Investors cashed out of real estate investment trusts earlier this year, but with their fundamentals showing strength and the effects of the Federal Reserve’s latest half-point cut, flows out of REITs are slowing down, The Wall Street Journal reports.
Between Feb. 7 and Aug. 15, REITs fell 25.3%, according to SNL Financial, but because they have rallied since that low point, REITs are now down only 3.78% for the year.
Last week, the four-week moving average for flows out of REITs was $267 million, down from $349 million in the previous week.
David Harris, a REIT analyst at Lehman Brothers, calls the category the “comeback kids.”
“It’s still a good time to be a landlord,” said Michael Torres, chief executive of Adelante Capital Management, a real estate investment firm.
One specific type of REIT, healthcare REITs, which invest in assisted living facilities and nursing homes, fared particularly well in the third quarter. Their 11% rise in the quarter was partially fueled by oncoming retirement rush of Baby Boomers.