An owner of a real estate piece but does not live within its premises. An absentee owner may also refer to an entity, real estate investment trust ( REIT ) or corporation for example. The real estate that an absentee owner is holding may come to a wide variety, compared to an individual that may only own a single apartment or condominium, large scale real estates such as a shopping mall or an apartment building maybe owned by a corporation. The absentee owner's primary motivation is to generate return of investment through potential capital appreciation and rental income.