Real estate funds appear poised to continue on the strong path they have charted so far this year, returning 20.5% year to date versus the S&P 500’s 15.1% rise, Reuters reports.

Shopping mall and hotel stocks have done particularly well since the war in Iraq ended. Going forward, with the economic recovery is in its seventh month, analysts expect new jobs to be created, which, in turn, would give a boost to the demand for office space.

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