Real estate investments trusts (REITs) like Realty Income and Digital Realty usually grab the attention of investors because of the their hefty dividend yields. But should every investor own REITs? What are the advantages and growth opportunities in owning this asset class?

In the follow video, Motley Fool banking analyst sits down with Fool contributor Brad Thomas to discuss the REIT industry, how Realty Income has been able to maintain its healthy dividend throughout the Great Recession, and how he evaluates risk in the mREIT sector.

David Hanson owns shares of Annaly Capital Management. Robert Thomas owns shares of Digital Realty Trust and Realty Income.The Motley Fool has no position in any of the stocks mentioned. Try any of our Foolish newsletter services free for 30 days. We Fools may not all hold the same opinions, but we all believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.

Brad Thomas is the Editor of iREIT Newsletter. For more information check it out  HERE.