NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Real estate investment trusts hit the brakes in May when Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke suggested a decrease in the central bank's bond-buying program likely to start later this year. The question is whether REITs' valuations have dropped enough to make them good investments.REITs took a pounding after the bear market of 2008-09. The real estate recovery has since been a beacon of opportunity as equity REITs returned almost 20% in 2012 and triple-net REITs returned 22.46% that year. Equity REITs invest in and own properties, as opposed to mortgage REITs that finance them. Triple-net REITs are made up single-tenant properties with long-term contractual leases.
REITs on the Street: Lower Prices Mean Buying Opportunities
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