Six Equity REIT sectors had dividend yields at the end of July that exceeded the yield of the FTSE NAREIT All Equity REITs Index’s 3.47 percent.  The top-yielding sector was Specialty REITs, with a 5.10 percent dividend yield.  Lodging/Resorts produced a dividend yield of 5.10 percent; Health Care’s yield was 4.88 percent; the Diversified Sector’s yield was 3.97 percent; Timber REITs yielded 3.79 percent; and Free Standing Retail REITs yielded 3.69 percent.

The FTSE NAREIT Mortgage REITs Index had a dividend yield of 8.66 percent at July 31, and Home Financing REITs beat that performance with an 8.74 percent yield.

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