First, consider the risks. Despite the minimum 90% dividend payout, the dividend rate will still depend on the income of the REIT. Moreover, because REIT shares are tradeable, they are subject to price volatility. You should also know the underlying assets of the REITs, which will be the basis of its valuation. Broaden your research on earnings growth projection, rental rate escalation, capitalization rates, vacancy rates, and expansion plans.