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The Developments blog features exclusive news, analysis and commentary on residential and commercial real estate from The Wall Street Journal’s real estate bureau.  The Wall Street Journal is one of the world's most trusted publishers of accurate financial news and business information. 



Silicon Valley’s Office Crunch, in Three ChartsOpen in a New Window

Silicon Valley has an office problem: Demand is soaring while supply is only growing slowly, and stands grow slower still.


Senator Grassley Questions Appointment Of New FHA HeadOpen in a New Window

Senator Charles Grassley is challenging the method by which the HUD Secretary installed a new head of the Federal Housing Administration


New Rallying Cry Among Investors in Europe: “Go East”Open in a New Window

With competition heating up in European real estate markets, it’s time for investors to look to the region’s central and eastern fringes, according to a new report from adviser Cushman & Wakefield. Economies in countries like Czech Republic, Poland, and Hungary are improving, and the relative shortage of debt “can open up opportunities for equity investors,” the report said. Prague and Warsaw are the leading property markets in this region, although there are others “with obvious geopolitical risks to consider but also high potential returns,” it said. Budapest “is perhaps the most notable example.” �


HUD Puts In New Protections For Struggling HomeownersOpen in a New Window

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development on Friday said that it would make a number of changes to its program of selling delinquent mortgages to investors and nonprofits, putting in protections to attempt to prevent foreclosures and help nonprofits buy more of their loans.


Are Entry-Level Homebuyers Really This Gung-Ho Yet?Open in a New Window

D.R. Horton sold roughly 2,000 of its entry-level Express brand homes in the first three months of 2015, or 18% of its total sales, according to the company’s second quarter fiscal results released Wednesday. That’s big, considering that D.R. Horton is the largest U.S. builder by unit sales.


Treasury Department: Fannie, Freddie Bailout Wasn’t A LoanOpen in a New Window

Treasury Department for the first time clearly laid out its view on the bailout of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac: The bailout wasn't a loan, but an investment on which taxpayers are now being compensated.


What Fannie Mae’s and Freddie Mac’s Fee Changes Mean To YouOpen in a New Window

Here's what you need to know about Fannie Mae's and Freddie Mac's changes to the fees they charge to back mortgages.


Take A Broader View to Better Understand the New-Home MarketOpen in a New Window

The Commerce Department’s monthly figures on the new-home market typically come with a lot of noise. Its latest report Thursday on March home starts was no exception.


New $2.1 Billion Skyscraper to Rise as Skadden Arps Signs Up to Move WestOpen in a New Window

Brookfield Property Partners is moving ahead with a $2.1 billion tower west of Pennsylvania Station, as law firm Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP signed a 550,000 square foot lease to move from Times Square to the 2.1 million square foot building, Brookfield announced Tuesday.


San Francisco Movers and Shakers Have a New Place for Power BreakfastOpen in a New Window

The Loews Regency New York on Park Avenue is famous for attracting tycoons and dealmakers looking to schmooze over breakfast.Now its owner, Loews Hotels & Resorts, is looking to roll out the power breakfast nationwide.
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