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Commercial REITs Hike Dividends As Economy Improves

The residential real estate market may be capturing headlines with its red-hot growth, but the commercial real estate market is close behind. With the economy re-opening, rents have stabilized, and real estate investment trusts (REITs) have reported strong growth.

According to Nareit’s Quarterly REIT Performance Data, equity REITs grew at an 8.3% pace during the first quarter—their fastest rate since the second quarter of 2020. Retail and Lodging/Resorts outperformed Residential by more than 5% during the quarter, continuing their strong gains from the fourth quarter of 2020.

Several commercial REITs have recently raised their dividends.


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