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  • Alex Pettee, CFA

Mortgage REITs: Down But Not Out

  • Mortgage REITs took center-stage during the early stages of the pandemic as financial market instability violently shook the mREIT sector to the core with mind-numbing declines of more than 70%.

  • Buoyed by a suddenly red-hot U.S. housing market, residential mREITs have rallied back from the brink over the last two quarters and have nearly doubled in value from their lows.

  • Contrary to many forecasts, the pain across the housing sector and feared wave of foreclosures has not occurred. Instead, surging home prices have pushed the foreclosure rate to record-lows.

  • After 32 of the 42 mortgage REITs slashed their dividend between February through June, there has been more dividend increase than cuts since then. mREITs currently pay a hearty dividend yield of nearly 9%.

  • Mortgage REIT earnings season officially kicks off this week. The 3 trends we're watching: 1) Dividend Resumptions, 2) Updated Book Values, and 3) Macroeconomic Commentary on the Mortgage and Housing Markets.

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