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10 REIT Investor Mistakes: Avoid Them At All Costs

Mar. 23, 2023 8:05 AM ETAMT, CBL, CPT, EPR, O, OPI, PSA, SLG, SPG, VNQ118 Comments


  • REITs can be very rewarding.
  • But they can also be very punishing if you pick the wrong ones.
  • I highlight 10 REIT investor mistakes to avoid at all costs.
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Jussi Askola is a former private equity real estate investor with experience working for a +$250 million investment firm in Dallas, Texas; and performing property acquisition in Germany. Today, he is the author of "High Yield Landlord” - the #1 ranked real estate service on Seeking Alpha. Join us for a 2-week free trial and get access to all my highest conviction investment ideas. Click here to learn more! 

Jussi is also the President of Leonberg Capital - a value-oriented investment boutique specializing in mispriced real estate securities often trading at high discounts to NAV and excessive yields. In addition to having passed all CFA exams, Jussi holds a BSc in Real Estate Finance from University Nürtingen-Geislingen (Germany) and a BSc in Property Management from University of South Wales (UK). He has authored award-winning academic papers on REIT investing, been featured on numerous financial media outlets, has over 50,000 followers on SeekingAlpha, and built relationships with many top REIT executives.

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