REITs are leading commercial property markets worldwide as they emerge from the global economic slowdown, according to an analysis from Ernst & Young.
Market trends suggest that the commercial real estate market has weathered the worst of the financial storm that has gripped the industry since the fall of 2008, according to SNL Financial LC Senior Industry Analyst, Real Estate, Jason Lail.
U.S. REIT returns bounced back in February from the previous month's dip, as the FTSE NAREIT All REIT Index gained 5.06 percent.
NAREIT presented its 2010 Small Investor Empowerment Award to Rep. Pete Stark (D-CA) at the Washington Leadership Forum on Feb. 23.
The default rate on commercial mortgages more than doubled from 2008 to 2009, according to a report from Real Capital Analytics (RCA).
The Moody's/REAL Commercial Property Price Index (CPPI) measured the largest monthly gain in its history in December 2009, according to the latest data.
In October, Mercer, a major consulting firm to the retirement plan industry, advised institutional investors that REITs are "poised to capitalize on a period many believe will present the best investment opportunities seen in the past 20 years."