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9 REITs That Had to be Destroyed in Order to be Saved

June 20, 2009

In 1968 at the height, so to speak, of the Vietnam War, U.S. Air Force Major Chet Brown was fresh out of ideas and common sense. Tired, frustrated and on the wrong end of a microphone after a battle for the provincial capital of Ben Tre, he famously allowed that it had become necessary to […]

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BMO Upgrades U.S. REIT Sector

May 11, 2009

BMO Capital Markets upgraded the U.S. real estate investment trust industry to “outperform” from “market perform” today, and said it believes REITs are at or nearing a turning point. “We are raising our sector rating … based on early signs of economic recovery, the competitively advantaged position of the REITs vis-a-vis the broader real estate […]

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Conservative Investors: Apartment REITs Offer Safety Amid Market Turmoil

April 23, 2008

Despite the industry wide turmoil in REITs and real estate, the Multifamily Executive News Service reports that Apartment REITs seem to be faring well, according to a recent study from Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services. Things might not look as good as 2006 and 2007, but they still aren’t bad, according to George Skoufis, S&P’s […]

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Play Subprime Safely With These Residential REITs

March 20, 2008

Back in 2005, executives at Camden Property Trust (CPT), a REIT specializing in large apartment complexes, were worried. Why had they been unable to maintain their average occupancies at historical levels? They fanned out across the country to talk with CPT property managers, who complained of having to turn down the credit of applicants for […]

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