Interest Rate Roundup

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Commercial REITs rolling over

I have gone on record in numerous venues (here's a post from May 2 ... and here's a longer story from around that same time) claiming that commercial REITs could be in trouble. I pointed out that valuations were extremely stretched, that tighter credit conditions and rising interest rates could cause them problems, and that the apartment sector in particular faced significant headwinds due to the supply overhang of former-flips-turned-rentals.

Today, the Dow Jones U.S. Real Estate Index Fund is breaking down from critical support, continuing a sell-off that has stretched back several weeks. Yep -- looks like Sam Zell sold out at the top to the geniuses at the Blackstone Group, as I mused back in November.


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