June 2000 The iShares Dow Jones U.S. Real Estate Index Fund launches, becoming the first real estate exchange traded fund. Within less than a year, it is joined by the streetTRACKS Wilshire REIT Index Fund and iShares Cohen & Steers Realty Majors Index Fund. Today, there are more than 30 REIT ETFs.

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Listen to an interview with REIT Wrap Publisher Barry Vincour discussing the rise of REIT ETFs.