Equity REITs still are outstripping the general equity markets, posting a 14% return for the eight months of 2010. The industry can expect to see these returns continue for a couple of reasons, predicts NAREIT Vice President of Research & Industry Information Brad Case. One is that publicly traded REITs have a strong competitive advantage in terms of fundraising and their balance sheet. Another is that REITs still are 30% below where they were when the downturn started -- giving them more room to grow.

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