However, REIT assets become more attractive when yields on other fixed-income assets are pushed down. For instance, VNQ shows a 3.51% 12-month yield and ICF has a 3.18% 12-month yield.

Additionally, the riskier mortgage-backed real estate investment trusts have some of the most attractive yields, with the Market Vectors Mortgage REIT Income ETF (NYSEArca: MORT) showing a 12.88% 12-month yield and iShares Mortgage Real Estate Capped ETF (NYSEArca: REM) showing a 13.42% 12-month yield.

Vanguard REIT ETF

For more information on real estate investment trusts, visit our REITs category.

Max Chen contributed to this article.