The following video is part of our "Motley Fool Conversations" series, in which Motley Fool contributor and financial planner Dan Caplinger discusses topics from around the investment world.

Today, Dan looks at real estate investment trusts, which have gained in popularity as investors seek out income-paying investments. Although REITs span the real estate universe from shopping malls and office buildings to residential properties, Dan focuses on the popular mortgage REIT area, whose double-digit yields look especially attractive to investors. He points out the potential risks involved with mortgage REITs with a view toward helping investors decide whether their lucrative dividends are worth it.

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