REITS can be set up to not pay out for up to 30 years.
investment income is cash in your pocket
All property is protected from personal losses
You just can't do any of the maint or repairs yourself.
Once completed the REIT can be sold to other REITS
Valuations can be greater than actual present value
Mortgage and financial data can be protected from public disclosures
I like this site, lots of basic info
I don't like the crowd sourcing because of the high fees but for the sellers its a great way to build value without the risk of using investment firms.