By The Associated Press
Below are four mutual funds that invest primarily in real estate investment trusts and are highly rated by Morningstar.
Each has a minimum initial investment of $3,000 or less, making them accessible to most average investors. Each also has a gold or silver medal rating under Morningstar's analyst ratings, a subjective system which attempts to gauge a fund's performance prospects, not just its past record. The scale runs from gold to silver, bronze, neutral and negative.
Morningstar analyst rating
3-year annualized return
5-year annualized return
T. Rowe Price Real Estate (TRREX)
ING Global Real Estate (IGLAX)
JPMorgan U.S. Real Estate (SUSIX)
Returns through July 18, 2012
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