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10 Super High Dividend REITs With Yields Up To 17.0%

Updated on May 7th, 2024 by Bob Ciura

Investors looking to generate higher income levels from their investment portfolios should look at Real Estate Investment Trusts or REITs. These are companies that own real estate properties and lease them to tenants or invest in real estate backed loans, both of which generate a steady stream of income.

The bulk of their income is then passed on to shareholders through dividends. You can see all 200+ REITs here.

You can download our full list of REITs, along with important metrics such as dividend yields and market capitalizations, by clicking on the link below:


The beauty of REITs for income investors is that they are required to distribute 90% of their taxable income to shareholders annually in the form of dividends. In return, REITs typically do not pay corporate taxes.

As a result, many of the 200+ REITs we track offer high dividend yields of 5%+.

But not all high-yielding stocks are automatic buys. Investors should carefully assess the fundamentals to ensure that high yields are sustainable.

Note that while the securities in this article have very high yields, a high yield alone does not make for a solid investment. Dividend safety, valuation, management, balance sheet health, and growth are also very important factors.

We urge investors to use the analysis below as informative but to do significant due diligence before buying into any security – especially high-yield securities. Many (but not all) high-yield securities have a significant risk of a dividend reduction and/or deteriorating business results.

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High-Yield REIT No. 10: Blackstone Mortgage Trust (BXMT)

Blackstone Mortgage Trust is a real estate finance company primarily involved in the origination and purchase of senior loans collateralized by commercial properties in North America and Europe.

On February 14, 2024, Blackstone Mortgage Trust reported its fourth quarter 2023 results. Blackstone Mortgage Trust reported distributable earnings per share (EPS) of $0.69, surpassing the consensus estimate of $0.62, although lower than the $0.78 recorded in Q3 and the previous year’s period.

The company’s book value per share stood at $25.16 by December 31, 2023, down from $25.90 at the end of September. Despite this decline, distributable earnings contributed $0.57 per share to the book value throughout 2023, partially mitigating the impact of reserves.

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High-Yield REIT No. 9: Two Harbors Investment Corp. (TWO)

Two Harbors Investment Corp. is a residential mortgage real estate investment trust (mREIT). As such, it focuses on residential mortgage-backed securities (RMBS), residential mortgage loans, mortgage servicing rights, and commercial real estate. The trust derives nearly all of its revenue in the form of interest through available-for-sale securities.

Two Harbors Investment Corp. released its financial results for the fourth quarter of 2023 on January 29, 2024. The period was marked by volatility in the mortgage market, with mortgage spreads and implied volatility remaining positively correlated to interest rates.

The company reported a comprehensive income of $38.9 million, equating to $0.40 per weighted average share. This performance reflected a significant reversal from the previous quarter’s comprehensive loss of $56.8 million, or $0.61 per weighted average share.

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High-Yield REIT No. 8: Sachem Capital (SACH)

Sachem Capital Corp is a Connecticut-based real estate finance company that specializes in originating, underwriting, funding, servicing, and managing a portfolio of short-term (i.e., three years or less) loans secured by first mortgage liens on real property located primarily in Connecticut.

Each of Sachem’s loans is personally guaranteed by the principal(s) of the borrower, which is typically collaterally secured by a pledge of the guarantor’s interest in the borrower. Sachem generates around $65 million in total revenues.

On April 1st, 2024, Sachem Capital Corp. announced its full-year results for the period ending December 31st, 2023. Total revenues for the year came in at $65.6 million, up 25.5% compared to FY-2022. Revenue growth was driven by growth in size of the company’s mortgage portfolio and increases in rates charged to borrowers.

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High-Yield REIT No. 7: Apollo Commercial Real Estate Finance (ARI)

Apollo Commercial Real Estate Finance invests in debt securities including senior mortgages, mezzanine loans, and other commercial real estate-related debt. Apollo’s investments, placed in the U.S. and Europe, are collateralized by the underlying estate properties.

Apollo Commercial Real Estate Finance holds a multi-billion-dollar commercial real estate portfolio, with 26% of this portfolio made up of Hotels, 17% Office Properties, 14% Urban Pre-development, 12% Residential-for-sale inventory and 11% Residential-forsale construction.

On February 13, 2024, Apollo Commercial Real Estate Finance, Inc. (ARI) reported its earnings for the fourth quarter. Apollo Commercial Real Estate Finance (ARI) closed out 2023 with a strong fourth quarter, demonstrating its ability to navigate a complex market environment.

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High-Yield REIT No. 6: Ares Commercial Real Estate (ACRE)

Ares Commercial Real Estate Corporation is a specialty finance company primarily engaged in originating and investing in commercial real estate (“CRE”) loans and related investments. ACRE generated around $198.6 million in interest income last year.

The company’s loan portfolio (98% of which are senior loans) comprises 47 market loans across 8 asset types, with an outstanding principal balance of $2.2 billion. The majority of the loans are tied to multifamily, office, and mixed-use properties. In terms of geographical diversification, ACRE’s exposure features a healthy mix between the Southeast, West, and Midwest.

On February 22nd, 2024, ACRE reported its Q4 and full-year results for the period ending December 31st, 2023. Interest income came in at $44.2 million, 16% lower year-over-year. The decline was due to the company’s loans struggling to perform as higher rates of inflation and certain cultural shifts such as work-from-home trends continue to impact the operating performance and the economic values of commercial real estate.

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High-Yield REIT No. 5: ARMOUR Residential REIT (ARR)

As an mREIT, ARMOUR Residential invests in residential mortgage-backed securities that include U.S. Government-sponsored entities (GSE) such as Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. It also includes Ginnie Mae, the Government National Mortgage Administration’s issued or guaranteed securities backed by fixed-rate, hybrid adjustable-rate, and adjustable-rate home loans.

Unsecured notes and bonds issued by the GSE and the US Treasury, money market instruments, and non-GSE or government agency-backed securities are examples of other types of investments.

On February 14, 2024, ARMOUR Residential REIT, Inc. (ARR) announced its Q4 2023. In the fourth quarter of 2023, ARMOUR reported income attributable to common stockholders amounting to $96.6 million, translating to $1.96 per common share, alongside net interest income of $5.8 million. Distributable Earnings available to common stockholders reached $52.4 million, equating to $1.07 per common share.

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High-Yield REIT No. 4: AGNC Investment Corp. (AGNC)

American Capital Agency Corp is a mortgage real estate investment trust that invests primarily in agency mortgagebacked securities (or MBS) on a leveraged basis.

The firm’s asset portfolio is comprised of residential mortgage passthrough securities, collateralized mortgage obligations (or CMO), and nonagency MBS. Many of these are guaranteed by governmentsponsored enterprises.

AGNC Investment Corp. announced its fourth quarter 2023 financial results on January 22, 2024, reporting a comprehensive income of $1.00 per common share, including $0.57 net income and $0.43 other comprehensive income per share.

The quarter saw a $0.60 net spread and dollar roll income per common share and ended with a tangible net book value of $8.70 per share. The quarter’s dividends were declared at $0.36 per share, contributing to a 12.1% economic return on tangible common equity. The investment portfolio was valued at $60.2 billion, with a leverage of 7.0x tangible net book value.

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High-Yield REIT No. 3: Global Net Lease (GNL)

Global Net Lease invests in commercial properties in the U.S. and Europe with an emphasis on sale-leaseback transactions. GNL’s portfolio includes over 1300 properties, spanning nearly 67 million square feet with a gross asset value of $9.2 billion.

The portfolio is over 96% leased with a weightedaverage remaining lease term of 6.9 years. Geographically, 81% of the straight-line rent is from North America, and 19% from Europe. The portfolio features an average annual rental increase of 1.3%, with 58% of tenants having an investment grade or implied investment grade credit rating.

Global Net Lease reported its fourth-quarter earnings for 2023 on February 27, 2024. In the fourth quarter of 2023, Global Net Lease experienced significant milestones and operational achievements. Despite challenges, the company reported robust financial metrics, including revenue of $206.7 million and net loss of $59.5 million, or $0.26 per diluted share.

Notably, net operating income (NOI) reached $169.7 million, while Core Funds from Operations (FFO) amounted to $48.3 million, or $0.21 per diluted share, and Adjusted Funds from Operations (AFFO) totaled $71.7 million, or $0.313 per diluted share.

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High-Yield REIT No. 2: Uniti Group (UNIT)

Uniti Group focuses on acquiring, constructing, and leasing out communications infrastructure in the United States. In particular, it owns millions of miles of fiber strand along with other communications real estate. In its recent past it has faced challenges due to its largest tenant filing for bankruptcy and renegotiating its lease with Uniti. However, the REIT is now on firmer footing and is pursuing growth opportunities.

On February 29, 2024, Uniti Group Inc. released its earnings report for the fourth quarter of 2023. In the fourth quarter of 2023, consolidated revenues amounted to $285.7 million, with net income reaching $30.7 million and Adjusted EBITDA hitting $231.1 million, resulting in an Adjusted EBITDA margin of about 81%.

Net income attributable to common shares stood at $30.4 million, while AFFO attributable to common shareholders was $91.6 million, translating to $0.34 per diluted common share. Uniti Fiber contributed $70.7 million in revenues and $27.0 million in Adjusted EBITDA for the same quarter, with an Adjusted EBITDA margin of roughly 38%.

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High-Yield REIT No. 1: Orchid Island Capital Inc (ORC)

Orchid Island Capital, Inc. is an mortgage REIT that is externally managed by Bimini Advisors LLC and focuses on investing in residential mortgage-backed securities (RMBS), including pass-through and structured agency RMBSs. These financial instruments generate cash flow based on residential loans such as mortgages, subprime, and home-equity loans.

On February 2, 2024, Orchid Island Capital disclosed its financial outcomes for the fourth quarter of 2023 amidst a turbulent market environment. The company reported a net income of $0.52 per share and observed a 2% increase in its book value, reaching $9.10.

Additionally, a dividend of $0.36 per share was declared and paid, reflecting a total return of 6.05% for the quarter. Orchid Island Capital undertook strategic adjustments to its investment portfolio during this period.

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Final Thoughts

REITs have significant appeal for income investors due to their high yields. These 10 extremely high-yielding REITs are especially attractive on the surface, although investors should be aware that abnormally high yields are often accompanied by elevated risks.

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