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Investing In Commercial Real Estate Via REITs

Fast Money Portfolio
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One way to get into commercial real estate is via real estate investment trusts, Green Street Advisors’ Mike Kirby said Tuesday.

“The long-term outlook is still very good, and I think the basic point is that most people probably have too little exposure to commercial real estate as an asset class,” he said on “Fast Money.”

Kirby named three favorites.

“The rich-get-richer theme is playing out in mall space, where the good malls get better and the weak malls get worse,” he said. “Taubman’s a strong play on that.”

Two other strong names included Equity Lifestyle Properties, which operates RV parks, and Extra Space Storage, an REIT involved in self-storage facilities.

With a decline in home-ownership rates, Kirby saw ongoing upside in REITs that operate apartment buildings.

Specifically, Kirby liked AvalonBay Communities, Equity Residential and UDR.

“Whether it’s through an active manager, through a mutual fund, or through an index approach through an ETF, I think both are effective,” he said.

As a second-derivative play, Shelter Harbor Capital’s Brian Kelly continued to like U.S. Gypsum.

“As these foreclosed homes get turned into rentals, you’re going to have to fix up the walls. You’ve seen Sherman-Williams has been huge this year,” he said. “U.S. Gypsum, I still think you can get in.”

Guy Adami of Drakon Capital remained bullish on Home Depot, conceding that valuations “may be a stretch.”

“Even given the move we’ve seen, even given the fact I think the S&P is within earshot of a high, HD still works,” he said.

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