Here is the Fed website showing agency MBS purchases: bit dot ly/tpyrTE . It looks like to me the Fed is purchasing only 35-40 billion of agency per month. The rest of the 85 billion I guess would be treasuries.
The article didn't sound to me as if they had actually decided to stop buying assets, only that they were discussing it. But it is strange, everyone thinks that QE is really, really bad for REITs but when they mention ending it, the REITs share price falls. What gives? Is it that everyone expects a market correction now and has the sell button on a hair trigger?
REIT share prices fall anytime liquidity is threatened. You need to feed the system $$$$$'s to support and elevate the NUMERICAL value of the instrument, which by itself is flawed. Understand that in the long run any increased value that you experience is because of the devalued dollar. Your "investment" is rising in price but the true value is less.