The four freestanding retail REITs posted total returns of 37.37 percent in 2010. That pace of growth up is from the 2009, when total returns rose 25.93 percent and from 2008, when total returns declined 15.09 percent.

The freestanding retail REIT total return index at the end of the year stood at 965.83 and is 118 percent since bottoming out at 443.02 in February 2009. Freestanding REIT total returns, in fact, are 35 percent higher than the boom peak of 713.75 reached on October 2007.

The freestanding retail REIT price index, meanwhile, has risen 92 percent since February 2009 from 143.09 to 275.15 and is now 10 percent above its boom peak of 251.21 reached on October 2007. The dividend yield for freestanding retail REITs stood at 5.47 percent at the end of 2010.

Source: NAREIT