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5 at 5: Your Daily Digest for Real Estate Investing, 4/30/21


Apr 30, 2021 by Marc Rapport
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Soaring personal income and home sale profits; "compelling" times for CRE; healthcare REITs for May; a forward look at a big mREIT.

In Today's News

U.S. Personal Incomes Soar by Most on Record on Fiscal Stimulus

U.S. personal incomes soared in March by the most in monthly records back to 1946, powered by a third round of pandemic-relief checks that also sparked a sharp gain in spending, Bloomberg reports today [subscription required].

The Millionacres takeaway: Now we shall see if this rising tide lifts the boats that contain real estate investments like retail and hospitality REITs (real estate investment trusts) and if it can continue once the stimulus spending has long worked its way through the economic pipeline.

ATTOM Data: U.S. Home Seller Profits Dip Slightly in First Quarter But Remain Higher Than Year Ago

ATTOM Data Solutions says first-quarter home seller profit margins were an average 34% -- or $70,050 per sale -- down a tad from the fourth quarter of 2020 but still sharply up from last year at this time.

The Millionacres takeaway: The data company's first-quarter 2021 report shows the continuing effect of soaring prices for residential property. Now's a great time to sell if you're ready to cash in on what, for many, is their best-ever investment. Of course, you're likely to pay more if you're subsequently buying, too

Why This CRE Expert Says Investment Options 'Never More Compelling'

As the U.S. pulls out of the COVID-19 pandemic, the range of potential upside CRE investment opportunities have never been broader, according to John Chang, senior vice president of research at Marcus & Millichap (NYSE: MMI), in this GlobeSt.com report.

The Millionacres takeaway: The pandemic and the reaction to it have changed traditional dynamics and opened up opportunities in multiple sectors of the CRE market, especially for those with long perspectives, the M&M executive says.

Today on Millionacres

3 Healthcare REITs to Buy in May

Now that the world is starting to deal with the global pandemic via successful vaccines, investors can now refocus on long-term prospects for the healthcare sector. That basically means demand growth as the baby boomer generation continues to crest into retirement -- a period when medical needs increase materially.

The Millionacres takeaway: Our Reuben Gregg Brewer takes a look at three healthcare REITs that seem similar until you look under the hood. He did -- and shares here what he found.

Where Will AGNC Investment Corp. Be in 3 Years?

Most investors look to mortgage REITs (mREITs) for their higher rate of return when compared to other REITs that own and manage physical real estate. While mREITs do carry more risk and debt than most equity REITs, the rewards of higher returns typically outweigh the risk for the right investor.

The Millionacres takeaway: Not all mortgage REITs are the same, either. Our Liz Brumer lays out what she sees as the tailwinds and headwinds of one of the largest.

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Marc Rapport has no position in any of the stocks mentioned. The Motley Fool has no position in any of the stocks mentioned. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.