21 REIT Dividends I Love (and Hate!) for 2021

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Can we income seekers safely get back into REITs (real estate investment trusts) next year?

With the yield on the S&P 500 about to drop to a sad 1.5% (thanks, Tesla (TSLA) addition), renewed REIT-hope sure would be nice! The landlord industry index Vanguard Real Estate ETF (VNQ) pays 3.5%. That’s a dividend oasis in this zero-point-nothing world.

Once upon a time, VNQ performed in-line or better than the blue-chip index. It was a pretty good deal, as you could double your dividend and keep up with the Joneses’ portfolio with less heartburn.

Then, April 2020 came along, tenants stopped paying rents, and REITs-at-large got crushed:

A Good REIT Run While It Lasted

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Real estate investment trusts (REITs) as a group have been kicked to the curb this year. The sector has returned negative 1.3% including dividends—third-worst among the S&P 500’s 11 sectors, and miserable showing compared to the index’s 16.5%.

But note that I said “as a group.” Some landlords are doing just swell.

The secret to REIT picking, right now, is to identify the companies that are still collecting payments like it’s 2019.

Here’s NAREIT’s most recent rent-collection data, covering rents collected between April and September—all of our newly completed “shutdown” and “re-opening” and “just kidding, we’re closing again” months.


Source: Nareit

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