

: property consisting of buildings and land

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real estate

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Legal Definition of real estate

: real property at property

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