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Looking for Real Estate Mutual Funds? Here're Our Top 3 Picks

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For investors looking to park their money in the real-estate sector, mutual funds are the cheapest and most-convenient options. This category of funds offers solid protection against inflation.

The real-estate sector recently saw tough times but the presence of this investment vehicle generally adds stability to a portfolio. This is because volatility in property prices is far less than the extent experienced by stocks. Adding such funds to a widely-diversified portfolio would increase returns while significantly reducing the associated risk.

Below we share with you three top-ranked real estate mutual funds. Each has earned a Zacks Mutual Fund Rank #1 (Strong Buy) and is expected to outperform peers in the future. Investors can click here to see the complete list of funds.

Fidelity Real Estate Income Fund (FRIFX - Free Report) aims for higher-than-average income, while capital growth stands as a secondary objective. The fund invests majority of assets in preferred and common stocks of REITs; debt securities of real estate entities; and commercial and other mortgage-backed securities. FRIFX has three-year annualized returns of 9.3%.

Mark P. Snyderman is one of the fund managers of FRIFX since 2003.

Manning & Napier Real Estate Series Class S (MNREX - Free Report) aims for high current income and long-term capital growth by investing primarily in companies in the real estate industry. The fund invests at least 80% of assets in securities of companies that are principally engaged in the real estate industry. MNREX has three-year annualized returns of 11.2%.

As of the end of April 2021, MNREX held 49 issues, with 9.24% of its assets invested in Equinix Inc.

Fidelity Real Estate Investment Portfolio (FRESX - Free Report) fund aims for above-average income and long-term capital growth, which is consistent with reasonable investment risk. This non-diversified fund invests primarily in common stocks. The majority of FRESX’s assets are invested in securities of companies, principally engaged in the real estate industry and other real estate-related investments. FRESX has three-year annualized returns of 11.1%.

FRESX carries an expense ratio of 0.74% compared with the category average of 1.11%.

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

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