Top 5 REITs for 2021 Returns and Dividends


REITs and real estate got hit this year but could be the rebound story of 2021…or could be another year of disappointment if you don’t know where to look. In this video, I’ll show you REIT returns and share which real estate property types you should be watching next year. Then I’ll reveal five REITs I’m buying for 2021.

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REITs had a pretty abysmal year with the group down 7% through November. That overall return hides a huge disparity among the property types and different real estate stocks. The worst performing REITs like malls and hotels were down thirty- and forty-percent. The best performing sectors like infrastructure and data were up ten- and twenty-percent.

Being ready to invest in REITs for 2021 means knowing which of these property sectors will rebound, which will keep running and which you need to avoid.

Among the year’s losers, I would avoid retail and office space. Both still have long-term trends against them so even though there could be a quick bounce, the longer-term momentum is lower. I do like hotels and the resort REITs though and think this is where you see a lot of that pent up demand in 2021.

I also like healthcare REITs and have already highlighted a few of these on the channel. Even the REITs with senior living facilities should have a chance to recover this year and the long-term demographic trends and spending is definitely in their favor.

I think infrastructure and data center REITs are a little pricey at this point but can still be good long-term investments. The trend to 5G, streaming and Internet of Things is a decade-long shift that will benefit these real estate stocks for years to come.

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Joseph Hogue, CFA spent nearly a decade as an investment analyst for institutional firms and banks. He now helps people understand their financial lives through debt payoff strategies, investing and ways to save more money. He has appeared on Bloomberg and on sites like CNBC and Morningstar. He holds the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation and is a veteran of the Marine Corps.



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  1. Let's Talk Money! with Joseph Hogue, CFA
    July 21, 2021 at 2:15 pm

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  2. Don Shipman
    July 21, 2021 at 2:15 pm

    Always trust a man with a bow tie when it comes to cheddar! Love this channel! I come here as one of my 5 personal research confirmation sources!

  3. Ehab Atalla
    July 21, 2021 at 2:15 pm


  4. Izik Ilyaguyev
    July 21, 2021 at 2:15 pm

    Hi, Fantastic content! I have created a new REIT portfolio on M1 and I have 11 holdings in it. One of the holdings is VNQ and was wondering if it makes sense to have VNQ with my other REIT stocks.

  5. Ken Boone
    July 21, 2021 at 2:15 pm


  6. RantJamz
    July 21, 2021 at 2:15 pm

    Glad I found your channel

  7. william d
    July 21, 2021 at 2:15 pm

    I'm glad I discovered your channel 😀

    July 21, 2021 at 2:15 pm

    Hey your pretty spot on the REITS. Can you do a video on KIMCO REALTY ( KIM)?

  9. Just Make Won
    July 21, 2021 at 2:15 pm

    Are REIT's going to be negatively affected by higher interest rates?

  10. Guilherme Martins
    July 21, 2021 at 2:15 pm

    Guys, what about CIM – CHIMERA INVESTMENT CORPORATION? is this a good moment to buy? I saw that profits fell a lot in last year! give me your thoughts pls! tks

  11. Steve Halverson
    July 21, 2021 at 2:15 pm

    As of market close on 3-17-2021

    APLE. $15.65
    WELL. $73.69
    MPW. $21.88
    EQIX. $656.45
    AMT. $223.17

  12. David olds72
    July 21, 2021 at 2:15 pm

    What do you think of LTC 👍or👎.. thanks . Great video

  13. TheBennyDON
    July 21, 2021 at 2:15 pm

    Could you do a video on owning rental properties?

  14. Ruan Dorta
    July 21, 2021 at 2:15 pm

    Are those 3% on dividend monthly ? Or its 3% over the year?

  15. Chris Talley
    July 21, 2021 at 2:15 pm

    Are you able to file a 1031 exchange with REITs? I’ve heard that you can and I’ve heard you can’t. Any experience with this? Thanks.

  16. //PROJECT JT314
    July 21, 2021 at 2:15 pm

    YESSS!!! Glad that I narrowed in on Hotel and Healthcare REITs last month, just like you did! Coming from the credit card churning community, I know that there are many people gathering up points to book on travel and hotels. So I tried to find a REIT with LOTS of Marriott's, Hilton, and Hyatt hotels and BAM APLE came up!

  17. Jonathon Ryback
    July 21, 2021 at 2:15 pm

    Are these great for an investors first ever stocks to build and hold for retirement?

  18. Alex
    July 21, 2021 at 2:15 pm

    What about WPC ?? They are an awesome company

  19. chase burton
    July 21, 2021 at 2:15 pm

    Stock Card = Amazing. Thanks for making it free for us to learn and succeed!

    July 21, 2021 at 2:15 pm

    Never thought I would have better luck with a drug dealer tenant(just found out) than working class people.

  21. Smruti Mandal
    July 21, 2021 at 2:15 pm

    As a bonus European REITs also give a decent tax break. Too bad for us, they suck in their returns lately.

  22. C P
    July 21, 2021 at 2:15 pm

    VICI casino REIT 100% rent collection
    NHI medical REIT 96% rent collection
    STOR 90% rent collection

  23. Epinglé par Weather Hub FRA
    July 21, 2021 at 2:15 pm

    Clear and understanding

  24. Lucas Strittmatter
    July 21, 2021 at 2:15 pm

    Joseph, could you please discuss the dissolution of stock often done by REITs??

  25. Mike Medeiros
    July 21, 2021 at 2:15 pm

    Thank you so much man!

  26. David S
    July 21, 2021 at 2:15 pm

    REITS are due for a crash…..

  27. Michael Baker
    July 21, 2021 at 2:15 pm

    Low cost proven div paying thru the pandemic stock?