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Real Estate ETFs Continue To Soar

Real estate ETFs have been moving like a stealth bomber under the radar for the first three months of the year and continue to notch new 2014 highs.The combination of stabilizing interest rates and low equity issuance has been a tailwind for publicly traded REITs that are coming off a volatile 2013.In addition, investors are continuing to see positive signs of increasing real estate prices that make this sector both a growth and income play moving forward.The largest ETF in this space is the Vanguard REIT ETF (NYSE:VNQ) which tracks a diversified portfolio of more than 130 publicly traded commercial and residential REITs.The top three holdings in VNQ include: Simon Property Group (NYSE:SPG), Public Storage (NYSE:PSA) and Prologis Inc (NYSE:PLD). In addition, this ETF offers a 30-day SEC yield of 3.83 percent and charges a rock-bottom annual expense ratio of just 0.10 percent.See also: 3 Ways ETF Investors Can Profit From Rising RatesSo far this year, VNQ has gained over 11 percent and ...

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