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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. Sika saga shows instability need not be a hindrance
    Swiss group has prospered despite unwanted approach from France’s Saint-Gobain
  2. Buffett/USG: material differences
    Knauf’s interest is perfectly timed as Berkshire wants out of building products group
  3. Buffett turns hostile against board of USG
    Berkshire Hathaway boss ups ante in effort to sell stake in building materials group
  4. Best of Lex: your weekly round-up
    Some parting thoughts after three years on the Lex desk
  5. Persimmon faces revolt over executive bonuses
    Leading investor adviser recommends voting against housebuilder’s pay report at AGM
  6. ‘Age of engineered timber’ comes with a few snags
    The ambition for a new Lagos tower is matched by its cost
  7. Germany’s Knauf in $6.6bn bid for building materials group USG
  8. Lone Star explores Quintain sale to cut UK exposure
    US buyout group eyes £3bn from disposal of London property group
  9. Crest Nicholson faces potential shareholder revolt
    Proxy adviser recommends against moving CEO Stone into chairman’s office
  10. Opening Quote: Ocado - we need to know it’s exhilarating

Commercial Property News from Property Week

  1. House of Fraser brings in advisers for restructuring plan
    Department store chain House of Fraser has brought in advisers at KPMG to advise on a restructuring plan, including a potential Company Voluntary Arrangement (CVA).
  2. US investor makes UK debut with King William St buy
    Beltane Asset Management and Angelo Gordon have exchanged contracts for the sale of 24 King William Street to an American investor client of Ella Valley Capital in an off-market transaction, Property Week can reveal.
  3. Stanhope hires Blackstone’s Grant as managing director
    Stuart Grant will take up the newly created position in September after an 18-year career at Blackstone.
  4. Hammerson resurrects huge Birmingham scheme
    Hammerson has revived plans for a huge development in Birmingham, as it sets out its strategy following the collapse of its £3.4bn takeover of intu.
  5. Labour proposes £4bn a year for affordable homes
    Labour has unveiled its housing proposals to build a million “genuinely affordable” homes over a decade should they come into power.
  6. Greystar in discussions to buy £1bn Inhabit BTR sites
    Build-to-rent giant Greystar is in talks to buy a portfolio of sites that could accommodate around 3,500 apartments from developer Inhabit.
  7. Barnard Marcus sales slip in April auction
    Barnard Marcus raised almost £9m less than last year at its 16 April auction. The auction house sold 112 of the 190 lots offered, reflecting a 59% success rate and raising £20m.
  8. Berry becomes new CBRE senior director with focus on Asian investors
    CBRE Global Investors has appointed Justin Berry as its new senior director for EMEA separate accounts with a remit to build pan-European real estate portfolios for Asian institutional clients.
  9. TH Real Estate acquires EDGE assets to launch €1bn partnership
    TH Real Estate’s Cityhold Office Partnership (CHOP) has acquired a duo of assets from EDGE Technologies to seed a strategic partnership with the technology-led developer targeting €1bn (£870m) growth in the next three years.
  10. Davies Group signs deal for Stoke’s Smithfield
    Operations and digital solutions business Davies Group has completed a 40,000 sq ft letting at No.2 Smithfield in Stoke-on-Trent, which is owned by Stoke City Council.