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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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 Adult JAPs are found in all realms — real estate, dermatology, law, child-rearing. Jamie Lauren Keiles, Vox, "How the JAP became America’s most complex Jewish stereotype.," 5 Dec. 2018 Forbes estimated in 2016 that the Kushners were worth $1.8 billion, with their main sources of income being real estate ($1.15 billion) and venture capital investments ($420 million). Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Who Is Karlie Kloss' Fiancé Joshua Kushner? The Entrepreneur Is More Than His Brother's Politics," 25 July 2018 Besides trying to make money on real estate, the Vikings are also looking for a competitive edge on the field. Steve Harrison, charlotteobserver, "NFL teams are building state-of-the-art practice palaces. Is 'Panthers Park' coming?," 28 June 2018 He's also involved in local real estate, and is a realtor for Grand Lux Realty, which specializes in the New York area. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "Who Is Alexandria Ocasio Cortez's Brother Gabriel? He's an Artist and Musician," 8 Feb. 2019 Jeff owns about $84 million in real estate, Business Insider reports. Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos Has An Insane Real Estate Portfolio," 12 Jan. 2019 There are now roughly 600 stores across the country from these online natives, according to Green Street Advisors, a real estate research firm. Anne D'innocenzio, The Seattle Times, "Brands born on the internet embrace physical stores," 12 Dec. 2018 According to data from Amherst, a real estate investment firm, institutional investors purchases of single-family homes peaked at just under 80,000 in 2013. Jeff Andrews, Curbed, "Single-family rental companies turn to Opendoor, Offerpad for new inventory," 3 Dec. 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

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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Legal Definition of real estate

: real property at property

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