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Report: General Growth Forming New REIT
Chicago-based General Growth Properties (GGP), once considered one of the dominant owners of regional malls in the country, is now aiming to form a new real estate investment trust (REIT) with 35 properties it owns
Institutional Investors Lead 2011 Retail, Office Buying Wave
As we approach the halfway mark of 2011, institutional investors have increased their appetite for commercial real estate, overtaking publicly traded real estate investment trusts (REITs) as the leading purchasers of retail and office properties in the first quarter of 2011.
Cornering the Market?
Approaching the halfway mark of 2011, institutional investors have increased their appetite for commercial real estate, overtaking publicly traded REITs
Apartment Owners to See Outstanding Returns Through 2012
A new report points to continued growth in the U.S. apartment market over the next two years.
Hotel Buyers Branching Out
Fresh findings from New York-based researcher Real Capital Analytics (RCA) points to a recent spike in hotel offerings in markets such as Chicago, Miami, and Orlando as well as tertiary markets throughout the West, Southwest, and Midwest.
Austin Office Complex Up for Sale
If you’re not yet in the camp that believes commercial real estate investors are starting to shop for more properties in the nation’s heartland, comes word that Thomas Properties Group, one of Austin, Texas' biggest office landlords, has put the Research Park Plaza I and II office complex on the sales block.
Commentary: Prudential Report Paints Positive Picture
One of the industry’s closely watched “status checks” (and one I’ve been watching for years) points to a fairly positive outlook for U.S. commercial real estate in the months ahead.
Moves to Cut Budget Deficit Could Hurt D.C. Office Market
Washington, D.C. has become a favored target for institutional investors, including sovereign wealth funds, pension funds, real estate investment trusts and insurance companies.
Atlanta Developer Tries to Hit Home Run in Cincinnati
Game changer is not often a term associated with mixed-use real estate developments, but in the case of one major new project in downtown Cincinnati the
Is the D.C. Office Market Vulnerable?
Washington, D.C. has become a favored target for institutional investors, including sovereign wealth funds, pension funds, real estate investment trusts
New Houston Office Tower Breaks Cover
Who says there’s no new office building construction in the U.S.?
Developers Race to Build in Dallas, But Financing Remains a Wild Card
Despite a vacancy rate of nearly 29% in downtown Dallas, four developers are jockeying for position to build new office towers.
‘Overpriced’ Properties in Coastal Markets Force Institutional Investors To Alter Their Strategy
With heightened tensions in the Middle East, foreign capital pouring into the United States and prices reaching pre-recession levels, institutional investors are hoping to achieve higher returns by exploring opportunities in America’s heartland.
Wanted: 100 New Restaurants in 20 New Markets
Restaurant/tavern/bar chain Bar Louie plans to spend hundreds of millions of dollars expanding to more than 100 locations in 20 markets nationwide, including Dallas-Fort Worth, Austin, Houston, San Antonio, New York City, Washington, D.C., St. Louis and Chicago.
Blockbuster Goes on the Block
After weeks of wrangling over the proper way to claw out of bankruptcy, Dallas-based Blockbuster has finally won court approval of a plan paving the way for its sale rather than a proposed liquidation.
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