One of the most important trends for REITs this year has been the fact that during the past six months, they demonstrated they have access to the public equity markets, said Debra Cafaro, the new chair of NAREIT. Beyond that, the unsecured bond markets are opening to REITs and spreads have compressed considerably, she said. "With that access to capital, some of the stronger REITs will be a solution to some of the commercial real estate overleverage and debt maturities that are coming in 2011, 2012 and 2013," Cafaro said.

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