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Commercial Real Estate News from the Wall Street Journal

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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,.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. '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.

Commercial Property News from the Financial Times

  1. London house prices/Berkeley: home truths
    Investors still seem to believe in the stock despite profit warning
  2. Berkeley warns profits set to dip on lower London house prices
    Builder expects 2019 earnings to be 30% lower
  3. UK housebuilder shares creak, with Berkeley down 5%
    ‘A warning sign for the whole industry’
  4. London reliant on EU for 28% of building workers as Brexit looms
    Curbs on migration threaten UK government’s goals on housebuilding and infrastructure
  5. US homebuilder confidence unexpectedly dips on higher lumber costs
  6. China’s Belt and Road plans dismay Pakistan’s poorest province
    Protests reveal anxieties about the true terms of massive infrastructure project
  7. Proxy battle looms over Greek conglomerate Ellaktor
    Unusual governance structure has resulted in ‘management deadlock’ says former chairman
  8. Crest Nicholson pulls back from faltering London market
    Housebuilder ‘less likely’ to buy land in the capital as it focuses on regions
  9. USG Corp agrees to $7bn deal from Germany’s Knauf
  10. Confusion and inertia block progress over tower fire safety
    Thousands still live in unsafe buildings a year after Grenfell

Commercial Property News from Property Week

  1. IPO filing reveals details of Cushman & Wakefield's financial performance
    Documents filed yesterday for Cushman & Wakefield’s initial public offering (IPO) show that the company notched up total revenues of $6.9bn in 2017, which puts it shy of JLL’s $7.9bn for the same period.
  2. L&G forward funds HMRC Stratford centre by Westfield
    Legal & General has agreed to forward fund the construction of a new office facility pre-let to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government to establish a new HMRC regional centre opposite the Westfield Stratford City shopping centre.
  3. Goldman Sachs swoops for City office asset
    Goldman Sachs has bought a City of London office building from Legal & General for just under £70m, Property Week can reveal.
  4. M&S teams up with Microsoft to introduce AI in its stores
    M&S has partnered with Microsoft to explore the use of technology and artificial intelligence (AI) in its stores.
  5. Oxford sells stake in Paris portfolio for €400m
    Oxford Properties has sold a 49.9% stake in its French portfolio to a fund advised by JP Morgan Asset Management for about €400m.
  6. Colliers proposes ‘five point plan’ to address retail woes
    Colliers International has published a ‘five-point plan’ on how to find occupiers for the increasing amount of empty retail space in the UK.
  7. Revo: Government retail plans 'kicking the can down the road'
    Retail industry body Revo has accused the government of “kicking the can down the road” with its plans to launch a taskforce and public consultation on the future of UK high streets.
  8. UK sees 10% rise in flexible workspaces
    Research shows rise in niche operators boosted growth in number of centres
  9. Orange set to relocate HQ to The Porter Building in Slough
    French telecoms operator is on verge of signing for 27,000 sq ft of space at the Landid/Brockton scheme
  10. Aberdeen Standard lets Park Royal scheme
    Aberdeen Standard Investments has let a unit at Park Royal in west London to Ealing, Hammersmith and West London College.