The number of REITs that have increased their dividends this year -– now 47 -– is a positive for the industry, says Keven Lindemann, managing director with SNL Financial. Payout ratios are also at very reasonable levels, he says. "When you look at what we are expecting in terms of adjusted funds from operations (AFFO) growth rates, I think there are going to be plenty of companies that will have the opportunity to increase their dividends in 2012."

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