REITs posted their strongest monthly performance of 2022 in July. Year-to-date, the FTSE Nariet All Equity REIT index is down, as are the broader stock indices. In July, lodging/resorts posted the strongest performance, gaining 14.44%, followed by industrial (11.63%) and retail (11.44%). Specialty (11.37%) and self storage round out the top five, while multifamily (7.69%) and office (7.63%) showed more mutual gains. No sectors posted losses in the month.  Two subsectors: specialty, which includes properties such as casinos and movie theatres, and freestanding retail have posted year-to-date gains.

This year’s overall performance has led to attractive valuations and continued acquisitions. Blackstone, for one, has been on a buying spree this year, acquiring American Campus Communities, PS Business Parks, Preferred Apartment Communities, and Resource REIT. In June, Prologis said it will acquire Duke Realty in one of the largest REIT deals on record. Green Street estimates that REITs are trading at an average 10% discount to net asset value, making these owners prime acquisition targets. Keep an eye on further mergers and acquisitions and take private deals, boosting investment sales.

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