Equity Residential

  • Wait! Before You Sell Your REIT Investments

    By Ryan Guenette - August 18, 2013 | Tickers: EQR, O, VTR

    Everything seems to be going wrong for REITs. The Vanguard REIT ETF is down nearly 20% from 2012 highs, however it may not be the ideal time to blow out of your REIT investments. It could even be an incredible opportunity for long-term minded investors.

    The Good Times Never Seemed So Good

    In May of this year, the REIT industry was rapidly approaching historic highs. The Vanguard REIT ETF, which more »

  • 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 »

  • Playing the Demise of the American Dream

    By Marshall Hargrave - August 4, 2013 | Tickers: AIV, BRE, EQR

    For the longest time, the American Dream included owning a home, but since the financial crisis, this mentality is changing. More and more individuals and families are turning to renting, in part, because of tight lending standards but also because it's becoming a favored choice. 

    Members of Generation Y and young adults are proving to be content with renting, versus buying. The U.S. Census Bureau believes the population more »

  • Don't Flip This House! A "Chickens" Real Estate Guide

    By Adem Tahiri - July 24, 2013 | Tickers: EQR, SPG, RWO

    Ladies and Gentlemen, it's official, real estate has finally joined the economic recovery.

    Since 2008, the U.S. government has tried nearly everything--including an $8,000 tax incentive for new buyers--to get housing going, and with good reason. The National Association of Home Builders estimates that about three jobs are created every time a new home is built. Just think of all the U.S. jobs that are created 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 »

  • Why Is This REIT Stronger After its Merger

    By Mike Thiessen - June 21, 2013 | Tickers: CLP, EQR, MAA

    Mid-America Apartment Communities (NYSE: MAA) will acquire Colonial Properties Trust (NYSE: CLP) and operate as a multifamily REIT. The equity market cap of the combined operations will be $5.1 billion with a total market cap of $8.6 billion. The merger was approved by both boards. CLP shares are worth 0.36 of a share of Mid-America Apartment Communities or a premium of 11% to its closing price on more »

  • A Few REITs to Consider for Your Portfolio

    By Mark Morelli - May 20, 2013 | Tickers: EQR, RLJ, SPG, TCO

    By most measures, the real estate market is improving. Some even call it a mini-boom. Can the individual investor take advantage of this?

    Besides buying rental property and becoming a landlord or investing in the obvious (home builders and home improvement centers), one way is to invest in the trend is through real estate investment trusts (REIT).

    REITs that own or invest in apartment buildings and upscale malls are particularly 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 »

  • Investing in Real Assets for Real Returns

    By Vikki Geary - May 3, 2013 | Tickers: EQR, ^FTSE, NEM, VCO

    Credit Suisse’s 2013 Yearbook paints the picture of an investment landscape that has changed beyond recognition over the past 50 years.

    Stocks, bonds and cash deposits treated our parents’ and grandparents’ generations very kindly indeed. Since 1950, the annualized real return on world equities was 6.8%; from 1980, it was 6.4%. For investors fortunate enough to be retiring today, equities have provided many happy years of golf 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 »

  • Why This Income Investment Isn't REIT for You

    By Reuben Brewer - March 1, 2013 | Tickers: EQR, HCN, OHI, O, SBY

    LPL Financial recently agreed to pay $2 million in restitution and a $500,000 fine to settle charges that its brokers were improperly selling nontraded real estate investment trusts (REITs). This isn't the first company to face charges in relation to these REITs. Investors should avoid these securities, no matter how enticing the sales pitch, and stick to publicly traded REITs.

  • The New Investors Playbook: REIT Edition

    By Adem Tahiri - February 28, 2013 | Tickers: CCG, EQR, HCN, RWO

    Take the boom of 2004, mix in the bust of 2007, throw in the Fed hinting at higher mortgage rates, and what do you have? A real estate market that’s downright scary to new investors. But fear not, Fool -- you haven’t missed the rally.

    Introducing: The Real Estate Investors Playbook

    Despite the recent rise for housing related stocks, any "interest rate" driven sell-off in Real Estate is your more »

  • Is This A Company Investors Should Store Their Money In?

    By Ryan Guenette - February 22, 2013 | Tickers: EQR, HCP, PSA, SPG, VTR

    A SWOT analysis is a look at a company’s strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats, and is a tremendous way to gain a detailed and thorough perspective on a company and its future. As 2013 begins, I would like to focus on a REIT that is a trailblazer in the storage facility industry: Public Storage (NYSE: PSA).

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    The Business:

    Warren Buffett once said, “Never invest in a business you can 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.

  • Housing Goes Haywire: The Boomers Are Here!

    By Reuben Brewer - February 11, 2013 | Tickers: AIV, EQR, HCP, HCN, OHI

    The last 65 years in U.S. history should probably live under the heading “The Baby Boomers are Coming.” This single demographic, largely because of its size, has had so many profound impacts on society it is almost unbelievable. Now, with the boomers entering the next phase of their lives, retirement, there are going to be more changes. One notable area to look at is the property market.

    From City more »

  • 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 »

  • 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?

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