Here are Our Three Best Buys in REITs

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High quality Real Estate Investment Trusts, or REITs, are among the most stable of the royalty and investment trusts. That’s because they own nondepleting assets, and can lock in lease rates and financing costs for long terms. Investors are also aware of the takeover prospects for REITs these days. That’s not reason enough alone to buy them, but it’s a plus. The REITs we recommend hold top-quality assets. In contrast, many other types of trusts hold lowquality assets in volatile industries such as resources and commodities, sugar production or restaurants. These trusts expose holders to hidden business risks that could have a sudden, devastating effect on their cash flow and yields. The best of the REITs have good management and balance sheets strong enough to weather an economic downturn. They also have high-quality tenants, and they carefully match their debt with their leases. They are also taking advantage of low rates to refinance mortgages. In some cases they have room to build or…

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