Publicly Traded REITs

U.S. Exchanges

REITs

Real estate investment trusts (REITs) are popular among many investors due to the fact that REITs must pay out at least 90 percent of the company’s taxable income each year in the form of shareholder dividends. This requirement gets many dividend focused investors excited the first time they hear it. Equally exciting is the broad range of publicly traded REITS available today. With approximately 200 tradable REITs spread across 20 categories, there is plenty to choose from as you look for that next high-yielding investment.

A full list of publicly traded REITs can be found by scrolling down or you can access a list of the REITs in each category by the industry links on this page.

Apartment REITs: These companies own and/or operate multifamily communities with apartments being the most common property type of investment you will find in these companies’ portfolios. Examples of companies in this category include:

AvalonBay Communities, Inc. (AVB)

Equity Residential (EQR)

Essex Property Trust, Inc. (ESS)

Correctional Facility REITs: These companies own correction and detention facilities including jails and state and federal prisons.

Data Center REITs: These REITs own, develop, operate and/or manage data centers. Examples include:

Digital Realty Trust, Inc. (DLR)

Diversified REITs: It is very common for REITs to specialize in a specific field of real estate investing, such as the categories you see of this list. These diversified REITs have portfolios with significant assets in more than one primary real estate area. There are over 25 companies in this category with a nice blend of small, mid and large-cap companies to investigate. Examples of some of the larger companies include:

Duke Realty Corporation (DRE)

Vornado Realty Trust (VNO)

SL Green Realty Corporation (SLG)

Farmland REITs: The basic business model of the farmland REIT is acquiring farmland and leasing it out to farmers.

Government and Defense REITs: These companies lease properties to U.S. federal and state government agencies and/or defense contractors.

Health Care REITs: Examples of the properties these REITs invest in include assisted living facilities, hospitals, independent living facilities, medical offices and skilled nursing facilities. Examples of some of the larger companies include:

HCP, Inc. (HCP)

Ventas, Inc. (VTR)

Welltower, Inc. (HCN)

Hotels: Many of the hotels these REITs own and/or operate fall under well-known hotel brands including Doubletree, Embassy Suites, Fairmont, Holiday Inn, Hilton, Hyatt, Marriott, Sheraton, Starwood, Westin and Wyndham. Examples of companies in this section include Host Hotels & Resorts, Inc. (HST) and RLJ Lodging Trust (RLJ).

Addition non-REIT hotel companies can be found in our hotels and resorts section.

Industrial REITs: These companies own industrial properties such as bulk distribution warehouses and light industrial buildings. Examples of companies in this section include: DCT Industrial Trust Inc. (DCT)  and ProLogis, Inc. (PLD).

Infrastructure REITs: A small, but wide ranging group of infrastructure REITs that own infrastructure assets in the areas of electrical utilities, oil & gas, transportation and renewable energy.

Life Science REITs: A small selection of companies that own build-to-suit campuses, laboratories and office space properties used by companies in the life science industry.

Mall REITs: The REITs in this category own malls including regional and super-regional malls. Many of the companies in this category are either mid or large-cap companies. Examples of companies in this section include:

General Growth Properties, Inc. (GGP)

Macerich Company (The) (MAC)

Simon Property Group, Inc. (SPG)

Manufactured Housing REITs: These REITS own and manage manufactured home, recreational vehicle and/or similar communities. Examples include Equity Lifestyle Properties, Inc. (ELS).

Mortgage REITs: These companies invest in a wide range of mortgage related securities and debt instruments. Examples of some of the larger REITs in this category include American Capital Agency Corp. (AGNC) and Starwood Property Trust, Inc. (STWD).

Office REITs: These REITs invest in office buildings that are used by a wide range of industries. The office category contains one of the larger selections of REITs with mid-cap companies comprising the majority of this list. Examples of companies in this section include:

Boston Properties, Inc. (BXP)

Kilroy Realty Corporation (KRC)

Liberty Property Trust (LPT)

Residential REITs: The companies in this section focus on single-family residential rental homes. Most of the REITs in this section are small or mid-cap companies.

Retail REITs: This section includes a list of companies that focus on freestanding retail properties. This page also includes a list of the mall and shopping center REITs. Examples include:

Federal Realty Investment Trust (FRT)

Realty Income Corporation (O)

Self-Storage REITs: These companies own and operate self-storage facilities. This section is comprised primarily of large and mid-cap companies. Examples include Extra Space Storage Inc. (EXR) and Public Storage (PSA).

Shopping Center REITs: These properties can include community shopping centers, grocery-anchored shopping centers, outlet centers and strip centers. There are quite a few REITs in this category including a mix of large, mid and small-cap companies. Examples of some of the larger companies include:

Brixmor Property Group Inc. (BRX)

DDR Corp. (DDR)

Kimco Realty Corporation (KIM)

Regency Centers Corporation (REG)

Student Housing REITs: These REITs own and manage on-campus and/or off-campus student housing properties. Examples include: American Campus Communities Inc. (ACC)

Timberland REITs: These REITs own and manage timberlands and most of the companies also are engaged in the creation of wood products through manufacturing facilities such as lumber mills and plywood mills.

Related Links:

Publicly Traded Companies by Sector and Industry

List of Public Companies in the Real Estate Sector

REIT Industry Resources

List of Recent IPOs, ETFs and Comparative Tools

REITs: IPOs in 2016

Global Medical REIT Inc. (GMRE) (IPO June 29, 2016: REIT, healthcare facilities)

Innovative Industrial Properties, Inc. (IIPR) (IPO December 1, 2016: medical-use cannabis facilities)

MedEquities Realty Trust, Inc. (MRT) (IPO September 29, 2016: healthcare facilities)

MGM Growth Properties LLC (MGP) (IPO April 20, 2016: casino resort properties)

REITs IPOs in 2015

American Farmland Company (AFCO) (IPO in October 2015: invests in farmland throughout the United States)

Community Healthcare Trust (CHCT) (IPO in May 2015: healthcare facilities)

Easterly Government Properties, Inc. (DEA) (IPO in February 2015: class A commercial properties that are leased to U.S. Government agencies)

Great Ajax Corp. (AJX)  (IPO in February 2015: focuses on single family mortgage)

InfraREIT, Inc. (HIFR) (IPO in January 2015: transmission and distribution assets)

Jernigan Capital, Inc. (JCAP) (IPO in March 2015: mortgage REIT)

National Storage Affiliates Trust (NSA) (IPO in April 2015: self-storage REIT)

REIT ETFs

First Trust S&P REIT Index Fund (FRI)

Guggenheim Wilshire U.S. Real Estate Investment Trust ETF (WREI)

iShares Cohen & Steers REIT ETF (ICF)

Market Vectors Mortgage REIT Income ETF (MORT)

Schwab U.S. REIT ETF (SCHH)

SPDR Dow Jones REIT ETF (RWR)

Vanguard REIT ETF (VNQ)

Additional real estate focused ETFs can be located in our real estate ETF section.

List of Publicly Traded REITs

U.S. Exchanges

Acadia Realty Trust (AKR)  (REIT: Shopping centers)

ACRE Realty Investors, Inc. (AIII) (Diversified REIT: Commercial real estate)

AG Mortgage Investment Trust, Inc. (MITT) (Mortgage REIT)

Agree Realty Corporation (ADC) (Retail REIT)

Alexander’s, Inc. (ALX)  (Retail REIT)

Alexandria Real Estate Equities, Inc. (ARE) (REIT: Life science properties)

Altisource Residential Corporation (RESI) (REIT: Single family properties)

American Capital Agency Corp. (AGNC) (Mortgage REIT)

American Assets Trust, Inc. (AAT) (Diversified REIT: Retail, office and residential)

American Campus Communities Inc. (ACC) (REIT: Student housing properties)

American Farmland Company (AFCO) (REIT: farmland)

American Homes 4 Rent (AMH) (REIT: Single family properties)

American Tower Corporation (AMT) (REIT: communications real estate)

Annaly Capital Management Inc. (NLY) (Mortgage REIT)

Anworth Mortgage Asset Corporation (ANH) (Mortgage REIT)

Apartment Investment and Management Company (AIV) (Apartment REIT)

Apple Hospitality REIT, Inc. (APLE) (Hotel REIT)

Apollo Commercial Real Estate Finance (ARI) (Mortgage REIT)

Arbor Realty Trust (ABR) (Mortgage REIT)

Ares Commercial Real Estate Corporation (ACRE) (Mortgage REIT)

Armada Hoffler Properties, Inc. (AHH) (Diversified REIT: Retail and office)

ARMOUR Residential REIT, Inc. (ARR) (Mortgage REIT)

Ashford Hospitality Prime, Inc. (AHP) (Hotel REIT)

Ashford Hospitality Trust Inc. (AHT) (Hotel REIT)

AvalonBay Communities, Inc. (AVB) (Apartment REIT)

Blackstone Mortgage Trust Inc. (BXMT) (Mortgage REIT)

Bluerock Residential Growth REIT, Inc. (BRG) (Apartment REIT)

Boston Properties, Inc. (BXP) (Office REIT)

Brandywine Realty Trust (BDN) (Office REIT)

Brixmor Property Group Inc. (BRX) (REIT: Shopping centers)

BRT Realty Trust (BRT) (Apartment REIT)

Camden Property Trust (CPT) (Apartment REIT)

Capstead Mortgage Corporation (CMO) (Mortgage REIT)

Care Capital Properties, Inc. (CCP) (Primarily skilled nursing facilities)

CareTrust REIT, Inc. (CTRE) (Assisted living, independent living, memory care, skilled nursing)

CatchMark Timber Trust, Inc. (CTT) (Timberlands)

CBL & Associates Properties, Inc. (CBL)  (REIT: Malls)

Cedar Realty Trust, Inc. (CDR) (REIT: Shopping centers)

Chatham Lodging Trust (REIT) (CLDT) (Hotel REIT)

Cherry Hill Mortgage Investment Corporation (CHMI) (Mortgage REIT)

Chesapeake Lodging Trust (CHSP) (Hotel REIT)

Chimera Investment Corporation (CIM) (Mortgage REIT)

CIM Commercial Trust Corporation (CMCT) (Diversified REIT: Hotel, retail and residential)

City Office REIT, Inc. (CIO) (Office REIT)

Colony Capital Inc. (CLNY) (Mortgage REIT)

Colony Starwood Homes (SFR)  (REIT: Single family properties)

Columbia Property Trust, Inc. (CXP) (Office REIT)

Communications Sales & Leasing, Inc. (CSAL) (Telecommunication infrastructure assets)

Community Healthcare Trust (CHCT) (IPO in May 2015: smaller healthcare facilities)

Condor Hospitality Trust, Inc. (CDOR) (Hotel REIT)

CoreCivic, Inc (CXW) (REIT: Correctional facilities)

CorEnergy Infrastructure Trust, Inc. (CORR) (Energy infrastructure)

CoreSite Realty Corporation (COR) (Data Center REIT)

Corporate Office Properties Trust (OFC) (REIT: Government Properties)

Cousins Properties Inc. (CUZ) (Office REIT)

Crown Castle International Corporation (CCI) (REIT: wireless infrastructure, towers, distributed antenna systems)

CubeSmart (CUBE) (REIT: Self storage properties)

CyrusOne Inc. (CONE) (Data Center REIT)

CYS Investments, Inc. (CYS) (Mortgage REIT)

DCT Industrial Trust Inc. (DCT) (Industrial REIT)

DDR Corp. (DDR) (REIT: Shopping centers)

Diamondrock Hospitality Company (DRH) (Hotel REIT)

Digital Realty Trust, Inc. (DLR) (Data Center REIT)

Douglas Emmett, Inc. (DEI) (Diversified REIT: Office and multi-family)

Duke Realty Corporation (DRE) Diversified REIT:  (Industrial, office and medical office)

Dupont Fabros Technology, Inc. (DFT) (Data Center REIT)

Dynex Capital, Inc. (DX) (Mortgage REIT)

Easterly Government Properties, Inc. (DEA) (REIT: Government Properties)

EastGroup Properties, Inc. (EGP) (Industrial REIT)

Education Realty Trust Inc. (EDR) (REIT: Student housing properties)

Ellington Residential Mortgage REIT (EARN) (Mortgage REIT)

Empire State Realty Trust, Inc. (ESRT) (Diversified REIT: Retail and office)

EPR Properties (EPR) (Diversified REIT: Entertainment, recreation and education properties)

Equinix, Inc. (EQIX) (Data Center REIT)

Equity Commonwealth (EQC) (Office REIT)

Equity Lifestyle Properties, Inc. (ELS)  (REIT: Manufactured housing properties)

Equity One, Inc. (EQY) (REIT: Shopping centers)

Equity Residential (EQR) (Apartment REIT)

Essex Property Trust, Inc. (ESS) (Apartment REIT)

Extra Space Storage Inc. (EXR) (REIT: Self storage properties)

Farmland Partners Inc. (FPI) (Farmland)

Federal Realty Investment Trust (FRT) (Retail REIT)

FelCor Lodging Trust Incorporated (FCH) (Hotel REIT)

First Industrial Realty Trust, Inc. (FR) (Industrial REIT)

First Potomac Realty Trust (FPO) (Office REIT)

Five Oaks Investment Corp. (OAKS) (Mortgage REIT)

Four Corners Property Trust, Inc. (FCPT) (Diversified REIT: Restaurant properties)

Franklin Street Properties Corp. (FSP) (Office REIT)

Gaming and Leisure Properties, Inc. (GLPI) (Diversified REIT: Gaming properties)

General Growth Properties, Inc. (GGP)  (REIT: Malls)

Geo Group Inc. (The) (GEO) (REIT: Correctional facilities)

Getty Realty Corporation (GTY)  (Retail REIT)

Gladstone Commercial Corporation (GOOD) (Diversified REIT: Retail, industrial and office)

Gladstone Land Corporation (LAND) (Farmland)

Global Medical REIT Inc. (GMRE) (Healthcare facilities)

Global Net Lease, Inc. (GNL) (Diversified REIT: Office, industrial and retail properties)

Global Self Storage, Inc. (SELF) (REIT: Self storage properties)

Government Properties Income Trust (GOV) (REIT: Government Properties)

Gramercy Property Trust Inc. (GPT) (Industrial REIT: Office and Industrial Properties)

Great Ajax Corp. (AJX) (Mortgage REIT)

Gyrodyne Company of America, Inc. (GYRO) (Medical offices)

Hannon Armstrong Sustainable Infrastructure Capital, Inc. (HASI) (Energy efficiency and renewable energy)

HCP, Inc. (HCP) (Hospitals, life science, medical office, post-acute/skilled nursing and senior housing)

Healthcare Realty Trust Incorporated (HR) (Outpatient medical facilities)

Healthcare Trust of America, Inc. (HTA) (Medical office buildings)

Hersha Hospitality Trust (HT) (Hotel REIT)

Highwoods Properties, Inc. (HIW)  (Office REIT)

HMG/Courtland Properties, Inc. (HMG) (Diversified REIT: Commercial Real Estate)

Hospitality Properties Trust (HPT)  (Hotel REIT)

Host Hotels & Resorts, Inc. (HST) (Hotel REIT)

Hudson Pacific Properties, Inc. (HPP) (Office REIT)

Independence Realty Trust, Inc. (IRT) (Apartment REIT)

InfraREIT, Inc. (HIFR) (Transmission and distribution assets)

Innovative Industrial Properties, Inc. (IIPR) (IPO December 1, 2016: medical-use cannabis facilities)

InnSuites Hospitality Trust (IHT) (Hotel REIT)

Invesco Mortgage Capital Inc. (IVR) (Mortgage REIT)

Investors Real Estate Trust (IRET) (Diversified REIT: Health care, industrial, multi-family, office and retail)

Iron Mountain Incorporated (IRM) (Data Center REIT)   

iStar Financial Inc. (STAR) (Diversified REIT: Real estate finance assets, hotels, industrial, office and retail)

Jernigan Capital (JCAP)   (Mortgage REIT)

Kilroy Realty Corporation (KRC)  (Office REIT)

Kimco Realty Corporation (KIM) (REIT: Shopping centers)

Kite Realty Group Trust (KRG) (REIT: Shopping centers)

Ladder Capital Corp. (LADR) (Mortgage REIT)

Landmark Infrastructure Partners L.P. (LMRK) (Billboards, Cellular Towers, Wireless Sites and Wind Turbines)

LaSalle Hotel Properties (LHO) (Hotel REIT)

Lexington Realty Trust (LXP) (Diversified REIT: Office and industrial)

Liberty Property Trust (LPT) (Industrial REIT: Office and Industrial Properties)

LTC Properties, Inc. (LTC) (Seniors housing, assisted living, memory care and skilled nursing properties)

Macerich Company (The) (MAC) (REIT: Malls)

Mack-Cali Realty Corporation (CLI) (Office REIT)

Manhattan Bridge Capital, Inc. (LOAN) (Mortgage REIT)

MedEquities Realty Trust, Inc. (MRT) (IPO September 29, 2016: healthcare facilities)

Medical Properties Trust, Inc. (MPW) (Ambulatory surgery centers, long-term acute care hospitals, regional and community hospitals, rehabilitation hospitals and women’s and children’s hospitals)

MFA Financial, Inc. (MFA) (Mortgage REIT)

Mid-America Apartment Communities, Inc. (MAA) (Apartment REIT)

Monmouth Real Estate Investment Corporation (MNR) (Industrial REIT)

Monogram Residential Trust, Inc. (MORE) (Apartment REIT)

MTGE Investment Corp. (MTGE) (Mortgage REIT)

National Health Investors, Inc. (NHI) (Assisted and memory care communities, medical office buildings, specialty hospitals and skilled nursing facilities)

National Retail Properties (NNN)  (Retail REIT)

National Storage Affiliates Trust (NSA)  (REIT: Self storage properties)

NexPoint Residential Trust Inc. (NXRT) (Apartment REIT)

Newcastle Investment Corporation (NCT) (Diversified REIT: CDOs and golf courses)

New Residential Investment Corp. (NRZ) (Mortgage REIT)

New Senior Investment Group Inc. (SNR) (Independent living properties and assisted living/memory care properties)

New York Mortgage Trust, Inc. (NYMT) (Mortgage REIT)

New York REIT, Inc. (NYRT)  (Office REIT)

NorthStar Realty Europe Corp. (NRE) (Office REIT)

Northstar Realty Finance Corp. (NRF) (Diversified REIT: Commercial real estate and commercial debt)

Omega Healthcare Investors, Inc. (OHI) (Skilled nursing facilities)

One Liberty Properties, Inc. (OLP) (Diversified REIT: Retail, industrial and office)

Orchid Island Capital, Inc. (ORC)  (Mortgage REIT)

Owens Realty Mortgage, Inc. (ORM) (Mortgage REIT)

Paramount Group, Inc. (PGRE) (Office REIT)

Pebblebrook Hotel Trust (PEB) (Hotel REIT)

Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment Trust (PEI) (REIT: Malls)

PennyMac Mortgage Investment Trust (PMT) (Mortgage REIT)

PHH Corp (PHH) (Mortgage servicing)

Physicians Realty Trust (DOC) (Medical office buildings, outpatient care facilities and specialized hospitals)

Piedmont Office Realty Trust, Inc. (PDM) (Office REIT)

Potlatch Corporation (PCH) (Timberlands)

Power REIT (PW) (Energy and transportation infrastructure)

Preferred Apartment Communities, Inc. (APTS) (Apartment REIT)

ProLogis, Inc. (PLD) (Industrial REIT)

PS Business Parks, Inc. (PSB) (Industrial REIT: Office and Industrial Properties)

Public Storage (PSA) (REIT: Self storage properties)

RAIT Financial Trust (RAS) (Diversified REIT: Commercial lending, apartments, office and retail)

Ramco-Gershenson Properties Trust (RPT) (REIT: Shopping centers)

Rayonier Inc. (RYN) (REIT: Timberlands)

Realty Income Corporation (O)  (Retail REIT)

Redwood Trust, Inc. (RWT) (Mortgage REIT)

Regency Centers Corporation (REG) (REIT: Shopping centers)

Resource Capital Corp. (RSO) (Mortgage REIT)

Rexford Industrial Realty, Inc. (REXR) (Industrial REIT)

Retail Opportunity Investments Corp. (ROIC) (REIT: Shopping centers)

Retail Properties of America, Inc. (RPAI) (REIT: Shopping centers)

RLJ Lodging Trust (RLJ) (Hotel REIT)

Ryman Hospitality Properties, Inc. (RHP) (Hotel REIT)

QTS Realty Trust, Inc. (QTS) (Data Center REIT)

Sabra Healthcare REIT, Inc. (SBRA) (Assisted living, independent living, memory care and skilled nursing and transitional care facilities)

Saul Centers, Inc. (BFS) (REIT: Shopping centers)

Select Income REIT (SIR) (Industrial REIT: Office and Industrial Properties)

Senior Housing Properties Trust (SNH) (Continuing care retirement communities, independent living and assisted living communities, medical offices, nursing homes)

Seritage Growth Properties (SRG) (Retail REIT)

Silver Bay Realty Trust Corp. (SBY) (REIT: Single family properties)

Simon Property Group, Inc. (SPG)  (REIT: Malls)

SL Green Realty Corporation (SLG) (Diversified REIT: Office and retail properties)

Sotherly Hotels Inc. (SOHO) (Hotel REIT)

Sovran Self Storage, Inc. (SSS) (REIT: Self storage properties)

Spirit Realty Capital, Inc. (SRC) (Diversified REIT)

Stag Industrial, Inc. (STAG) (Industrial REIT)

Starwood Property Trust, Inc. (STWD) (Mortgage REIT)

STORE Capital Corporation (STOR) (Diversified REIT: Retail, industrial and service)

Summit Hotel Properties, Inc. (INN) (Hotel REIT)

Sun Communities, Inc. (SUI)  (REIT: Manufactured housing properties)

Sunstone Hotel Investors, Inc. (SHO) (Hotel REIT)

Tanger Factory Outlet Centers, Inc. (SKT) (REIT: Shopping centers)

Taubman Centers, Inc. (TCO) (Retail REIT)

Terreno Realty Corporation (TRNO) (Industrial REIT)

TIER REIT, Inc. (TIER) (Office REIT)

Two Harbors Investments Corp (TWO) (Mortgage REIT)

UMH Properties, Inc. (UMH) (REIT: Manufactured housing properties)

United Development Funding IV (UDF) (Mortgage REIT)

United Dominion Realty Trust, Inc. (UDR) (Apartment REIT)

Universal Health Realty Income Trust (UHT) (Acute care hospitals, behavioral healthcare facilities, childcare centers, medical office buildings, rehabilitation hospitals and sub-acute care facilities)

Urban Edge Properties (UE) (REIT: Shopping centers)

Urstadt Biddle Properties Inc. (UBA) (REIT: Shopping centers)

Ventas, Inc. (VTR) (Seniors housing and healthcare properties)

VEREIT Inc. (VER) (Diversified REIT: Industrial, office, restaurant and retail properties)

Vornado Realty Trust (VNO) (Diversified REIT: Office and retail properties)

Washington Prime Group Inc. (WPG) (REIT: Malls)

Washington Real Estate Investment Trust (WRE) (Diversified REIT: Office, retail and residential)

Weingarten Realty Investors (WRI) (REIT: Shopping centers)

Welltower Inc. (HCN) (Seniors housing and health care real estate)

Western Asset Mortgage Capital Corporation (WMC) (Mortgage REIT)

Weyerhaeuser Company (WY) (Timberlands)

Wheeler Real Estate Investment Trust, Inc. (WHLR) (REIT: Shopping centers)

Whitestone REIT (WSR) (REIT: Shopping centers)

W P Carey Inc. (WPC) (Diversified REIT: Industrial, office, retail and self-storage properties)

Xenia Hotels & Resorts, Inc. (XHR) (Hotel REIT)