Importantly, signs of a recovering U.S. economy and falling interest rates have been stoking investor interest in REIT ETFs.

For example, IYR and the Vanguard REIT ETF (NYSEArca: VNQ) have taken in almost $4 billion combined in new assets this year. The $2.5 billion SPDR Dow Jones Reit ETF (NYSEArca: RWR) has pulled in a respectable $137 million in new capital. [REIT ETFs Get a Data Lift]

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