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Even though real estate has been through tough times recently, securities from this sector should continue to be an integral part of portfolios with a long term horizon. Over the years, mutual funds from this category have continued to perform favorably. They offer a convenient method to invest in real estate because of low initial investment requirements and the advantage of professional management. Investors willing to hold long term positions would do well to consider these funds as they add stability and bring steady returns to a portfolio.

Below we will share with you 5 top rated real estate mutual funds. Each has earned a Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) as we expect these mutual funds to outperform their peers in the future. To view the Zacks Rank and past performance of all real estate funds, investors can click here to see the complete list of funds.

Forward International Real Estate A (KIRAX - MF report) seeks total return. The fund invests heavily in securities of foreign real estate and related firms. It holds securities of issuers located in at least three countries. A maximum of 20% of its assets may be invested in domestic real estate firms and related companies. The real-estate mutual fund returned 53.56% over the last one year period.

The real estate mutual fund has an expense ratio of 1.65% compared to a category average of 1.46%.

Fidelity International Real Estate (FIREX - MF report) invests the majority of its assets in securities of real estate companies or other investments related to the sector. Generally, it focuses on foreign securities and common stocks. The real-estate mutual fund is non-diversified and has returned 44.16% over the last one year period.

As of November 2012, this real-estate mutual fund held 61 issues, with 7.98% of its total assets invested in Westfield Group.

JPMorgan International Realty A (JIRAX - MF report) seeks capital appreciation over the long term. The fund invests in equity securities of real estate investment trusts (REITs) and related companies. A maximum of 20% of the fund’s assets may be utilized to purchase foreign debt instruments. The real-estate mutual fund returned 39.60% over the last one year period.

Jason Ko is the Fund Manager and he has been managing this real estate mutual fund since 2011.

Prudential Global Real Estate A (PURAX - MF report) invests heavily in equity securities of real estate companies. The fund invests in equity securities of real estate and related firms. It predominantly invests in securities of real estate investment trusts (REITs).. The real-estate mutual fund returned 26.94% over the last one year period.

The real estate mutual fund has an expense ratio of 1.27% compared to a category average of 1.46%.

ING Clarion Global Real Estate Port S2 (IRGSX - MF report) seeks high total return. The fund invests heavily in equity securities of real estate companies. It purchases both domestic and foreign companies. It also invests in securities of companies from emerging market nations. The real-estate mutual fund returned 25.52% over the last one year period.

T. Ritson Ferguson is the Fund Manager and he has been managing this real estate mutual fund since 2006.

To view the Zacks Rank and past performance of all real estate mutual funds, investors can click here to see the complete list of funds.

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