Then and Now – Canadian Apartment Properties REIT
Welcome to another Then and Now post, a continuation of my series where I revisit some older blogposts and either rip them to shreds (because my thinking has changed on such subjects) or I’ll confirm my position on various personal finance topics or specific stock and ETF investments.
You can check out my previous posts in this series about these stocks below:
Today’s post is about a popular Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT): Canadian Apartment Properties REIT (CAR.UN).
- Unlike other dividend paying companies that I’ve owned for over 10 years now, companies like Royal Bank, CIBC, BMO, Fortis, Procter & Gamble and J&J to name a few, I actually don’t have a dedicated post talking about CAR.UN and my initial purchase.
- I do recall when I started to look at this stock though, about 8-9 years ago.
- CAPREIT (CAR.UN) has been growing its portfolio over time. They’ve always had a diverse portfolio of multi-unit residential properties, including townhomes, in many major Canadian urban centres.
- They have been one of Canada’s leading and largest REITs for many years now.
- I recall looking at owning some CAR.UN around 2012 although unfortunately I didn’t buy any shares until mid-2013. I recall the price was about $20 per share with a lump sum purchase in my RRSP.
- I’ve held these initial shares over the years in my RRSP.
- CAR.UN was a top REIT I put on my radar to buy more of in 2019:
- I did buy a small bit then and I bought more of it in 2020.
- I now own a few hundred shares of CAR.UN at the time of this post.
- I enjoy the built-in diversification from this company – they now have over 65,000 residential rental apartment and townhouse suites and manufactured home community sites in their portfolio – owning properties in Canada, the Netherlands, and Ireland.
- I like the fact this company (and some rental income in general, with housing supply so low across Canada right now) is largely recession proof.
- I own REITs like this as a hedge for higher inflation (that’s now here).
- Since owning this stock, my total return is almost 90%. It would have been higher had I made a larger initial purchase but alas, hindsight is 20-20.
- While I have no plans to sell any portion of CAR.UN this year I am very tempted to trim my position in all remaining REITs inside our registered accounts in favour of low-cost ETFs as semi-retirement approaches. So, I’m likely to sell CAR.UN in the coming years.
What do you make of my decision to own CAR.UN? Do you see more growth for CAPREIT going forward?
Thanks for your readership.