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Commercial Real Estate News from the Wall Street Journal

  1. CBRE Global Investors Buys Stake in Three GGP Malls
    One of the world’s largest real-estate asset managers has purchased a 49% stake in three malls in a deal that values them at more than $1 billion and shows that investors still have an appetite for top-tier retail property.
  2. FAO Schwarz Is Returning to New York
    A dominant presence in Midtown Manhattan for decades before its closure in 2015, the toy store is coming to life again with a new, 20,000-square-foot Rockefeller Center location.
  3. Sportswear-Maker Puma to Open New York Flagship
    Germany’s Puma has signed a lease deal to creating a marquee location on Fifth Avenue that will be the first of its kind for the company in North America.
  4. Kushner Cos., Brookfield Near a Deal for Stake in 666 Fifth Ave.
    The real estate arm of Brookfield Asset Management is in advanced talks with Kushner Cos. to buy roughly a 50% stake in 666 Fifth Ave. and invest hundreds of millions of dollars in the Manhattan office tower, which has been at the center of a controversy over possible conflicts of interest involving Jared Kushner, President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and adviser.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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,.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.

Commercial Property News from the Financial Times

  1. US homebuilder confidence comes off over 3-year lows
  2. China’s globetrotting labourers face danger and debt
    Overseas workers struggle amid long hours, unsafe conditions and unpaid salaries
  3. Opening Quote: Boohoo’s Pretty Little Upgrade
  4. KB Home profit beats views amid signs of housing thaw
    Fellow homebuilder Lennar said sales are heating up as mortgage rates ease
  5. SIG hit by ‘challenging’ construction market across UK and Europe
    Building materials group warns of ‘increasingly challenging’ conditions in Britain
  6. Opening Quote: Morrisons compensates for Christmas competition
  7. Business uncertainty shakes UK construction sector
    Slowdown in new orders suggests Brexit may be chilling investment
  8. China builder bids $1.4bn for Australia health group
    Jangho Group seeks to buy clinic operator despite recent backlash over investment
  9. Kier/shorts: going for brokers
    UK rights issues are usually a cushy number — but occasionally it goes horribly wrong
  10. Kier’s rights issue taken up by only 38% of shareholders
    Banks and brokers left with losses after shares in UK construction group fall

Commercial Property News from Property Week

  1. Manchester landlord withdraws from WeWork deal
    An office landlord in Manchester has withdrawn from a deal to let space to WeWork, citing the effect the US flexible office provider’s covenant could have on the potential investment value of the building.
  2. Evans Randall drops £200m Clerkenwell office buy
    Brexit a factor behind £200m deal for Clerkenwell Collection falling out of bed.
  3. Spelthorne approves PDR plans for conversion of own offices
    Spelthorne Borough Council has approved its own plans for a conversion of part of its office HQ into housing through permitted development rights, Property Week can reveal.
  4. Tulip skyscraper would fail City planning rules
    The ‘Tulip’ skyscraper would fail City planning rules, City Hall officials said today.
  5. Green quits LSL’s PRSim for flatmate start-up
    Jo Green, a former director of PRS and build to rent (BTR) client services at LSL’s PRSim, has joined as UK sales director of Ideal Flatmate, the UK’s first compatibility based flatsharing site.
  6. Realstar backs London BTR double
    Realstar has agreed to fund two new build-to-rent schemes in Hackney Wick, East London and Southall, West London, with a total development value of £200m.
  7. Knotel doubles European operation with Deskeo acquisition
    US flexible office provider Knotel has more than doubled its presence in Europe with the acquisition of a majority stake in Deskeo, the largest operator in that market in France.
  8. Evans Randall sells £40m Docklands data centre
    Private equity investor Evans Randall Investors has sold its London data centre Sovereign House to the tenant Digital London for £40.35m.
  9. Lloyds backs M&G's Brexit-triggered Enhanced Value Fund with £53.5m loan
    Lloyds Bank’s real estate and housing team has agreed terms for a new £53.5m revolving credit facility for the M&G UK Enhanced Value Fund (UK EVF).
  10. Bourne Capital refinances £132m Legacy portfolio
    Bourne Capital has completed a £132m refinancing to fund its Legacy Portfolio, which comprises the Queensway and Waterloo estates in London.