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Real estate investment trusts (REITs) have long been an income seeker’s secret weapon.

Thanks to their tax structures, REITs kick back much of their net income as dividends. The tax structure allows many REITs to yield well over 4%. Moreover, rent growth – and the cash flows this provides – has historically provided real estate firms with the ability to grow those dividends at faster rates than inflation.

As a result, apartments, office buildings and shopping plazas have become standard holdings in many income portfolios.

But what about self-storage units?

Believe it or not, self-storage units and facilities have been one of the hottest real estate sub-sectors around. The best part is that there is still plenty of growth ahead. For investors looking for income and a steady dose of gains, the sector could be one of the best bets out there.

Click here to read about why REITs are great dividend stocks. You can further explore ETFs that offer exposure to REITs here.

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