Deal expected to be completed in second quarter.
Survey reflects optimism towards industry.
Union would create fourth-largest U.S. REIT.
Property prices down 20 percent in 30-month period.
Campus Crest joins new class of REITs redefining student housing.
Economic picture has forecasters calling for strong year for REITs.
Down 30% from 2009.
Kimco, Boston Properties, ProLogis also honored.
IRR forecast finds growth slowed by high unemployment.
M&A activity rises significantly in 2010.