Office real estate investment trusts (REITs), the investment vehicle often used to access this type of commercial real estate, were on a nice run in the spring, but since then, they’ve suffered a bit of a hit. For the first half of 2013, the SNL Office REIT Index posted a total return of 6.59 percent. Although it typically lags the SNL Equity REIT index, it was in line with it during this period, and it underperformed the S&P for the same period by more than 7 percent. But ...

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