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

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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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The Fed’s policy moves reverberate around the world, influencing the decisions of businesses and consumers by shaping the cost of credit and the values of stocks, currencies and real estate. Nick Timiraos, WSJ, "President Trump Bashes the Fed. This Is How the Fed Chief Responds.," 30 Nov. 2018 With booming development in areas like The Wharf and the arrival of Amazon in nearby Arlington, Virginia, D.C. real estate prices seems unlikely to decrease anytime soon. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has a point about housing for Congress," 21 Nov. 2018 The Hogan firm has numerous deals around the state, primarily as a real estate broker. Luke Broadwater, baltimoresun.com, "As governor, Larry Hogan's real estate business continues to thrive — prompting questions," 13 July 2018 Grocery stores are driving much of the local retail construction, according to a mid-year report from Weitzman Group, a Texas retail real estate firm. Paul Takahashi, Houston Chronicle, "Here are the grocery stores opening in Houston this year," 12 July 2018 Pro soccer players mixed with over 250 — real estate brokers and clients trying to score penalty kicks on an AstroTurf field. Dylan Jackson, miamiherald, "It's not just bars. From art museums to fundraisers, Miami has World Cup fever," 10 July 2018 The City Center parking lot work was paid for by Downtown Development Authority funds from recent real estate transactions, city officials said. David Ibata, ajc, "Woodstock announces latest downtown parking expansion," 7 July 2018 Billboards rise high above the streets, advertising haute couture or exclusive real estate, or bearing the unsmiling likeness of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, prime minister of the UAE and ruler of Dubai. SI.com, "Exiled by the Cubs, Sammy Sosa Is Enjoying the Life He Wants You to See," 27 June 2018 But instead of plastering it with images of glittery sunglasses or the words of artist Coco Capitán this time around, the brand has decided to donate its prime real estate to a good cause. Emilia Petrarca, The Cut, "Here’s the Story Behind Gucci’s New Soho Mural," 22 June 2018

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circa 1642, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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

: 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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Legal Definition of real estate 

: real property at property

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