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Willis Tower Hits the Sales Block

Now for sale: The countrys second-tallest skyscraper. The owners of the Willis Tower formerly the Sears Tower are looking for buyers for the 1,451 -foot tower, a spokesman for the ownership group confirmed. The group recently tappedShow More Summary

Market for German Property Funds Gradually Climbs Back

German closed-end funds, which raise money through public offerings and are traded on exchanges, are growing their fund businesses again after suffering mightily during the downturn.

Brokers Joust for Talent Amid Property Rebound in Spain

As property prices rise in Spain, brokerage firms and other real estate services companies are fighting to attract talent.

What Hovnanian, LGI Results Tell Us About This Spring

Hovnanian Enterprises Inc. and LGI Homes Inc. both posted strong gains in quarterly sales on Thursday. But neither is an ideal indicator of the spring home-selling market.

More Home Builders Say This Spring Smells Rosy

Home builders are getting bullish about this spring home-selling season. A leading survey indicates that February new-home sales were up 12% on a per-community basis from a year earlier. And various big builders report double-digit percentage gains in February orders.

DTZ is Deflating in Germany

DTZ is discontinuing its leasing and investment-sales businesses in German markets other than Berlin, and focusing on valuation, property management and other services, company executives said.

Real Estate Confab Is Missing a Mainstay: Russians

Thousands of real estate executives and government officials from Russia usually participate in MIPIM. But this year only hundreds are attending and the huge Moscow pavilion that used to be a fixture at the event also is missing.

Vornado’s Roth Sees ‘Enormous’ Value in Urban Retail

Vornado chief Steve Roth believes the company's urban retail holdings are "enormously" undervalued by Wall Street. As to the properties' future? He keeps investors guessing.

Willis Tower Hits the Sales Block

Now for sale: The country’s second-tallest skyscraper. The owners of the Willis Tower – formerly the Sears Tower – are looking for buyers for the 1,451 -foot tower, a spokesman for the ownership group confirmed. The group recently tapped...Show More Summary

Retail Landlords Are the Least Optimistic

Investors in retail buildings are the least optimistic commercial property owners.

David Geffen Sells Malibu Beach Inn for Nearly $80 Million

Hollywood studio mogul David Geffen has sold the Malibu Beach Inn at a price of about $1.7 million per room, the highest valuation by this measure for any California hotel.

Silicon Desert? Developer Bets on Scottsdale as a Tech Hub

With a handful of tech firms already establishing outposts in the Phoenix suburb, Los Angeles-based Stockdale Capital is planning a 250,000 square foot office building in the city’s downtown given what it sees as strong demand from other tech companies.

Office Demand Exceeding New Supply

The rate of business expansion is far outpacing the rate of new office building development, according to a new report from CBRE Group Inc.

Analysts Assess Possible Cushman & Wakefield Sale

Analysts have good news and bad news for real estate services giant Cushman & Wakefield Inc. in the wake of the news earlier this week that its parent company, Italian investment giant Exor SpA, was putting it up for sale.

Home-Construction Lending Grows at Slower Pace

Lending for home construction slowed its growth in the fourth quarter, underscoring that the home-building recovery remains restrained.

Canadian Property Giant Oxford Bets on Washington D.C.

Oxford, the real estate arm of the Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement Systems, has purchased a nearly 50% stake in 1001 G St., NW, the latest in a two year buying spree in Washington, D.C.

Last Year Saw Pivot In New-Home Sizes

The median size of newly built homes in the U.S. declined for the third straight quarter, hinting at the return of the entry-level buyer.

Deutsche Bank Real Estate Unit: Get Thee to Europe

Deutsche Asset & Wealth Management, the real-estate investment arm of the German investment bank, is advising investors to allocate more of their portfolios to Europe and less to property in the U.S. and Asia.

Donahue Schriber Gets $250 Million From Owners to Keep Buying Retail

Donahue Schriber Realty Group, a privately-held real estate investment trust, has gotten an infusion of $250 million in equity from two of its big owners to continue its aggressive pursuit of West Coast retail property, particularly grocery-anchored shopping centers.

Strength in January New-Home Sales Bodes Well for Spring

One of the latest reports to indicate a strong start to the spring season is the monthly survey of home builders conducted by housing research firm Zelman Associates.

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