Although the housing market may be in a slump, the recent uptick in the economy has proved profitable for other areas of real estate, specifically commercial real estate. "Help from the current, very modest recovery has been enough to lift occupancy and rental rates for an industry group that includes office buildings, shopping malls, warehouses, industrial spaces, apartments, and hotels, to name a few," according to a Fidelity Investments research note. "These positive fundamentals have, in turn, boosted net income for REITs."

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