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Real estate sector rebounds as Fed holds steady on interest rates

EditorPollock Mondal
Published 03/11/2023, 15:12
Updated 03/11/2023, 15:12

The real estate sector, which experienced a 5.4% drop in XLRE this year, is showing signs of recovery after the Federal Reserve decided to maintain steady rates, leading to an eight-week drop in mortgage rates that were previously nearing a two-decade high. This decision has triggered a surge in homebuilders' stocks by up to 5.2% and spurred gains for Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) in four consecutive sessions.

Market sentiment indicates that the Fed may soon end its rate-hike cycle, potentially reducing mortgage rates further. This development is expected to create a buy-the-dip opportunity for investors, particularly in the real estate sector.

The high mortgage rates earlier this year had deterred buyers and sellers alike, causing an increase in property costs. However, home prices peaked in August after seven months of gains, despite the Fed's uncertain interest rate policy being a major concern.

Three stocks have emerged as promising investment options amidst these developments: PennyMac Mortgage (NYSE:PMT) Investment Trust (NYSE:PMT), Tanger Factory (NYSE:SKT) Outlet Centers, Inc. (NYSE:SKT), and AvalonBay Communities, Inc. (NYSE:NYSE:AVB). These companies are expected to see earnings growth of 220.6%, 4.4%, and 8.2% respectively this year.

PennyMac Mortgage Investment Trust is a specialty finance company, while Tanger Factory Outlet Centers and AvalonBay Communities are both REITs investing in shopping centers and residential apartments respectively.

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