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Columbia's New Center Says 'C'mon In'Open in a New Window

Columbia’s Jerome L. Greene Science Center is a modern space with glass walls, wide sidewalks and public squares—a departure from the university’s graceful 19th-century Beaux Arts main campus.


Major League Baseball Expected to Move Headquarters to MidtownOpen in a New Window

Major League Baseball is expected to sign a large lease as early as Thursday to consolidate its Manhattan operations at the former Time & Life Building, according to people familiar with the deal.


First-Time Buyers Expected to Return to Housing MarketOpen in a New Window

Young buyers could return to the housing market in droves this spring, according to an analysis of web searches performed by


Texas Builder Aggressively Markets Starter HomesOpen in a New Window

Texas builder LGI Homes is using an aggressive marketing operation to carve out success in low-price entry-level homes in far-flung suburbs and exurbs.


A New Real-Estate War in Silicon ValleyOpen in a New Window

Soaring apartment costs in Silicon Valley are fueling popular support for an idea bitterly opposed by many landlords in America’s technology capital: rent controls.


Developer Sees Trouble for Property in PerthOpen in a New Window

Australian property developer Nigel Satterley has forecast a bust in the apartment market in Perth or Brisbane within the next six months.


Kuwait Firm Expands With GE Office Deal in OhioOpen in a New Window

A Kuwait-based financial-services firm is paying $107 million for a new Cincinnati office building occupied by GE in its biggest real-estate investment in the U.S.


Starwood Capital Sells Stake in $2 Billion Hotel Portfolio to China LifeOpen in a New Window

Private investment firm Starwood Capital Group said Tuesday it sold a stake in a roughly $2 billion portfolio of U.S. hotels to a group led by China’s largest insurance company, China Life Insurance Co. Ltd.


Developer Sees East Midtown Office Tower as a New LandmarkOpen in a New Window

The mammoth East Midtown office tower to be known as One Vanderbilt will rise 1,401 feet and taper into a slender pinnacle intended as an emphatic addition to the Manhattan skyline.


Health-Care REITs Back Off NursingOpen in a New Window

Some big real-estate investment trusts that focus on health care are starting to pare their skilled-nursing holdings.


Midtown South's Office Market Ascends to New HeightsOpen in a New Window

Average asking rents for so-called Class A office buildings in the hip neighborhoods of Midtown South surpassed asking rents for comparable properties in Midtown Manhattan for two consecutive quarters, according to real-estate-services firm JLL.


Brooklyn Children's Museum Is Set to Open Annex in Brooklyn Bridge ParkOpen in a New Window

The new outpost of the Brooklyn Children’s Museum is set to open in a roughly 1,850-square foot space on the ground floor of a luxury condominium building in Brooklyn Bridge Park.


Developers Make Bets on IranOpen in a New Window

Real-estate developers have found their next big project: Iran. The onetime pariah’s year-old deal to curb its nuclear program lifts a host of economic sanctions that have limited the ability to do business in the country.


Iran's Growth Hurdle: Lack of Modern Office SpacesOpen in a New Window

Iran’s nuclear deal has opened the gate for business expansion and foreign investment, but this growth faces an obstacle: a dearth of high-quality, affordable office space.


Iran Lays Groundwork for Regional Airport Hub in TehranOpen in a New Window

Tehran’s international airport is in the early stages of a gradual reinvention, part of a long-term plan to boost trade and turn Iran into a regional hub after its nuclear deal.


Iran Prepares for an Uptick in TourismOpen in a New Window

A handful of mostly European hotel groups are looking to steal a march on their U.S. competitors by moving into the Iranian hospitality market while U.S. companies still face regulatory uncertainty.


R.I.P.: Japanese Bank Tower That Embodied Nation's Industrial MightOpen in a New Window

A bank tower that once stood at the center of Japan’s postwar industrial power will start to be demolished Saturday, one of several boom-era structures being torn down against the will of architectural preservationists.


A 'Cathedral to Manufacturing' Is RebornOpen in a New Window

Entrepreneurs working in robotics, artificial intelligence technology and connected devices work in early 20th century space that once hosted a leading technology of its day—shipbuilding.


Russians Score as London Property FallsOpen in a New Window

A weakened ruble is softening the blow of a falling post-Brexit property market in London for Russian investors.


Startup Offers Payment Insurance for Apartment HuntersOpen in a New Window

As the apartment market soars across the U.S., one financial-services startup sees opportunity in helping tenants get into units they can’t qualify for on their own.


Pierhouse Condos Take a Bow in Brooklyn Bridge ParkOpen in a New Window

The two condominium buildings and an adjacent hotel are massive horizontal structures at the edge of the park and offer up-close city views.


Blackstone Bets Big on LogisticsOpen in a New Window

Blackstone Group has cut a deal to pay $1.5 billion for a portfolio of logistics centers, in the latest sign that this e-commerce-driven business is one of the hottest areas in the commercial property industry.


Expiration of Visa Program NearsOpen in a New Window

Facing an impending expiration, the controversial EB-5 program designed to attract wealthy immigrants has federal lawmakers at an impasse, leaving its long-term future uncertain.


Freddie Mac Starts Pilot Program With Looser StandardsOpen in a New Window

Mortgage-finance giant Freddie Mac and two nonbank lenders are loosening income and documentation requirements for mortgage applicants in a new pilot program.


In Queens, Residential Development Is Driving CommercialOpen in a New Window

Demand for high-quality offices and retail spaces in Long Island City is being fueled in part by the 11,000 condominiums and rental apartments that have been built there over the past decade.


Tech Overload: Palo Alto Battles Silicon Valley's SpreadOpen in a New Window

Palo Alto’s moratorium on new office construction in its downtown is only the latest dust-up in Silicon Valley, where resistance and challenges to development are sprouting rapidly.


More Developers Kick Parking Lots to the CurbOpen in a New Window

Developers in more U.S. cities are reducing the amount of parking spaces included in new projects as local authorities seek to encourage the use of mass transit and free up space for parks, housing or other uses.


Stretch of Chicago River to Get $1.5 Billion MakeoverOpen in a New Window

High-rises, townhomes and a public river walk are planned for an undeveloped area south of Chicago’s downtown Loop in a project breaking ground Monday, adding to a frenzy of construction along the waterway.


At a Rebuilt World Trade Center, a Friendship FadesOpen in a New Window

Frank Lowy and Larry Silverstein’s interests were aligned when they bought the lower Manhattan complex, but they diverged during its rebuilding.


Developer's Family Brings Office Park Back Into the FoldOpen in a New Window

An office complex in Hackensack, N.J., hit hard by the financial crisis, has been acquired by the family who developed the three buildings about a half-century ago.


Wells Fargo's Discount U.K. Deal Is the New NormalOpen in a New Window

Wells Fargo’s decision to negotiate a “retrade” on a U.K. commercial property deal follows what several other big property purchasers have done since the historic Brexit vote.


Reaching High Into the Western SkyOpen in a New Window

A new skyscraper in downtown Los Angeles has become the tallest building in the U.S. west of the Mississippi River.


Broadway Veteran Tapped to Produce Mall EntertainmentOpen in a New Window

Shopping-center giant Westfield Corp. has hired Tony-winning producer Scott Sanders to create ‘unique and spectacular’ entertainment events. His resume includes 15 years at Radio City Music Hall.


Chinese Developers Pour Cash Into U.S. Real EstateOpen in a New Window

Investment from China continues unabated as investors plow money into some of the highest-profile commercial developments.


Investors Pay $150 Million for Office Property in MiamiOpen in a New Window

An investment group has paid $150 million for a Miami office property in the latest sign that investor appetite continues to grow for commercial real estate in midsize cities.


Real-Estate Shares to Get Own SectorOpen in a New Window

On stock markets around the world, real-estate companies have been lumped into a category with banks and insurance firms since 1999. But property will break free from the financial sector on Thursday into its own dedicated group.


Airbnb Income: How It Can Mess With Your Mortgage 'Refi'Open in a New Window

Big banks, including Bank of America Corp. and Wells Fargo & Co., are subjecting some refinance customers who rent rooms to additional scrutiny.


Developers Bet Big on Brooklyn Office DemandOpen in a New Window

An investment group has obtained the necessary financing to break ground on a $400 million office and industrial development in Williamsburg, marking the latest big bet on Brooklyn’s growing popularity as a workplace.


Bustling Crown Heights Shakes Off Strife of PastOpen in a New Window

Twenty-five years after racial violence propelled Crown Heights into the national spotlight, the Brooklyn neighborhood has become a hot real-estate market.


New Zealand Hangs 'Welcome' Sign for Foreign Home BuyersOpen in a New Window

While other countries grappling to contain frothy housing markets have moved to cool foreign investment, New Zealand boasts one of the world’s most open-door policies.


Financing Plan Reawakes American Dream Mall ProjectOpen in a New Window

Canadian developer Triple Five is hoping to restart construction next month on the long-delayed retail and amusement project in East Rutherford, N.J., called American Dream.


MAA Near Deal to Buy Post Properties for About $4 BillionOpen in a New Window

Real-estate investment trust MAA is nearing a deal to buy Post Properties for about $4 billion, bringing together two major apartment owners who have benefited from a boom in rental demand.


Tech Firm DoubleVerify to Expand With New LeaseOpen in a New Window

A roundup of real-estate news in the Greater New York region.


Rosendale, N.Y., Lures City DwellersOpen in a New Window

New Yorkers who had second homes in charming Ulster County town are now settling there full time.


For Some, Brooklyn's Skyline Is Just Soooo BoringOpen in a New Window

New towers have been rising, but with a few exceptions, they don’t do justice to the borough’s reputation as a creative center, design experts say.


Senior-Care Business Booms for FranchisersOpen in a New Window

Providing home-health aides and other services to older Americans is a fast-growing business, as brands and franchise owners seek to capitalize on an aging U.S. population and low costs of entry.


Activist Pressures Ratner Family to Relax Control of Forest CityOpen in a New Window

Investors are pressuring the Ratner family to loosen their grip on their nearly 100-year-old property empire, which owns high-profile urban properties such as the New York Times headquarters.


WeWork Misses Mark on Some Lofty TargetsOpen in a New Window

Six years after it was founded, WeWork has amassed a valuation of $16 billion, placing it among the world’s most valuable startups. But the shared-office-space company’s growth projections might not play out as expected.


How One Developer Learned Not to Put the House Before the HorseOpen in a New Window

When a prime piece of property came up for sale in coastal Orange County, Calif., five years ago, it was a natural draw for residential developers. But there was a catch in an area known as “the equestrian capital of the West Coast.”


Rio Projects Fail to Reach the Finish LineOpen in a New Window

Brazil’s economy was galloping when the country won the right to host the 2016 summer Olympics. Seven years later, a novel strategy to use private real-estate development opportunities to help finance the games is unraveling.


Investors See Gold in Distressed Properties in BrazilOpen in a New Window

Some international investors say there is one emerging bright side to Brazil’s woes: Distress levels for some property owners are reaching the point that they are selling at steep discounts.


Brazil's Hotels, After Olympics, Will Be Swimming in RoomsOpen in a New Window

Brazil’s hotel-industry slump is expected to continue after the Olympics, at least for the short term, and hurt the returns of the investors who have made big bets on the Brazilian economy and the hoped-for afterglow of the games.


Too Many Offices Empty After Olympic ExpansionOpen in a New Window

Some of the Olympic-related infrastructure development in Rio de Janeiro will likely add to the glut of office space in the midst of Brazil’s grueling recession.


Coach Sells Headquarters for $707 Million in Lease-Back DealOpen in a New Window

Coach Inc. sold its headquarters in New York’s Hudson Yards development for $707 million under a sale and lease-back agreement, the luxury retailer said Monday.


Facebook's Answer to Silicon Valley Housing Crunch: Build ApartmentsOpen in a New Window

Concerns about Silicon Valley’s housing shortage are turning Facebook into an apartment developer.


Excess Rooms Push Hotel Owners to Cut Rates in ChinaOpen in a New Window

A glut of hotel rooms in Chinese cities is forcing owners to slash rates in a bid to attract customers.


EverBank in Talks to Be Acquired for $2.5 BillionOpen in a New Window

EverBank said it is in advanced negotiations with a financial services firm to be acquired for roughly $2.5 billion, potentially leading to one of the biggest banking takeovers since the financial crisis.


LaSalle Earmarks Big Loan for North London CondominiumsOpen in a New Window

LaSalle Investment Management said it will lend £110 million for a residential development in Finsbury Park, north London—one of the largest property-financing deals in the U.K. since the country voted to leave the European Union.


Investors Go Bargain-Hunting for U.K. PropertyOpen in a New Window

Global investors are on the hunt for U.K. property bargains, expecting that Brexit-fueled economic turmoil could weaken real-estate values. The drop in the value of sterling has only increased the appeal.


Big Chinese Developers Push Into Hong Kong MarketOpen in a New Window

China’s property developers are aggressively bidding for prime public land in Hong Kong as competition heats up in a sector where Asia’s wealthiest tycoons built their fortunes.


Arkansas Bank Fills a Lending VoidOpen in a New Window

Bank of the Ozarks has stepped into a void left by bigger banks that have pulled back from commercial lending in recent months amid softness in big markets such as New York and Houston.


Wells Fargo's Response to Brexit? Buying in London's Financial DistrictOpen in a New Window

Wells Fargo agreed to spend about $400 million on a new property in London and consolidate its operations there, a move that comes just under a month after U.K. voters chose to leave the European Union.


After East New York Zoning Change, City Pushes Job GrowthOpen in a New Window

An industrial tract in East New York is the linchpin of a plan by Mayor Bill de Blasio to bring more jobs and affordable housing to one of the city’s poorest neighborhoods.


Newmark Hires Fred Smith From Cushman & WakefieldOpen in a New Window

Newmark Grubb Knight Frank, has lured Fred Smith, an office leasing broker who had worked at Cushman & Wakefield for 31 years, to be a vice chairman in its New York office.


Opponents Seek to Stop Government's Sale of Plum IslandOpen in a New Window

The 840-acre island, just off the eastern tip of Long Island’s North Fork, is home to rare plant species, endangered birds and a few conspiracy theories.


Re-Imagining the Former Toys 'R' Us Store in Times SquareOpen in a New Window

Hidden behind a wooden construction wooden facade in Manhattan’s Times Square is the skeleton of the former flagship Toys “R” Us store, now being converted into locations for Gap and Old Navy.


Plenty of Room: Co-Working Office-Space Business Takes OffOpen in a New Window

The co-working business is mushrooming, with new locations popping up in old warehouses and new skyscrapers alike, as small and medium-size businesses opt for work spaces where members share common spaces.


Brexit Adds Chill to Slumping Commercial Property SectorOpen in a New Window

Wall Street is bracing itself for what could be a prolonged slump in the commercial real-estate-services sector, as Brexit’s repercussions ripple through the market.


Shoppers Are on Alert for More Than Bargains at MallsOpen in a New Window

Consumers and mall landlords are paying more attention to security issues amid the spate of shootings in public areas in recent months.


Mall Owners Push Out Department StoresOpen in a New Window

Once the linchpin of American shopping malls, department stores are being displaced by newer types of retailers that do a better job of driving shoppers to the centers and lifting overall mall sales.
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