were safe(er) havens when market was turbulent. No more, now they follow like all other stocks.
If mREITs get added to mutual funds as a dividend component then when people who own those funds buy and sell the fund the mREITs in it will get bought and sold as well. It's unavoidable. I'm guess that a certain amount of that is going on.
Which implies that mREITS are becoming more popular with funds.