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Posted: 14 Jun 2012 | 6:00 am
In a significant improvement to the country's financial sector, the introduction of REIT's (Real Estate Investment Trusts) this month is a much-needed alignment to international practices.
Under the previous regime property funds have continued to enter the market but many of these are expected to convert to REIT status going forward.
Limitations on the existing property funds have been an inability to invest abroad and considerably higher leveraging (from the existing 10% up to 60%) which will be a boom for gearing up investment returns.
REIT's are commonly used in global markets and attract considerably more attention from institutional grade investors.
One thing for businesses considering to launch REIT's is that these are structured primarily on recurring rents and required a sophisticated level of planning and structuring to take place.
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