Cohen & Steers, an asset manager specializing in real estate, predicts that U.S. REITs will boost dividends by 10% a year for the next five years.The sunny outlook, which cites a recovery in cash flows, comes in spite of the continued woes of many segments of the U.S. housing markets and the sluggish economic recovery.

Because commercial real estate is improving, the broader real estate sector is recovering and the outlook is positive, said Jon Cheigh, portfolio manager of the Cohen & Steers U.S. Realty Total Return Fund.

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