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Three REITs to Consider in September

Real estate investment trusts (REITs) have taken a beating this year. The average REIT has produced a negative 22.7% total return.

So why is it a good time to invest in one?

Despite disappointing numbers, investors can take advantage of some high-quality REITs like Camden Property, AvalonBay Communities and Equity Residential.

Yes, they’re all down from 13% to 29% this year, but they all have good balance sheets and excellent credit ratings.

That high rating means that they have more access to credit than lower-rated REITs. Secondly, they can borrow at cheaper rates than their peers. That gives them more financial flexibility, an important factor in such a shaky market.

Plus, surprisingly, their rent collections have been quite good. For example, Camden Properties collected 98.7% of the rent it billed in July, which was higher than the 98.4% it received in the year-ago period.

Mr. Willig engages and coordinates a professional team of real estate brokers, general contractors, leasing agents, and property managers in order to rehabilitate, lease and maintain the properties he acquires for SpringView Investments. He has over 20 years of finance and accounting experience.


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