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What are some of the difference between investing through EasyProperties or investing in a REIT?

·        REITs must pay at least 75% of taxable earnings to investors, though some used to pay out more than this. EasyProperties pays out 85% of profit for the period. 15% is retained for maintenance and property related expenses but this still accrues to the investor and is paid as a dividend if not utilised

·        EasyProperties gives investors the opportunity to invest in specific properties in specific locations that they know, like and understand

·        REITs, by contrast, are a diversified mix of hundreds of properties in various locations, making it hard for the investor to understand exactly what they are investing in

·        REITs are managed funds, so the investment properties are determined by the REIT and investors have no say in which properties are bought or sold

·        EasyProperties assets are not marked to market every day as REITs are. This makes them less volatile and less subject to daily market sentiment

·        EasyProperties gives investors the opportunity to invest in off-plan developments and potentially achieve some of the margin that exists between off-plan and transfer of completed units. We also source off-market deals that are superior to what investors could buy if they purchased a unit directly.

·        EasyProperties pays out dividends every quarter. Most REITS pay out dividends bi-annually

·        EasyProperties pays out dividends which are subject to DWT. REITs distributions are classified as income – so and individuals marginal tax rate applies

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