AvalonBay Communities, Inc.

  • Is This REIT a Dangerous Investment?

    By Dan Moskowitz - August 6, 2013 | Tickers: AIV, AVB, EQR

    Investing in REITs is an interesting game. Most investors take an interest because of generous dividend payments. However, many of these REITs are also highly leveraged. AvalonBay Communities (NYSE: AVB) fits somewhere in the middle.

    We’ll take a look at whether or not this is a positive or a negative and if now is a good time to be investing in REITs, and if so, whether another REIT is more »

  • How to use the coming drop in REIT's to your advantage

    By Gautam Lamba - July 31, 2013 | Tickers: AVB, IYR, SIR

    Since Ben Bernanke's announcement that the Fed might start tapering it's QE program, REIT's (and other high yielding assets) have tanked.

    While the reaction may have been a little more aggressive than was valid, the overall trend it signifies is correct. Since REIT's depend on debt to fund expansions, higher rates curb their ability to grow and put at risk their ability to service existing debt more »

  • Three Apartment Picks From Delaware Funds

    By Reuben Brewer - July 15, 2013 | Tickers: AVB, BRE, CPT

    As the housing market has recovered, apartment real estate investment trusts (REITs) have struggled. That's a buying opportunity says Scott Hastings, Assistant Portfolio Manager of Delaware Global Real Estate Opportunities Fund (DGRPX). He likes BRE Properties (NYSE: BRE), AvalonBay (NYSE: AVB), and Camden Property Trust (NYSE: CPT).

    A Positive Hidden by the Negative

    When Hastings looks at the home market in the United States, he sees an industry that more »

  • Make Money From Your Rent Increase - Buy These REITs

    By Michael Douglass - June 30, 2013 | Tickers: AVB, EQR, ESS, UDR

    As the economic recovery steadily marches on, young adults have accounted for “about 45% of net new jobs since 2010.” These younger workers are less likely to buy homes, in part because of job instability, and in part because of the substantial debt many are already carrying from college loans. Many young professionals gravitate toward apartments. Three Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) are well-positioned to make the most of this more »

  • Welcome to the New American Poorhouse Redux

    By AnnaLisa Kraft - June 24, 2013 | Tickers: AIV, AVB, EQR

    If you sat out the market rally, Barry Ritholtz advised investors to stop reading the doom and gloomers' take on Obamacare, hyperinflation, the goldbugs, the Chinese crisis, and the student loan crisis.

    That's where I disagree with the estimable Mr. Ritholtz.

    More debt, less buying power

    The student loan crisis is going to affect housing for decades with those who have recently graduated coming out with an average of more »

  • Great Synergy in This Multi-Family REIT Merger

    By Anh HOANG - June 12, 2013 | Tickers: AVB, CLP, MAA

    Recently, Colonial Properties Trust (NYSE: CLP) has received a buyout offer from Mid-America Apartment Communities (NYSE: MAA) to acquire the trust for around $2.2 billion. To complete the deal, Mid-America will issue new shares for Colonial’s shareholders, and each Colonial shares would be equivalent to 0.36 newly issued Mid-America’s share. For the past four years, Colonial has advanced significantly, from only $3 per share in the more »

  • Another Reason To Like Big City REITs

    By Reuben Brewer - May 6, 2013 | Tickers: AIV, AVB, EQR, UDR

    As the economy slowly recovers from the deep 2007 to 2009 recession, it appears that big cities are creating more jobs than the suburbs. That's one more reason to like big-city real estate investment trusts (REITs) like Equity Residential (NYSE: EQR), Avalon Bay (NYSE: AVB), Apartment Investment & Management Co. (NYSE: AIV), and UDR (NYSE: UDR).

    A Long Trend

    There has been a long tend in job creation in The more »

  • 5 Bullish Income Plays by This Mega-Billionaire

    By Meena Krishnamsetty - March 20, 2013 | Tickers: AVB, GE, JPM, OXY, PM

    David Elliot Shaw, more commonly known as D. E. Shaw, founded his hedge fund firm, D. E. Shaw & Co., in 1988. Shaw’s $28 billion firm primarily relies on quantitative methods to benefit from security pricing anomalies, but has lately expanded its use of qualitative methods to pick winning stocks. This quant-based firm’s flagship macro fund, the $9 billion Oculus Fund, returned 18% last year. Another one of its more »

  • 5 High Dividend Financials With Booming Hedge Fund Sentiment

    By Meena Krishnamsetty - March 14, 2013 | Tickers: AVB, BBT, CME 130518C00060000, EQR, HCP

    U.S. lawmakers are faced with the difficult task of sustaining an economic recovery while creating a viable deficit reduction strategy to position the country for the future. The resultant uncertainty of the present economic climate, as well as fears of an increase in capital gains and dividend income taxation, have added to the turbulence of the financial sector. In the last four years, financials have borne the brunt of more »

  • High Growth Expectations Lead to Overpriced Homebuilding Stocks

    By Bill Edson - February 19, 2013 | Tickers: AVB, PHM, TPH

    It’s great to be in the homebuilding business right now, but you should not buy these stocks since homebuilder share prices anticipate great growth.

    The Macro Picture

    Yes, there is cheap funding for new home buyers and for companies willing to sell shares at rich valuations to optimistic buyers or borrow money at low interest rates. This is good news for companies, but not good news for investors (the more »

  • Micro Apartments Good For REITs

    By Reuben Brewer - February 11, 2013 | Tickers: AIV, AVB, EQR, UDR

    New York City is set to join Boston and San Francisco in allowing super small apartments to be legally built. While living in a 250 square foot apartment may sound horrible, it suggests that real estate investment trusts with a focus on crowded cities own great assets with plenty of rent growth potential.

  • It Is Too Early to Abandon This Hot Sector

    By Justin Carley - January 22, 2013 | Tickers: AVB, EQR, PSA

    The MSCI U.S. REIT Index finished 2012 with an 18% gain- marking the fourth straight year of outperformance relative to the S&P 500 Index.  Did you also know that this industry has outperformed in 10 of the last 12 years?  The favorable appeal of investing in real assets with consistent dividends has fueled strong demand for REIT equities.  Will outperformance continue in 2013?  Or will the excessive valuations prove to be too great of a headwind?  This article will highlight some bullish as well as bearish scenarios that investors in REITs should consider as the year unfolds.

  • 2013: A Year of Rebuilding for This REIT

    By Jason Earley - December 17, 2012 | Tickers: AVB, BRE, EQR

    After a strong 2011, BRE Properties, Inc. (NYSE: BRE), a real estate investment trust (REIT) focused on apartment complexes in the Western United States, disappointed investors with a stock that went nowhere in 2012.  What will 2013 bring?  With about 76.8 million shares outstanding, the company has earned $2.15 per share of funds from operations (FFO) over the 12 months ending with Q3 2012, with 2012 full-year per-share more »

  • Are These Bulked Up Landlords’ a Buy?

    By Matthew DiLallo - November 27, 2012 | Tickers: AVB, BAM, EQR, ESS, UDR

    Apartment REITs AvalonBay (NYSE: AVB) and Equity Residential (NYSE: EQR) announced that they were jointly purchasing the assets and liabilities of Archstone Enterprises from Lehman Brothers.  This $16 billion deal will have AvalonBay acquiring 40% of the assets with Equity taking the remaining 60%.  This is a big deal for both companies but does it make either a buy?

    For AvalonBay they reiterated their 2012 outlook while announcing that they more »

  • Attention REIT Investors: Don’t Miss this 7% Yield

    By Matthew DiLallo - November 2, 2012 | Tickers: AVB, BXP, MPW, PLD, SPG

    As an investor you can spend hours, days, or even years studying a stock only to buy it and have it under perform.  Then there are those other times when you seem to buy at the perfect moment, as the stock goes on a tear as soon as you add it to your portfolio.  For me, Medical Properties Trust (NYSE: MPW) is that stock…both of them. 

    Back in June more »

  • Bottom Fishing with 3 Companies

    By Chad Henage - October 15, 2012 | Tickers: AVB, BXP, SPG

    I'm a contrarian at heart. There is nothing I like better than betting on a company that everyone doubts and seeing the stock flourish in spite of what people think. The Motley Fool CAPS Screener offers me a perfect way to try and find companies that could outperform using my contrarian's bent. Each company in the CAPS universe is assigned a star ranking depending on what the overall investment community thinks about the company. Stocks that are expected to underperform are assigned 1 star, and companies that are expected to outperform get a perfect 5 stars. Periodically I like to try and bottom fish with the 1 star ranked companies. I recently ran a screen looking for companies that not only had a 1 star ranking, but that also had at least a 2% yield, and showed 10% or better earnings growth in the last few years. Three companies in the same industry caught my eye.

  • Rental REITs are a Good Choice in a Bad Housing Market

    By Kevin Gill - August 8, 2012 | Tickers: AMTG, AEC, AVB, HME, IVR, MAA, UDR

    If you’re like me and you believe that the market for housing ownership will be noticeably depressed for years to come, than you want to look at rental REITs. REITs (real estate investment trust) can be in slightly different forms. The type to embrace in this market deals exclusively with rental properties. Being a part of a rental REIT allows an investor to make money off of the surge more »

  • Is AvalonBay Communities the Once and Future King of REITs?

    By Jonathan Lim - July 30, 2012 | Tickers: AVB, CPT, EQR

    At today’s lofty valuation, AvalonBay Communities (NYSE: AVB) is priced to reflect its reputation as a safe haven amid turbulent times. But will holding this REIT have the same rejuvenating effect on investors’ portfolios as the mythical island of Avalon did on a wounded King Arthur?