Investors are becoming more concerned about the prospect of a recession in the near future due to the high level of inflation and rising benchmark interest rates. International closed-end real estate fund returns dramatically increased for the first three quarters of 2021 after a dismal performance in 2020. Real estate investment returns over the long run have been very consistent. The real estate industry offers investors a chance to diversify their portfolios and is less cyclical than other industries. Hedge funds are now investing in real estate equities like CBRE Group, American Tower Corporation, and Equinix, Inc.

Insider Monkey highlighted the 12 best real estate stocks to buy now. Outdoor shopping mall operator Tanger Factory Outlet Centers, Inc. is situated in North Carolina. The corporation owns 37 shopping malls across Canada and the US, along with outlet stores. As of September 26, it has a forward annual dividend yield of 5.67%. A REIT with headquarters in San Diego, California, Realty Income Corporation, makes investments in single-unit freestanding commercial properties and rents them out. With a portfolio of more than 11,400 commercial properties and a 98.9% occupancy rate, the company serves more than 1,100 different clients. The largest operator of open-air, grocery-anchored shopping complexes in North America is Kimco Realty Corporation. The company owns a portfolio of 533 malls and mixed-use properties totaling 92 million square feet of covered space. Rockland, Maryland-based Federal Realty Investment Trust is a REIT with more than 50 years of history. The business owns and rents grocery-anchored shopping complexes in South Florida, the Northeast, the Mid-Atlantic States, and California. With more than 2,000 facilities, Extra Space Storage Inc. is the second-largest self-storage firm in the US. The analyst believes that the stock has a sizable potential for growth at a time when the general market is worried about the rise in NOI and FFO. For more details, click the 12 Best Real Estate Stocks To Buy Now.