Attendance at REITWeek 2011: NAREIT's Investor Forum this year should be considered a soft metric of growth for the industry, says Keven Lindemann, director of the real estate group with SNL Financial. It points to increased optimism in the real estate investment markets. "A number of smaller buy-side shops are sending one or two people. These are shops that don't typically send people to a REIT conference."

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