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3 REITs That Should Rock In 2023

Dec. 22, 2022 7:00 AM ETEQR, INVH, VICI56 Comments


  • The year has been a testing ground for investors.
  • The following three REITs will get 2023 off the a good start.
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Brad Thomas has over 30 years of real estate investing experience and has acquired, developed, or brokered over $1B in commercial real estate transactions. He has been featured in Barron's, Bloomberg, Fox Business, and many other media outlets. He's the author of four books, including the latest, REITs For Dummies.

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Comments (56)

When I see statements like "VICI is currently undervalued. P/AFFO of 18.02x and P/FFO of 15.73x is about 10% lower than their historical average." I have to ask, what was the interest rate environment during that historical time? And what period does it cover?

If those evaluation measures were restricted to a period when rates were 1 or 2%, how does that prove we are undervalued now. At 5% interest perhaps we are overvalued. I need more information on what constitutes "historical ".
theheckwithtech profile picture
Long VICI and EQR, but being in the construction industry and knowing the poor quality of INVH homes (at least in Florida), and knowing the massive amount of construction defect lawsuits that continue to pour in this market, I'm avoiding that one. Even if the rental segment is insulated somewhat from these lawsuits, it's a matter of principle for me. I cannot support a company that goes against my personal quality standards.
Dave D R. I couldn't agree more with you. I have said over and over again on these "REIT" sites.....Wait to buy until Powell STOPS raising rates. I owned a lot of REITS in the past...sold out most by Jan 2022 (wished I had sold all of them).
One author in particular (not Brad) continues to say: "don't worry about the fact that the price has gone down by 30-40%...you get that "wonderful" dividend. If his followers had waited, they could have bought at the current discount of 40% and benefited by it. I realize that the authors here want to sell subscriptions, but it is unconscionable to continue to say "buy the dips".
Chowder profile picture
@drjoanv >> If his followers had waited, they could have bought at the current discount of 40% and benefited by it. <<

Although that's true, we only know that in hindsight.

Sometimes in these comment streams we assume everyone has the same goal but it often boils down to people with different goals and those goals require different actions.

Some people are into capital preservation more while others are into accumulation. If I am going to build a large position over time, I can't keep selling every time I think the market is going to correct. I have to manage my position.

As someone wanting to accumulate a large position, I only buy the REIT's I would automatically add to if the position did in fact correct 40%, and I'd do it without reservation. In buying as prices drop, I'm building a position while at the same time I'm lowering the cost basis.

A different tactic because the goal is different, it's accumulation as opposed to capital preservation. And I'm not suggesting capital preservation is wrong for others.
Dr.DaveR profile picture
@Chowder generally true, but you have to admit that this market drop has been telegraphed in the macro, the technicals and the valuations. The fed has repeated and repeated that they are crushing the wealth effect. All you had to do was listen and study a bit of market history. Once we found resistance on the trendline the second time, the following times were textbook rejections. This has, so far, been the textbook case of a structural bear market. I agree that there are great companies to buy, but not fighting the fed and sitting in cash has been the winning strategy for 12 months. Now the question is whether the lagging effects of the record pace of rate heights only retests lows or breaks something. Guessing which companies with hold up better than others is just a guessing game in the short to medium term.
Dr.DaveR profile picture
@drjoanv it's not just the REIT sites, it's 98% of authors saying to buy dips in a clear bear market. Patience is the key here, not buying every lower low.
RoseNose profile picture
Merry Christmas Brad, enjoy the family, be happy and stay safe! Rose:))
JBTCP profile picture
@Brad Thomas I know in the very recent past you've spoke glowingly about Power REIT. With PW having had a monumental crash recently and now being below $4/share, what are your thoughts? Thanks.
With rents and housing prices both dropping, I would be very cautious with REITs. There are better times ahead but I think it’s after the housing reset that is taking place.
seolink30 profile picture
Thank you, great content.
Brad Thomas profile picture
@seolink30 You're welcome. Happy Holidays!
Dr.DaveR profile picture
I enjoy your analyses on REITs. However, sitting in cash would have outperformed all of your buys for 2022. This is not the time to buy anything but to stack more cash and wait for the real recessionary, generational opportunities.
Brad Thomas profile picture
@Dave D R You're welcome. Thanks for reading and all the best!
Hi Brad.
I recently joined Intelligent Income and enjoy your guidance/articles. As a matter of fact, I will be joining your Elite offering shortly. I have a portion of my IRA in REITS via Cohen and Steers Quality Income and was wondering what you think of that CEF? I realize it can be volatile and it did get hammered in 2008. I also have my eye on “O” but would like to see it pull in a little bit. Happy Holidays to you and your family.
Brad Thomas profile picture
@Woody1959 Thank you. Happy holidays!
There is no reason for REIT's to fall like this. My REIT portfolio gained .64% today , although only cause MPW did over 8% , but still. FREL only lost .27%. CCI gained about .5% . On a day like today, that is very telling that the sector may have bottomed out.
AIRC that was spun off from AIV is mostly in the same markets as EQR and about 15% cheaper, with a div of 5.25%. I like EQR, but AIRC is a better deal.
@Brad Thomas
Happy holidays Brad, and have a great new years as well.

The REIT I am choosing right now is ESS.

Thank you for all your teachings here; I am glad I have been open to learning from you and how to make my own good choices. I own many of the stocks you have recommended and am very pleased with the results.

birder profile picture
I do like EQR and VICI and own a fair amount of each. I am not fond of INVH. Much prefer apartments such as EQR, ESS, and MAA.
Brad Thomas profile picture
@birder I like INVH for the growth prospect, although I expect VICI to also be a top grower in 2023. Happy holidays and all the best
Ret2030 profile picture
I am not morally able to invest in INVH as this REIT and several others have destroyed typical
Supply/Demand models and permanently and negatively affected the market for first and second time home buyers. Screwing over the little, individual and stacking the deck for the money mongers.

I did the same for the BUCHA’s- Blues, United, Cigna, Humana, Anthems after the un-Affordable Care Act allowing the massive transfer of health and wealth to the big “Health” Ins Conglomerates. Check their stock returns and tell me how this was healthy for the Employers and people who pay the premiums and costs of care.

I’ll find other ways to make a profit. And Sleep Well At Nite.
Brad Thomas profile picture
@Ret2030 I was raised by a single hard-working mom, and I know what you mean. I watched my mother sweat out 3 jobs to raise 2 boys and I knew early in life that I wanted to be a landlord not a tenant. REITs are a perfect way to become a LL without the drama of the 3 T's (taxes, tenants, toilets). As always, thanks for reading and Happy Holidays!
then perhaps a tobacco stock?

Ret2030 profile picture
@Brad Thomas I own VICI and is the worst performing of the 3 you wrote about.

Kudo’s for picking a few of the best performing REIT’s in 2023!

If I only buy a couple of your winners each year I’ll do just fine.
Recently jumped into EQR. Rental market is being underestimated for next several years. Well managed low leverage Reits don’t need 15-20% price appreciation to grow AFFO.
Brad Thomas profile picture
@Humble_Modesty Nice job. Thank you for reading & commenting. All the best
mizesa profile picture
A contrary opinion. Investing in REITs has been a winning formula - in the past. But is it still?

What was the winning formula? The Fed keeping rates at or near zero while printing $9T. INHV soared over 100% during that period.

But what is the formula now? The Fed is raising rates and doing QT. The results so far? INHV has dropped 30%. What about next year? The Fed says higher rates for longer. That means that the formula has changed for REITs. While one may wish for a return to the good old days ... one must also face the reality that those good old days are in the past and aren't likely to return soon.

What to do? INHV pays a paltry 2.98% dividend that could be cut at any time. There are very safe CDs and bonds that pay much more. Why not opt for those instead considering the current financial environment?
Brad Thomas profile picture
@mizesa As I just explained in my 2023 REIT Pick article:

REITs have performed remarkably well after periods of downturns After analyzing recessionary periods dating back to 1990, the best returns for REITs have been generated investing during the early cycle.

By understanding the leading and lagging behaviors of listed and private markets, real estate investors can tactically allocate at different times.

I’m in the process of completing the 2023 REIT Roadmap – an exclusive research report for members at iREIT on Alpha.

I Think You'll Be Impressed seekingalpha.com/...

Happy Holidays!
I agree with you. Brad's previous stock picks were horrible. SUMO off 70% comes to mind.. He now changed his focus to REITS. LOL
mizesa profile picture
@Brad Thomas Well I explained my position. The same position I outlined in January. Nothing has changed.

Have REITs performed remarkably well after periods of downturn? Of course! Because the Fed reversed course by lowering rates to zero while printing trillions. Sure if that again happens REITs should go up. Get in on the "early stage" if the Fed pivots.

However, now we are only in the middle of a Fed tightening and QT cycle - not the early stage. Therefore, I see no reason to rush to buy the REIT preferred shares on my shopping list. I will continue to wait patiently.
Kyle Fishman profile picture
Are you concerned that VICI is concentrated in Vegas (a desert area with water shortage problems)?
Brad Thomas profile picture
@Kyle Fishman Not at all... and that is one question I recently asked the CEO seekingalpha.com/...

Happy Holidays and thanks for reading and commenting
A question on EQR. Based on a price to AFFO of 23.65x. Is the AFFO dividend payout ratio very close to 100 percent? Seems a little high.
Brad, any thoughts on Florida’s P&C insurance premiums rising in many cases by well over 100% for many properties and how this could affect this investment? I’m not talking about state regulated rate increases which Florida insurance companies are also “justified” in pushing for.
This action was being initiated across the board by solvent companies on a large % of properties for renewals in 2021 well in advance of the hurricane.

I’m not talking about Rate increases requested but surging premiums within the current premium structure.

Income4ever aka Cyclenut profile picture
@Sarasota Stocks
Punta Gorda, just renewed mine , increased better coverage for only $400 more ... thats not unreasonable... Tower Hill
Chart_Browser profile picture
@Sarasota Stocks V.P. of the board in our community in PBC, FL and our insurance co. just advised us to allow ~35% more for insurance for our condo community.
Road-runner profile picture
@Sarasota Stocks Great question/thought. The property ins. Market in FL is an absolute mess.
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