NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire -06/20/12)- Diversified REITs have taken advantage of low borrowing rates, which are not expected to rise until 2014, to boost profits and provide high dividends. As the U.S. housing market continues to show signs of long awaited recovery investors have been flocking to REITs for gains. The Vanguard REIT ETF (VNQ) is up nearly 11 percent year to date. The Paragon Report examines investing opportunities on diversified REITs and provides equity research on American Capital Agency Corp. (AGNC) and CYS Investments Inc. (CYS).
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DataQuick in the last month home prices and sales have risen. The average sale price for the past 30 days jumped $7,000 to $189,500 from a month earlier. Sales during the same period increased 8.2 percent. According the a recent Bloomberg article, Harvard's annual State of the Nation's Housing report also sees the U.S. housing market showing signs of recovery and unless the broad economy receives a major blow, the housing market should continue to improve.
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American Capital has $101 billion in assets under management and seven offices in the U.S. and Europe. The company currently offers investors an annual dividend of $5.00 per share for a yield of around 15 percent. Shares of American Capital are up nearly 20 percent year-to-date.
CYS Investments, Inc. is a specialty finance company that invests on a leveraged basis in residential mortgage pass-through certificates for which the principal and interest payments are guaranteed by Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac or Ginnie Mae. CYS currently offers investors an annual dividend of $2.00 per share for a yield of around 14 percent. Shares CYS are up nearly 8 percent year-to-date.
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