Real estate investment trust (REIT) exchange-traded funds (ETFs) ended 2021 as one of the top-performing ETF themes. Many REIT stocks gained more than 30% during the past year. On the other hand, the S&P 500 index returned 27%. Today, we introduce three REIT ETFs to buy that offer diversified exposure to the real estate sector stateside.
Seasoned investors invest in REITs due to their reliable dividends. According to the The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), REITs must pay out “at least 90 percent of its taxable income annually in the form of shareholder dividends.”
Soaring rents and occupancy rates for real estate reveal increasing demand for commercial and residential real estate space in 2022. The National Association of Realtors recently predicted housing prices could rise 5.7% through the end of 2022. REITs often benefit from inflation due to the structure of their leases, allowing for frequent rent hikes linked to the consumer price index (CPI).
|EWRE||Invesco S&P 500 Equal Weight Real Estate ETF||$36.55|
|NURE||Nuveen Short-Term REIT ETF||$35.38|
|XLRE||The Real Estate Select Sector SPDR Fund||$43.81|
Invesco S&P 500 Equal Weight Real Estate ETF (EWRE)
52-Week Range: $34.84 – $42.72
Dividend Yield: 2.39%
Expense Ratio: 0.40%
Our first REIT ETF is the Invesco S&P 500 Equal Weight Real Estate ETF (NYSEARCA:EWRE), which offers broad exposure to stocks in the U.S. real estate market. It is an equal-weighted ETF that shrinks the footprint of the largest REITs in the portfolio.
EWRE, which tracks the S&P 500 Equal Weight Real Estate Index, has 31 holdings. The fund, which started trading in August 2015, is rebalanced quarterly.
In terms of sectoral allocations, we see specialized REITs leading with 31.23%, followed by retail REITs (17.16%) and residential REITs (16.83%). The top 10 holdings account for around 37% of its net assets of $152 million.
EWRE has declined almost 13.5% year-to-date (YTD), recently hitting its 52-week low on May 20 at $34.84. The fund currently trades at a price-to-earnings (P/E) ratio of 38.7 and a price-to-book (P/B) ratio of 3.15.
Nuveen Short-Term REIT ETF (NURE)
52-Week Range: $33.08 – $41.45
Dividend Yield: 2.27%
Expense Ratio: 0.35% per year
Our second fund, the Nuveen Short-Term REIT ETF (BATS:NURE), provides access to U.S. REITs with short-term lease agreements. Such short-term REITs display less price sensitivity to interest rate changes than REITs with longer-term lease agreements. Therefore, they get increased attention in the current environment of increasing rates.
NURE, which tracks the Dow Jones U.S. Select Short-Term REIT Index, has 38 holdings. The fund was launched in December 2016.
With regards to sub-sectors, the fund is heavily skewed toward apartment REITs with 50.73%, followed by self-storage REITs (21.91%) and…
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