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Q: I'm a roughly 50/50 income/growth investor with the income being an important part of our retirement income.

Given that REITs are generally high debt equities I'm questioning how they'll fare given the current environment of rising interest rates and and increasing costs. Will they be able to offset those increased costs by raising rents?

I'd first like you to comment on my assumptions as to what is going on. Agree or disagree.

Secondly I'd like you to comment on the specific REITs that I've mentioned. I'm sure they're all different based debt maturities and rental contracts. The average length of their rental contracts may work against them if it's longer while the average maturity of their debt may work for them if it's longer. Cost increases are now.

Read Answer Asked by Larry on March 23, 2022

Q: Thanks for your previous answer on the share split in these companies. However, I have one final question. Should I deduct the book value of the spin off shares of pmz.un from the original book value of the HR.un shares to come up with an accurate picture?

Read Answer Asked by Robert on March 18, 2022

Q: When I was awarded shares of PMZ I entered them into the program with a book value at the current share price, but in reality, I did not pay for the shares. Conversely the HR.UN became a 20% + loss. I'm wondering if this is okay or should the PMZ shares have gone in at 0 book value or the HR value be reduced to accurately reflect the performance of the portfolio.

Read Answer Asked by Robert on March 17, 2022

Q: Hello. I don't understand what happened with these stocks. I'd held almost a full position on hr.un for about a year. A couple of months ago they made some kind of move and I was awarded pmz.un stocks. Suddenly I showed about a 20% loss on my hr.un holdings which is pretty well equal to the current value of my PMZ holding. I'm wondering if I should sell both and re-invest in better real estate stocks or sell one or the other and put all the proceeds into just one of these companies? Thanks.

Read Answer Asked by Robert on March 07, 2022

Q: are any of these something to have as a good investment ?

Read Answer Asked by jim on February 09, 2022

Q: As a result of the spin off of the enclosed mall portfolio from HR.UN, I now hold shares of Primaris Real Estate PMZ.UN. The holding is much smaller than I normally hold and I am debating whether to sell it or top it up. A press release from PMZ.UN indicates that the present share price of PMZ.UN, about $13.50, but quite volatile, is significantly less than the net asset value per unit NAVPU of about $22. This implies that the potential for the share value to rise in the short to medium term could be quite high. However, the estimation of NAVPU must be a black art in the present market conditions for enclosed malls. My questions are: (1) How are such NAVPU estimates, which are non GAAP numbers, actually made and how valid are such estimates? (2) How high on the risk scale for REITs is PMZ.UN relative to, for example, REI.UN or SRU.UN ?

Read Answer Asked by John on January 10, 2022

Q: I would like to invest in 2 REITs and am looking for the best potential Total Return. I have been looking at the 4 REITs listed above, but would consider any REIT. What 2 REITs would you suggest at this time? Would you recommend 1 industrial REIT and 1 residential/commercial REIT for diversification? Finally, can you please tell me the percentage of US real estate, if any, in each of the 2 REITs suggested. Thank you!!

Read Answer Asked by Grant on October 28, 2021

Q: I am interested in REITs for potential retirement income. However, when one looks into the details of the “dividends” often a significant portion of the yield is return of capital. Are there any Canadian reits that make distributions that are largely just income and if so can you advise of same. Thanks Bill

Read Answer Asked by Bill on September 28, 2021

Q: I have been a longtime holder of SMU and have done well from it The stock has been on a tear lately, now yielding only 2.81 % and is now 10% of my ( non registered) portfolio and 5% of total portfolios. I am reluctant to reduce but wondering if a trimming is in order. Please comment on its technical characteristics. Also own Crombie and HR reits. Ignoring stock weighting,I suppose if I want to trim my reits it should be the one with the least potential and worst metrics, not the one that has given me the best return so that means to trim HR. Your thoughts are appreciated. Derek

Read Answer Asked by Derek on August 12, 2021

Q: I have found that my Canadian listed REITS that held US real estate have done rather well. and have been absorbed by larger US entities. May I please have your top 3 or 4 REITS that are listed in Canada and that hold US properties?
With appreciation,

Read Answer Asked by Ed on March 31, 2021

Q: Please list these companies in order of which to dispose off. They are in a RRSP with no tax complications and I would like to top up a pair of other positions. HLF, HR.UN and BBU. THANKYOU

Read Answer Asked by John on March 09, 2021

Q: Your most recent answers to questions about HR.UN and REI.UN indicate that you don't favour them and that they do not need to be owned, suggesting DIR.UN instead, among others. So a few days ago I replaced HR.UN with DIR.UN, and ever since, both
REI and HR have been shooting up while DIR languishes. Today alone they are up over 5% and 4% respectively. Can you explain what's happening here?

Read Answer Asked by chris on February 25, 2021

Q: Happy New Year 5i!
I recently joined and have been reading as many of these questions as I can get my hands on and appreciate your insight.
I've recently started a TFSA portfolio with a breakdown as follows:
- REI.UN (14%)
- TD (33%)
- FTS (29%)
- HR.UN (3%)
- T (12%)
- SIS (5%)
- ATZ (5%)

I have been attempting to buy into companies and reinvest via DRIP and thus my preliminary focus on dividend companies (with diversity taking a backseat). What are your thoughts on REITs for growth going forward over the next couple years? Are they worthwhile keeping or do you foresee more upside with investment into growth stocks? If so, do you have a top 2 growth stocks that could compliment the rest of the portfolio in lieu of REITs?

Thanks so much!

Read Answer Asked by Kyle on January 08, 2021