NAREIT Media:Media Brief

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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REITS Reward Income Investors

Investors focused on income continued to find much to like in the REIT market in November.  The FTSE NAREIT All REITs Index had a dividend yield of 4.33 percent on November 30, the FTSE NAREIT All Equity REITs Index had a dividend yield of 3.98 percent and the FTSE NAREIT Mortgage REITs Index had a dividend yield of 10.11 percent.  In comparison, the dividend yield of the S&P 500 on November 30 was 2.12 percent.

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Single Family Homes Lead REIT Market In Year Through November

The Single Family Home property segment led the U.S. REIT market in the first 11 months of 2016 with a 28.34 percent total return.  Single Family Home REITs are benefitting from an environment in which many potential home buyers cannot meet today’s tighter lending standards.

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Equity REITS Underperform Broader Market, Mortgage Reits Shine In Year To Date

REIT returns underperformed the broader equity market in November as investors concerned with rising interest rates shifted assets out of REITs and other income-oriented investments.  The shift occurred in spite of the fact that analyses by NAREIT and various investment organizations have shown that REITs typically perform well in periods of rising interest rates.

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REIT Dividend Yields Are Up In October

REIT dividend yields increased in October over the prior month, and six Equity REIT market segments had dividend yields of more than 4 percent in October.

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