Why the T Rowe Price Real Estate Fund Perform so Poorly?

The T Rowe Price Real Estate fund is up merely 1.64% year to date, and shockingly, it is down about 5% year to year.  Why is it performing so badly in comparison to other stock funds?  Isn’t it also a fact that the real estate market is booming?

A quick search for the real estate fund performance on Morningstar reveals that the performance in this category is indeed quite disappointing.

Maybe the investors are chasing after technology, banking, and other sectors.  Real estate is considered a safe haven; therefore, it is out of favor right now.  I thought the turn around of the housing market and the soaring in home prices would definitely help the performance of the funds.

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