First of all, they can offset inflation, at least in part, by raising their rental rates. In addition, while the S&P 500 is offering an average dividend yield of 1.4%, many REITs are offering dividend yields above 5%.
Realty Income is a REIT that is famous for its impressive dividend growth history and its monthly dividend payments. The trust owns more than 4,000 retail properties, with an eye-opening occupancy rate of approximately 99%.
Essex Property Trust was founded in 1971 and became a publicly traded REIT in 1994. The trust invests in west coast multifamily residential proprieties where it engages in development, redevelopment, management and acquisition of apartment communities and a few other select properties.
Federal Realty is one of the largest REITs in the U.S. It was founded in 1962 and focuses on high-income, densely populated coastal markets in the U.S., which allow the trust to charge more per square foot than most of its peers.