Ten Equity REIT market segments – more than half of the property segments in the FTSE NAREIT All Equity REITs Index – had double-digit total returns in 2016.  The Industrial Sector, whose distribution centers are critical components of the internet commerce marketplace, was the top performing Equity REIT market segment with a 30.72 percent total return for the year.

 Other segments with returns greater than 20 percent were Single Family Homes, up 26.65 percent, which is benefiting from professional management, scale and national brand building in a largely fragmented marketplace.  Data Centers, which house the computer servers that enable cloud computing, were up 26.41 percent, and the Lodging/Resorts Sector was up 24.34 percent.

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