Real estate as an opportunity for investors? Get real! Morningstar equity analyst Jeremy Glaser is making just such a recommendation, telling CNBC there are gems to be found in a sector that's taken such a beating.
Of course, it's important to note the distinction between commercial and residential real estate, and to appreciate the relative security of the real estate investment trust (REIT).
"You want to look at both your equity REITs, which own your traditional commercial properties like office buildings, or hotels, or apartments, and then also mortgage REITs, which are kind of a separate beast, that holds those residential mortgages," he explained.