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Slowing Momentum Might Signal Peak in New-Home Prices

What does the recent slowdown in new-home price increases mean? It primarily means two things: Home builders appear to have exhausted buyers’ tolerance for big price increases, and builders are constructing a greater number of less-pricey homes.

Former Blackstone Exec Launches Fund to Focus on Benelux Countries

A UK-based private equity firm founded by a former Blackstone Group LP executive is launching Icon Real Estate a new company that will invest up to €1 billion in real estate in the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxemburg where relatively high yields and recovering economies have been attracting new foreign capital.

Is There a Bearish Case on Spring’s New-Home Sales?

With the likes of Lennar Corp. and KB Home last week posting sales-order gains of 18% and 24%, respectively, for their quarters ending Feb. 28, can a bearish case be made on new-home sales so far this spring? Yes, but not much of on...

Report Says “False Equity is on the Rise” in Housing Market

Home prices in some U.S. markets are rising much faster than rental incomes or what it would cost to build new houses in those markets, according to a new study by a real estate valuation firm.

5 Things Lennar’s Results Tell Us About the New-Home Market

Lennar Corp.’s quarterly results on Thursday depict a new-home market shifting into a higher gear so far this year, perhaps finally shaking off last year’s doldrums.

The Cost of Sprawl: More Than $1 Trillion Per Year, New Report Says

The sprawling suburbs of cities like Atlanta and Houston have hidden costs to the United States economy that come to more than $1 trillion a year, according to a new report.

Braves Hit Home Run With Comcast Deal

Baseball season hasn’t started yet, but the Atlanta Braves just scored a big win.

Let Building Permits Tell Tale Of February Home Construction

The Commerce Department’s data for February home starts, released Tuesday, is an anomaly born of harsh weather in many parts of the U.S. last month. Residential building permits provide a better view of the market’s trajectory.

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.

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