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REITs on the Street: 5 Top REIT Resolutions for 2014

Tip #5: Discipline.

Having discipline is important for all investors, no matter what type of investment strategy they use. Dividend investors are no different. If you believed every rumor you hear, you would probably be tempted to buy stocks that are overpriced and sell at the wrong time. Educate yourself, develop a trading strategy, and stick to it.

By the same token, I urge you not to panic about the potential impact of rising interest rates. Don't make that mistake of labeling commercial properties -- and equity REITs -- as "interest-rate-sensitive investments". REITs just aren't very sensitive to interest rates, mainly because interest rates tend to move up with a strengthening economy and down with a weakening economy. However, mortgage REITs are much more sensitive to rates since they are essentially a spread business. Don't give up on REITs too soon. Before you make big allocation changes, think calmly and carefully first.

For more information make sure to check out my monthly newsletter, The Intelligent REIT Investor.

At the time of publication the author had a position in O and VTR but no other stocks mentioned in this article.

This article was written by an independent contributor, separate from TheStreet's regular news coverage.

Brad Thomas has more than 25 years of experience in the commercial real estate brokerage, development, finance, and investment analysis and the majority of his experience has been research and consulting. Throughout the years Thomas has provided nationwide real estate brokerage, construction services, development services and capital market solutions for a variety of clients and investors. 

Thomas has written for Forbes, The Street, Seeking Alpha and The Motley Fool, whereby he maintains “real time” research on many US REITs. In addition, Thomas is the editor of The Intelligent REIT Investor, a monthly subscription-based newsletter. Thomas also owns a research website called iREIT Investor where his company provides REIT research and current REIT valuation analytics. 
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