Property sector round up 2012

In a year where the broader market has returned 18%, the A-REIT index has nearly doubled that. Is there still value to be found? Jason Prowd investigates.

A year ago, when we reviewed the listed property sector, we found four companies worth buying: Westfield Group, Westfield Retail Trust, Australand and Abacus Property Group (see Clouds clearing for A-REITs from 7 Oct 11). ALE Property Group was added to that list during 2012. A year on and they’ve generated total returns of nearly 30%, whilst taking on less risk than the overall market.

The ASX300 A-REIT index meanwhile has returned 33%. Listed property has been a fantastic place to invest in 2012, as falling interest rates and a chase for yield have stoked demand.

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