BALTIMORE ( Stockpickr) -- With real estate prices starting to heat up again, investors had better start paying attention to real estate investment trusts, better known as REITs.
REITs have become retail investors' go-to instrument for getting exposure to real estate prices over the last few years, and while that exposure wasn't exactly wanted after the real estate bubble burst, it's becoming a whole lot more attractive now that most real estate measures have bottomed and turned higher. Just as important, REITs are one of the few equity investments that still has a low correlation with the S&P 500; that means that investors hoping to escape exposure to "the market" can add REITs to their arsenals.
But by and large they're not. In fact, investors still hate REITs right now -- and they're betting against them en masse.
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