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Property funds come in many shapes and sizes. Some invest in residential property, like student accommodation or buy-to-let, while others invest in commercial property, like shopping centres, sports complexes, office blocks, ship yards and more. Both these types of fund invest in physical property – they own the buildings. There are also some property funds that don’t invest in physical property, but instead own shares in companies related to property. An example would be owning shares in a hotel group, self-storage company or listed property conglomerate.