Value Line contains the data you want for the past 15 years for a number of REITs. Most REITs don't go back to 1972 (I know you want to go back before the Nixon Stock Market of 1973-1974). I own one REIT - the diversified REIT Washington Real Estate Investment Trust (WRE) - that goes back that far and has raised their dividend for 29 consecutive years. I think this is a solid company and has done reasonably well since the change in management which now has a track record. Another that I own is the apartment REIT (mainly in the South) United Dominion Real Estate Trust (UDR) which has raised their dividend for 22 years. They are paying a dividend now of more than 10% and have been upgrading their properites. I'm a bit nervous about them because of a very high PE for a REIT, but Value Line doesn't raise any flags. What I think is the best REIT that I own is BRE (BRE), an apartment REIT in the Pacific area. Since they converted from a diversified REIT to an apartment REIT, they resumed raising their dividend. Even in a recession people have to live somewhere. These are some ideas for you.brucedoe
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