2021 Top Residential REITs

2021 Top Residential REITs

At the end of March, Multifamily Executive released its rankings for the Top Residential Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) for 2021. Multifamily Executive creates the rankings of both publicly listed and private REITs, based on their online reputation assessment scores (ORA). They have developed this list for the last seven years and it shows the strength of the top operators in the multifamily real estate market. These multifamily REITs are some of the largest owners of apartment properties in the US and they help set the standard for property operations.

For the second year in a row, Preferred Apartment REIT is the top multifamily REIT for the year. Below is a table showing the top multifamily REITs for 2021 as well as their ORA scores. Their rankings from 2020 are also provided for comparison.

RankREITDec. 2021 ORA2020 ORA Rank
1Preferred Apartment Communities85.021
2BSR82.084
3Camden Property Trust80.235
4AvalonBay Communities79.522
5MAA77.333
6AIMCO/AIR70.546
7Nexpoint Residential Trust **70.1410
8Bluerock Residential Growth REIT*69.288
9Equity Residential69.1911
10Independent Realty Trust67.6512
11Cottonwood Residential67.569
12Centerspace64.7813
13Essex Property Trust61.2215
14UDR59.4014
* Assets Managed by Various Companies ** Assets Managed by BH Management

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