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Fund Manager Lauds Global Real Estate (Think Mines, Casinos)

Tuesday, 10 Apr 2007 | 12:13 PM ET
AP

Looking to avoid a real estate bubble in the U.S.? Think global, says CGM Capital Management's Kenneth Heebner.

"There is no bubble in Mexico," says Heebner, the portfolio manager of the CGM Realty Fund . That's why he's investing in Homex Development, the No. 1 homebuilder South of the Border.

Heebner, who also manages the the CGM Focus Fund, told "Squawk on the Street" viewers that he sees ongoing "powerful synchronous growth" across nations like China, India and Brazil -- but expects the U.S.' real GDP only to grow an anemic 0% to 2% this year. His advice: play global real estate, which he defines "broadly" to include worldwide mining operations.

Real Estate Outlook
REITs in larger U.S. cities are a good real estate play, according to Kenneth Heebner, CGM Realty Fund portfolio manager, and CNBC's Erin Burnett

The fund manager said investors can buy copper, nickel and iron ore "at eight-, nine-times earnings estimates -- and those estimates are way too low." He says the base metals are a good backdoor play, as are commercial office builders and Las Vegas Sands, the casino-resort firm currently building the world's largest adult playground in Macau.

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