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Commercial Real Estate News from the Wall Street Journal

  1. Sign of the Times: New Office Space Created in Retail's Tumult
    Normandy Real Estate Partners’ $133 million deal for the upper portion of ABC Carpet’s flagship store is an example of office space edging into territory that once was retail’s domain.
  2. Want to Buy a Luxury Hotel in the U.S.? Try China's Insurance Regulator
    When Chinese regulators seized control of Anbang Insurance, they took ownership of more than a dozen luxury U.S. hotels. Now, as the government looks to sell, it faces a problem: The buildings likely are worth less than what Anbang paid only a couple of years ago.
  3. New York's Commercial Property Slump Shows Signs of Slowing
    After a two-year plunge, brokers are optimistic that more deals will take place in 2018.
  4. NYC Council Stops Midtown Tower Construction
    Work on an 800-foot-tall tower in East Midtown that has been under construction for six months was halted last week following a vote by the New York City Council to limit skyscrapers in the area,.
  5. Malls Never Wanted Gyms. Now They Court Them
    Mall owners long treated gyms, massage parlors, and billiards halls as unwanted tenants that attracted lower-rent visitors who were unlikely to shop. Now they’re giving health clubs some of their best real estate.
  6. New Jersey Office Rents Near Records
    Asking rents for New Jersey office space are nearing records as landlords undertake extensive renovations and fill older properties with top-notch amenities.
  7. Brookfield Property Makes $14.8 Billion Offer to Acquire Rest of GGP
    Brookfield Property Partners LP has made a $14.8 billion offer to acquire the shares of mall owner GGP Inc. that it doesn’t already own, according to people familiar with the matter.
  8. 'Little India' Thrives in Central New Jersey
    Oak Tree Road, known as “Little India,” has been transformed from a rundown and desolate area to a booming ethnic business district that attracts South Asian customers from Maine to Maryland.
  9. NYC's Pearl River Mart Will Expand to Chelsea Market
    Pearl River Mart, once a casualty of skyrocketing retail rents, is planning to open another 3,500 square-foot store at Chelsea Market in Manhattan.
  10. Office Spaces Focusing More on Communal Areas
    Businesses are beginning to design offices spaces that are increasing the amount of square footage per employee when shared work settings are taken into account.

Commercial Property News from the Financial Times

  1. Odebrecht construction unit to miss deadline for debt payment
  2. Odebrecht faces bond test as chief says crisis is over
    Brazilian group at centre of corruption scandal due to make R$500m payment this week
  3. The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise
    With Brexit less than a year away, the UK government is looking to far-seeing companies such as Queen’s Awards winners to show the way in international trade and innovative ideas
  4. Designer’s ambition for a digital age revival for master builders
    Facit Homes’ innovative methods have wider potential for housing
  5. Best of Lex: your weekly round-up
    Bayer-Temasek, Shire-Allergan, Aviva, FCA-Barclays, Buffett-USG, IBM, Netflix and Facebook
  6. Sika saga shows instability need not be a hindrance
    Swiss group has prospered despite unwanted approach from France’s Saint-Gobain
  7. Buffett/USG: material differences
    Knauf’s interest is perfectly timed as Berkshire wants out of building products group
  8. Buffett turns hostile against board of USG
    Berkshire Hathaway boss ups ante in effort to sell stake in building materials group
  9. Best of Lex: your weekly round-up
    Some parting thoughts after three years on the Lex desk
  10. Persimmon faces revolt over executive bonuses
    Leading investor adviser recommends voting against housebuilder’s pay report at AGM

Commercial Property News from Property Week

  1. CBRE GI brings in former Prologis president to lead on logistics
    CBRE Global Investors has appointed the former president of Prologis Europe, Philip Dunne, as its new EMEA head of logistics.
  2. East goes south as administrators fail to find buyer
    East has become the latest high street retailer to announce store closures after administrators revealed they have failed to find a buyer for the chain.
  3. Record levels of industrial take-up in Q1
    Industrial and logistics take-up in Q1 2018 reached 9.8m sq ft – the highest first quarter on record.
  4. DWS appoints head of UK real estate investment group
    DWS, the group formerly known as Deutsche Asset Management, has appointed Jessica Hardman as its head of real estate investment group in the UK.
  5. Holiday Inn & Ibis check in to Airport City Manchester's £180m hotel district
    Airport City Manchester – the joint venture between Manchester Airports Group, Beijing Construction Engineering and the Greater Manchester Pension Fund – has signed deals to develop a Holiday Inn and Ibis Budget.
  6. M&G buys £50m of office and industrial assets for new fund
    M&G Real Estate has acquired two office buildings in the south east as well as an industrial portfolio on behalf of the M&G UK Enhanced Value Fund.
  7. Sigma targets £1bn portfolio for PRS REIT as it reveals rise in NAV
    Sigma Capital has posted an 11% rise in net assets per share to 45.1p for the year to 31 December, from 40.7p at the end of the previous year.
  8. Grosvenor profit leaps 81%, but total returns plummet
    Grosvenor Group, the Duke of Westminster’s property group, recorded revenue profit of £143.5m in 2017, 81% up on the 2016 figure of £79.2m.
  9. The Ethical Property Company secures £27m financing from Lloyd's green initiative
    The Ethical Property Company has secured a £27m financing package from Lloyds Bank to support its growth, including a £15m development loan to fund its new East London project The Green House.
  10. BNP PRE appoints unified Scottish lead as Rettie retires
    BNP Paribas Real Estate has appointed Jon Lambert to head up its unified Scottish division where he will take over leadership of BNP PRE, Strutt & Parker and John Clegg & Co north of the border from the retiring Andrew Rettie.