NAREIT Media:Media Brief

Capital Raised in 2017 First Quarter Sets 3-year Record

Publicly listed REITs raised more capital in the first quarter of 2017 than in any quarter since the second quarter of 2014.

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REITs Deliver Strong First Quarter 2017 Dividend Yields

Income investors continued to find REITs attractive in the first quarter of 2017. 

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Seven Equity REIT Market Segments Outperform Index in 2017’s First Quarter

Home Financing REITs delivered a 12.19 percent gain to outpace the overall FTSE NAREIT Mortgage REITs Index in the first quarter, while Commercial Financing REITs gained 6.47 percent.

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Mortgage REITs Outpace S&P 500 in 1Q2017

Mortgage REIT returns outperformed Equity REITs and the broader equity market in the first quarter of 2017.

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Single Family Homes, Specialty and Timber REIT Segments Lead Market

The Single Family Homes, Specialty and Timber REIT property segments led the Equity REIT market with double-digit total returns in the first two months of 2017.

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REITs Rebound In February

REITs rebounded in February after a slow start to the year, outpacing the S&P 500 in the month.  The FTSE NAREIT All REITs Index, the broadest index of the U.S. REIT market including both Equity and Mortgage REITs, gained 4.16 percent on a total return basis in February.

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REIT Indexes Underperform S&P 500 In January, But Five Property Segments Outperform

In January, the FTSE NAREIT All REITs Index, the broadest index of the U.S. REIT market, delivered a 0.24 percent total return, the FTSE NAREIT All Equity REITs Index delivered a 0.17 percent total return and the FTSE NAREIT Mortgage REITs Index returned 1.60 percent compared to the S&P 500’s 1.90 percent.

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Equity REITs Have Lowest Debt Ratio In 20 Years

On September 30, 2016, the debt-to-total market capitalization of the Equity REIT market (debt divided by the sum of debt and equity) was 31.9 percent, the lowest since the end of 1997.

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REITs Deliver Double-Digit Returns In Many Property Segments

Ten Equity REIT market segments – more than half of the property segments in the FTSE NAREIT All Equity REITs Index – had double-digit total returns in 2016.

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Equity REITs Underperform, Mortgage REITs Outperform Broader Equity Market In 2016

The total return of the U.S. Equity REIT market fell short of the S&P 500’s gain in 2016, while Mortgage REITs nearly doubled the total return of the broader equity market.

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