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Canadian REITs and Retail


Canadian REITs and Retail

By Dr. Maurice Yeates and Dr. Tony Hernandez

The latest research from the CSCA focuses on the growth of real estate investment trusts (REITs) in Canada. What are REITs? Why are they becoming more important to the Canadian retail and commercial real estate development industry? Our analysis provides an overview of the forty-seven currently operating REITs in Canada with an emphasis on those with retail properties within their portfolios. Our CSCA Retail Insight highlights how REITs have proven to be a favoured business model for investors looking to diversify and for retailers to release the value of their real estate. Major Canadian retail REITs will be increasingly focusing on redevelopment activities to maintain growth in the future.

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