Real Estate Bets in Shaky Times

Most analysts are down on real estate investments, but investors can still benefit in some ways from exposure to the market

The slump in the U.S. housing market has convinced many investors to stay away from real estate investments for the foreseeable future, with analysts unable to call a market bottom. That's weighing not only on hard assets such as homes and condos, but on stocks like real estate investment trusts, whose prices have dropped since the beginning of the year.

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