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What Is the REIT Average Return?

You might be surprised at how well REITs have performed over time.

Sep 08, 2021 by Matt Frankel, CFP

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REIT Subsector Total Return 1994-2020 Annualized Total Return (Average Return)
Office REIT 1,118% 9.4%
Industrial REIT 1,649% 10.9%
Retail REIT 854% 8.3%
Residential REIT 1,740% 11.2%
Diversified REIT 584% 6.8%
Healthcare REIT 1,630% 10.9%
Lodging/Resorts REIT 278% 3.9%
Self-Storage REIT 4,456% 15.1%
Mortgage REIT 445% 5.7%

Data source: Nareit. Some REIT subsectors, such as timber, infrastructure, and data centers, have not been tracked long enough for meaningful historical performance figures to be calculated.

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