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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. 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
  2. Designer’s ambition for a digital age revival for master builders
    Facit Homes’ innovative methods have wider potential for housing
  3. Best of Lex: your weekly round-up
    Bayer-Temasek, Shire-Allergan, Aviva, FCA-Barclays, Buffett-USG, IBM, Netflix and Facebook
  4. Sika saga shows instability need not be a hindrance
    Swiss group has prospered despite unwanted approach from France’s Saint-Gobain
  5. Buffett/USG: material differences
    Knauf’s interest is perfectly timed as Berkshire wants out of building products group
  6. Buffett turns hostile against board of USG
    Berkshire Hathaway boss ups ante in effort to sell stake in building materials group
  7. Best of Lex: your weekly round-up
    Some parting thoughts after three years on the Lex desk
  8. Persimmon faces revolt over executive bonuses
    Leading investor adviser recommends voting against housebuilder’s pay report at AGM
  9. ‘Age of engineered timber’ comes with a few snags
    The ambition for a new Lagos tower is matched by its cost
  10. Germany’s Knauf in $6.6bn bid for building materials group USG

Commercial Property News from Property Week

  1. JLL boss Ulbrich sees pay leap 53% to $9m despite shareholder rebellion
    JLL chief executive Christian Ulbrich’s total pay package rockets 53% to more than $9m (£6.4m) in 2017, as the firm outlines a raft of changes to its executive pay policy following last year’s shareholder rebellion.
  2. Green light for East Croydon station resi-led redevelopment
    Joint venture partners Menta and housebuilder Redrow have received planning permission to develop a major new infrastructure and residential-led regeneration scheme which will create a new station entrance to East Croydon Station.
  3. Record sum for West End office sale
    A private Asian investor has sold a prime office and residential building on Upper Grosvenor Street in London’s West End at a record £2,250/sq ft capital value.
  4. Carpetright chief: 'We will emerge stronger from CVA'
    Chief executive Wilf Walsh insists firm will not become another Toys R Us and plans fundraising to invest in remaining stores
  5. Landsec mulls flexible office brand launch
    Listed developer considering new product in response to serviced office demand.
  6. Grainger refinances with £350m bond issue
    The UK’s largest listed residential landlord Grainger has issued a £350m senior bond aimed at cutting the cost of its debt.
  7. M&G unveils plans for £100m Glasgow office development
    M&G Real Estate has unveiled plans for a new £100m office development in Glasgow, which will provide 277,500 sq ft of grade A space over 12 levels.
  8. Birmingham resi values grow 31% in five years
    Average residential values in Birmingham have grown by 31% in five years, causing the traditional city centre boundaries to expand, according to Savills.
  9. South Bank Tower apartments sold for £125m
    The final apartments at South Bank Tower have been sold to an international investor for more than £125m.
  10. New FD in shake-up at Taylor Wimpey
    FTSE 100 housebuilder Taylor Wimpey has announced that group finance director Ryan Mangold is stepping down after eight years in the role to be replaced by current London divisional chair Chris Carney.