A REIT (real estate investment trust) is a company that has property and building holdings and usually directly operates these cash flowing real estate assets for a profit. There are many different types of REITs and they can own and operate a variety of commercial or residential properties. Their holdings can include commercial office space, residential apartment buildings, warehouses, medical centers, shopping malls, hotels and even land management. REITs can vary in their degrees of debt versus ownership of their holdings.
Most REITs have issued equity in the stock market and can be publicly traded and invested in like stocks on exchanges. REITS are a distinct asset class that provides investors exposure to the real estate market without having to own real estate directly. They can provide diversification to a portfolio when combined with other industry sectors.
Here are some of the current best REITs in 2021 for investors to consider for diversification, yield, and investing. This list is a good place to start your research on finding a REIT that is right for you own risk tolerance and return goals.
The Vanguard REIT ETF: VNQ Dividend yield 3.85%
iShares U.S. Real Estate ETF: IYR Dividend yield 2.55%
Brookfield Property REIT Inc: BPYU Dividend yield 7.78%
American Tower: AMT Dividend yield 2.15%
Brandywine Realty Trust BDN Dividend yield 6.53%
Equity LifeStyle Properties: ELS Dividend yield 2.15%
Americold: COLD Dividend yield 2.34%
CyrusOne Inc: CONE Dividend yield 2.79%
Innovative Industrial Properties: IIPR Dividend yield 2.52%
Digital Realty: DLR Dividend yield 3.14%
CubeSmart: CUBE Dividend yield 3.83%
American Campus Communities: ACC Dividend yield 4.46%
STAG Industrial: STAG Dividend yield 4.64%
Physicians Realty Trust: DOC Dividend yield 5.06%
This post is for informational purposes only and is not intended as investment advice.