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Q: I am looking for exposure to REITs for some capital appreciation but primarily for income either through individual REITs or ETFs. Can you recommend some individual REITs and ETFs. Is this a good time to be buying REITs instead of bonds for income?

Read Answer Asked by Robert on July 30, 2021

Q: My REIT stocks have taken off in the last month or so as yields have pulled back. Interest rates canít stay this low for too long as the BOC has already started tapering despite no action from the Fed. Do you think the move in REITs is overdone and should I trim and wait for a pullback as rates slowly rise? Do you think the disconnect between BOC and Fed policy will lead to further appreciation in the CAD?

Thank you,

Read Answer Asked by Jason on July 16, 2021

Q: Can you rank these Reits for value and growth please. Iím considering adding to 1 or 2 of these names. Thanks

Read Answer Asked by Scott on May 26, 2021

Q: Hi,
Could you recommend a few REIT's with a main goal of income and some growth.


Read Answer Asked by Brent on May 26, 2021

Q: Hi,

Im looking for an investment thats fairly stable, with some income, some growth and should do well in the next few years. I own no REITS, and no industrials presently.

Can you recommend 2 CDN REITS I should consider? If you have better options than the ones I listed, what else should I consider?

Can you recommend two US REITS as well?

Read Answer Asked by Graeme on May 18, 2021

Q: I have held IIP.un for about 9 month. Following some declines (story of my life) and then periods of stable value, the stock has been increasing nicely in the last couple of months and I am now up about 15%. Do you see continuing increases for IIP.un or will it flat line after this recent run? The other day a BNN guest suggested that TCN would be better than IIP.un, going forward. What do you think about a switch? Of the 2, which would be a stronger, more secure holding. Thank you for your excellent service.

Read Answer Asked by Leonard on May 11, 2021

Q: Currently own the above 3 REITs. Could you recommend another reit or two that could complement the above? Thanks.

Read Answer Asked by Jeff on March 29, 2021

Q: Would appreciate it very much ranking the above based on your expectation of total return over 3 to 5 years period. I wish to consolidate these number into less positions. In particular I am thinking of selling FCR at a loss and perhaps add to GRT.un or one of the others,


Read Answer Asked by Saad on March 23, 2021

Q: Apartment based REITS seem like good value yet their stock price is declining. Can this be explained by the fact that their future performance will be impacted negatively by expectant higher interest rates?

Read Answer Asked by John on February 25, 2021

Q: It was mentioned on a recent CityTv show that 2021 residential real estate would be hot in British Columbia (of course) and New-Brunswick(!). I own some residential Reits (IIP/CAR/Minto), but not likely focused in these areas. Do you know where I could find the beakdown of business by provinces/sectors (Retail/Industrial/..) for Canadian Reits? Or which Reits operate in NB (KMP may be?) And BC ? Thanks.

Read Answer Asked by Denise on February 18, 2021

Q: I am considering the above 7 REITs and would like to concentrate on the best 4-5 for long term in RRSP; based on current value and growth potential. I am concerned that CRT is trading at too high a valuation (P/B higher than others). Could you please tell us where each of the 7 REITs are trading, relative to their NAV (for example DIR's may be trading at a 10-per-cent discount to NAV). Can you please rank all 7 REITs? Thank you!!
PS: Is it hard to calculate trading price relative to NAV?

Read Answer Asked by Grant on February 12, 2021

Q: I am considering selling rei.un and splitting the proceeds between dir.un and iip.un. what do you think?? Also, which do you prefer: dir.un, smu.un or grt.un.

Read Answer Asked by deirdre on January 22, 2021

Q: Hi
I want to have your outlook on both IIP.UN and CAR.UN post pandemic.
How are their balance sheet during the pandemic? Are they badly impacted during the pandemic or were they able to still get the renters pay their monthly rents.
Which one would you buy between these two now?
Do you think IIP.UN will reach its new high of 18$ in 2021?

thank you

Read Answer Asked by Kristelle on December 21, 2020

Q: Greetings 5i,
I am looking to make some room in my portfolio and have also recently done well on the REIT rally. Of the three companies listed, would you SELL one of them or trim from all three?
Thank you very much
Steve P

Read Answer Asked by Steve on November 30, 2020

Q: I intend to reinvest the proceeds from the NVU.UN buyout settlement. I'm looking at TCN or IIP.UN as replacements. I'm leaning towards buying TCN to diversify a bit into the USA housing market since I also hold CAR.UN and to avoid the effects of the Ontario rental rates freeze. Total hold for the two holdings would be about 6%. What is your view of which of these options to chose and also would you suggest a third alternative?

I realize that market timing questions are almost impossible to answer, but given the very recent bout of almost irrational market exuberance, should one buy now, make a partial buy now, or hold off a bit?

Read Answer Asked by John on November 11, 2020

Q: Hello 5i,

Our portfolio has 1% in each of CAR.UN, IIP.UN, and KMP.UN. Of the three IIP has seen a major correction. Is there a specific reason for the weakness in IIP compared to the other two? Would you be adding to the above positions now or wait until tax season is over?

Debbie and Jerry

Read Answer Asked by Jerry on November 09, 2020

Q: Can you please compare the valuation (price / cash flow) of Minto versus Capreit and Interrent. Thank you.

Read Answer Asked by Pierre on October 20, 2020