For real estate investment trust (REIT) investors, the 21st century has been kind. Even after a 2007 to 2008 crash, the FTSE Equity REIT Price Index has doubled since early 2000. Through the first quarter of 2011, Morningstar's category of real estate funds-which largely invest in REITs-posted a 10-year annualized return of 10.43%, more than twice the return of the average domestic stock fund.

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