What Is Real Estate?
Real estate is the land along with any permanent improvements attached to the land, whether natural or man-made—including water, trees, minerals, buildings, homes, fences, and bridges. Real estate is a form of real property. It differs from personal property, which are things not permanently attached to the land, such as vehicles, boats, jewelry, furniture, and farm equipment.
- Real estate is a class of “real property” that includes land and anything permanently attached to it, whether natural or man-made.
- There are five main categories of real estate: residential, commercial, industrial, raw land, and special use.
- You can invest in real estate directly by purchasing a home, rental property or other property, or indirectly through a real estate investment trust (REIT).