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Top Wall Street REIT Analyst Has 7 'Strong Buy' Inflation-Fighting Stock Picks With Big Dividends

Investors in Sun Communities stock receive a 2.23% distribution. BofA Securities has set a $224 price objective. The consensus target is $215.90, and the stock closed on Monday at $157.77.

Apartments

If there is one investment that never goes out of favor it is apartment living, and UDR Inc. (NYSE: UDR) is a premier player in the industry. It is an S&P 500 company and a leading multifamily REIT with a demonstrated performance history of delivering superior and dependable returns by successfully managing, buying, selling, developing and redeveloping attractive real estate communities in targeted U.S. markets.

As of September 30, 2020, UDR owned or had an ownership position in 51,649 apartment homes, including 1,031 homes under development. For over 48 years, UDR has delivered long-term value to shareholders, the best standard of service to residents and the highest quality experience for associates.

UDR’s development pipeline aggregated $689 million at the end of the reported first quarter and was 66.5% funded. The active pipeline includes seven development communities for 1,832 homes.

Investors receive a 3.19% distribution. The UDR price target at BofA Securities is set at $68, while the consensus target is $61.60. Monday’s last trade was reported at $47.69.

Health Care

Welltower Inc. (NYSE: WELL) pays a solid distribution and is a pure play on the aging U.S. population. This fully integrated and self-administered REIT is invested across the full spectrum of health care real estate.

The company invests with leading seniors housing operators, post-acute providers and health systems to fund the real estate infrastructure needed to scale innovative care delivery models and improve people’s wellness and overall health care experience. Welltower owns interests in properties concentrated in major, high-growth markets in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom, consisting of seniors housing and post-acute communities and outpatient medical properties.

Shareholders receive a 2.80% distribution. The BofA Securities price target is $110. The consensus target is $98.02. Welltower stock closed at $87.06 on Monday.


These seven top companies are leaders in their real estate niches, and their shares offer long-term investors who are seeking stability in a very precarious time for the stock market some solid additions to growth and income portfolios. Note that REIT distributions may contain return of principal.

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