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Some Malls Pressure Retailers to Open on ThanksgivingOpen in a New Window

While most department stores set their own hours, the small shops that line mall hallways tend to follow the lead of their landlords, which take their cues from chains like J.C. Penney and Macy’s.


Mall Owners Find Silver Lining in Retailer BustsOpen in a New Window

Some wobbly retailers are heading into the holiday shopping season with their fates hanging in the balance. Landlords are watching with a mix of concern and anticipation about potential store closings. The bright side: New tenants can mean higher rents.


Soros Puts Money on Latin America HotelsOpen in a New Window

Billionaire George Soros’s investment firm has agreed to spend up to $300 million on an Argentine hotel company’s Latin America expansion, a vote of confidence in the region.


Australian Robot Lays 300 Bricks an HourOpen in a New Window

What do you do when a hot property-market has driven bricklayer salaries to nearly $100,000 a year in Australian cities like Sydney? Call in the robots.


New Office Leasing Picks Up in EuropeOpen in a New Window

Companies in Europe this year have signed new leases for office space at a faster rate than at any time since the start of the 2008 financial crisis.


At Last, a Secondary Market Emerges for Private-Equity Real-Estate FundsOpen in a New Window

Values of real-estate private-equity funds have rebounded enough from the financial crisis of 2007 that investors can sell their stakes in what has become a burgeoning secondary market.


Immigrant Visa Program Divides Big BuildersOpen in a New Window

Key real-estate industry players are lining up against giant rival Related in a fight to shape the future of the federal EB-5 immigrant investor program.


D.R. Horton Sees Jump in New-Home DeliveriesOpen in a New Window

Home builder D.R. Horton Inc. sidestepped the labor shortages plaguing many of its peers, posting a 23% year-over-year gain in delivered homes for its fiscal fourth quarter ended Sept. 30.


Mainland Chinese Companies Flock to Hong Kong PropertyOpen in a New Window

Hong Kong’s Central district, already studded with the world’s priciest office towers, is attracting more mainland Chinese companies to move in, sparking a rise in rents and prompting some Western firms to search for cheaper digs elsewhere.


Hines's Brazil Business Mired in ProbeOpen in a New Window

Global property giant Hines said its head of Brazil operations resigned after the firm began investigating whether improper payments were made to win business with one of Brazil’s largest companies.


McDonald's Won't Spin Off Real Estate HoldingsOpen in a New Window

McDonald’s announced a dividend increase and other financial measures, while putting to rest speculation that it would spin off its U.S. real-estate holdings, Chief Executive Steve Easterbrook said.


Apollo's Deal for Control of Schorsch Real-Estate Empire Falls ApartOpen in a New Window

Apollo Global Management’s deal to take control of Nicholas Schorsch’s real-estate investment business with roughly $19 billion of assets has fallen apart, according to people familiar with the matter.


Stuyvesant Town: One Firm Reaps a Windfall Where Investors Lost BillionsOpen in a New Window

Investors have suffered billions in losses over the past decade on New York's Stuyvesant Town apartment complex. But one little-known company is poised to reap a massive payday.


Shinagawa Rises as a New Hub in TokyoOpen in a New Window

Some of Japan’s top railway operators are hoping to make Shinagawa and its environs in southern Tokyo another commercial heart of the capital.


Chinese Property Investors Target TokyoOpen in a New Window

For Chinese investors dealing with their own hangover at home, Tokyo’s more sober real-estate market is looking like good medicine.


Japan Post IPO to Shift Focus to Property PortfolioOpen in a New Window

Japan Post is expected to focus more on unleashing the value of its real-estate portfolio by selling 11% of its shares in an IPO that is slated to start trading on Wednesday.


Wanted: Immigrant Funds to Build Final World Trade Center TowerOpen in a New Window

To help finance construction of the final office tower to go up at the World Trade Center site, its developer Silverstein Properties is turning to aspiring immigrants.


Freddie Mac Swings to LossOpen in a New Window

Mortgage-finance company Freddie Mac posted its first quarterly loss in four years despite a healthy housing market, underscoring the challenges faced by the mortgage-finance giant in its eighth year of government control.


Chinese Firms Vie to Buy Starwood HotelsOpen in a New Window

At least three big Chinese companies are competing to win Beijing’s approval to bid for Starwood Hotels, setting the stage for what could be the largest-ever Chinese takeover of a U.S. company.


Brookfield Bets Big on BrooklynOpen in a New Window

Brookfield Property Partners is making its first venture into Brooklyn, buying a majority stake in two planned apartment towers on the New York City borough’s waterfront.


Morgan Stanley Makes a Comeback in Real EstateOpen in a New Window

Amid an otherwise dismal third quarter, Morgan Stanley enjoyed a bit of good news from its real-estate unit, which wrapped up fundraising for its first high-risk real-estate fund since 2007.


Debt Load Hinders Recovery at HovnanianOpen in a New Window

Four years into the housing market recovery, builder Hovnanian Enterprises is taking another turn for the worse with $467 million in debt coming due through 2017.


Developers Put on the Glitz for Busy Fall Selling SeasonOpen in a New Window

Increasingly, developers use a wide range of splashy affairs to promote luxury residential real-estate sales in autumn, the most important sales period after spring.


Apple Paychecks---One Reason for High Home PricesOpen in a New Window

Apple workers live in pricier homes than other residents in the San Francisco Bay Area, and home values are rising much faster in neighborhoods where Apple workers live, according to a Zillow analysis.


Microsoft Opens Flagship Store on Fifth AvenueOpen in a New Window

Microsoft will step onto one of the world’s biggest retail stages Monday when it opens its Fifth Avenue store in Manhattan as part of its strategy to boost direct contact with consumers.


Web-Shopping Deluge Boxes In LandlordsOpen in a New Window

Camden Property Trust stopped accepting parcels at all of its properties nationwide after being buried under a mountain of packages.


Midtown South: Living Where the Action IsOpen in a New Window

In Manhattan’s Midtown South, longtime residents have watched the area rapidly change from gritty city center to swanky urban locale.


For Yacht Club, the Question of Whether to Abandon ShipOpen in a New Window

After 125 years, the Stuyvesant Yacht Club may not mark another anniversary. It has been beset by declining membership, financial problems, internal disputes and the lingering effects of superstorm Sandy.


Philippine Hotels Boom Leaves Glut of BedsOpen in a New Window

New hotels are sprouting across the Philippines to help fulfill the government’s ambitions to make the archipelago a top Asian holiday destination. Now the challenge is to fill them.


Stuyvesant Sale Typifies Boom in Real EstateOpen in a New Window

Blackstone Group LP and Canadian pension investor Ivanhoé Cambridge announced on Tuesday they were in a deal to purchase the 80-acre East Side complex for $5.3 billion, an example of the remarkable recovery of the Manhattan real-estate market.


U.S. Housing Starts Up on Multifamily ConstructionOpen in a New Window

U.S. home building rebounded in September after two straight months of declines, largely because of a sharp increase in construction of apartments and other multifamily housing.


Tech Firms Spy New Frontier In the Bay Area: OaklandOpen in a New Window

The Oakland market has lost its lethargy and is kicking into gear, largely fueled by smaller tech companies escaping San Francisco’s high rents.


Hotel Operators Ready to Rumble Over UpgradesOpen in a New Window

Two of the world’s biggest hotel operators, Hilton and Marriott, are about to compete for hotel owners who want to spend less money upgrading their properties.


Rezoning Worries in South BronxOpen in a New Window

The auto-repair shops on Jerome Avenue are ramshackle, but some people in the South Bronx fear the apartment buildings that could replace them under a proposed rezoning would be too expensive for them.


Blackstone Leads Deal to Buy Stuy Town ComplexOpen in a New Window

Blackstone Group and another large investor are finalizing a deal to purchase Stuyvesant Town and Peter Cooper Village for roughly $5.3 billion.


Lawsuit Says Manhattan Real Estate Was Used to Launder MoneyOpen in a New Window

A banker and a former politician from Kazakhstan tried to launder tens of millions of dollars of stolen money through New York real-estate holdings, a civil lawsuit alleges.


At the World Trade Center Site, a Retail Cathedral Takes ShapeOpen in a New Window

Businesses are taking space at the World Trade Center’s redeveloped shopping area.


Swanky New York Condo Tower Exploits Program Designed for Deprived AreasOpen in a New Window

A proposed $1.7 billion high-end tower on “Billionaires’ Row” at 36 Central Park South represents what critics call an abuse of the EB-5 immigrant investor program designed to aid economically deprived areas.


Need to Store That? Booming Self-Storage Industry Says No ProblemOpen in a New Window

Business is booming for companies that lease out storage units to consumers. Rents are rising, most units are occupied, and competition is tame due to limited new construction in the wake of the financial crisis.


Charter-School Movement Grows---for Real-Estate InvestorsOpen in a New Window

Real-estate investors are showing an increasing interest in charter school development as the demand grows for classroom seats and state and local governments become more willing to help finance charter-school projects.


Chinese Firm Drops Deal to Buy NZ FarmsOpen in a New Window

Dakang New Zealand Farm Group, 55% owned by Shanghai Pengxin Group Co., said Monday it has pulled out of a deal to buy a group of farms on New Zealand’s North Island.


Berlin's Housing Problems Boil OverOpen in a New Window

Berlin has become a magnet for European youth, with 40,000 new residents flocking to the city every year. The problem: Only about 8,000 new housing units are added a year. Building more is proving a challenge.


TPG Raises $2 Billion in Real-Estate FundOpen in a New Window

Private-equity giant TPG has closed its first high-risk real-estate fund, raising more than $2 billion in commitments at a time when big investors’ appetite for real-estate risk is increasing.


Blackstone in Talks to Sell Four Los Angeles Office TowersOpen in a New Window

Blackstone Group LP is in advanced discussions to sell four Los Angeles office towers for significantly more than $1 billion to a group led by West Coast landlord Douglas Emmett Inc.


Brooklyn Office Market Heats UpOpen in a New Window

Brooklyn is finally receiving a wave of investment from developers that once avoided it, thanks to a big wager on another set of tenants: technology, media and advertising firms.


Shrinking U.S. Shopping Malls Get MakeoversOpen in a New Window

An era of relentless expansion for American shopping centers is coming to an end as a toxic brew of overbuilding, the rise of e-commerce and a wave of retailer bankruptcies force landlords to reimagine once-lucrative properties.
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