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Hobby Lobby Planning Mega-Sized Warehouse in Oklahoma

Hobby Lobby Stores Inc. is building a 1.9-million-square-foot, $88 million warehouse that rivals in size the biggest in the U.S..

Google Eyes Giant Offices in Historic Los Angeles Airplane Hangar

A massive former airplane hangar just north of Los Angeles International Airport was home to construction of the world’s largest airplane in the 1940s. Soon it could launch a new life: corporate offices of Google Inc.

In Florida, Return of the Condo-Hotel?

A luxury hotel operator is trying to revive a failed condo-hotel project in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., hoping that a formula that faded during the economic downturn can make a comeback.

Homes Built for Rent Claim Smaller Share

Recent Commerce Department data show that construction of single-family homes for rental purposes is shrinking toward its long-term average market share, but that doesn’t include the entire picture.

Building a Megaproject: A Tour of Related’s Hudson Yards Development

After years of planning, the Related Cos.’ giant Hudson Yards project, where more than $20 billion in development is planned on Manhattan’s far West Side, is getting well underway.

Apartment Landlord Shares Soar to New Highs, But Will Demand Keep Rising?

Shares of the nation’s biggest apartment landlords are trading at all-time highs as the economy recovers. But some apartment REIT executives are cautioning investors that demand, as well new development, may be leveling off.

Skanska’s U.S. Chief Sees More Public-Private Infrastructure to Come

Richard Cavallaro, tabbed this week as the next chief executive of Swedish construction giant Skanska AB’s U.S. operations, foresees Skanska expanding by investing in more public infrastructure projects in the U.S.

Shop the Presses: MediaNews Selling More Newspaper Real Estate

Newspaper publisher MediaNews Group is putting out a for-sale sign – for its real estate.

Castro to Hold Swearing-In Ceremony, Hit the Road

Julián Castro, the newly crowned secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, is headed out into the field.

Loot Canal: Some REITs May Benefit from Panama Megaproject

A report by SNL Real Estate published recently contends that the completion of the Panama Canal expansion could boost real estate investment trusts that have properties in or near a range of U.S. ports that will see increased traffic due to the bigger canal. We agree.

West Coast Cities Look to Grow Up

While tall skyscrapers have long been features of New York and Chicago skylines, the West Coast’s major cities historically haven’t embraced verticality with the same fervor. That may be changing.

Unsolicited Bid for AmREIT Stirs Market

Regency Centers Corp.’s unsolicited offer to buy Houston-based AmREIT Inc. Thursday demonstrates how competition has increased for high-quality shopping centers, particularly those anchored by grocery stores.

Commercial Property Prices Pick Up Steam in May

After months of sluggish growth, U.S. commercial property values grew 2% in May, according to the Green Street Commercial Property Price Index.

Willis Tower Said to Seek Loan Modification

The venture that owns the 110-story Willis Tower is facing a potential default on the building’s $774 million in debt and is seeking to renegotiate the terms of its loan with creditors, ratings agency Fitch Ratings said Monday.

Is U.S. Housing Unaffordable? It Depends on How You Chart It

Rising home prices and interest rates made housing less affordable last year than at any time in the last five years, according to National Association of Realtors data. So is it time to sound the siren over a housing bubble? Not really.

Why We Fall in Love—With Houses

A survey by Realtor.com shows that falling head-over-heels for a house is fairly common—69% of respondents reported that they have had a home crush.

Three Takeaways From the International Builders’ Show

Information was as abundant as optimism this week at the International Builders' Show in Las Vegas, where more than 75,000 home builders and suppliers gathered to discuss topics ranging from new building products to buyers’ preferen...

Celeb Contractors: Workers Not Easy for Us to Find, Either

Home builders and remodelers take heart: Even contractors with their own national television shows have trouble finding workers in certain construction trades these days.

Five Takeaways: Treasury Official Outlines Mortgage-Market Priorities

A top Treasury Department adviser on housing policy outlined a series of initiatives that the Obama administration could undertake in 2014 to overhaul the nation’s mortgage market, even if Congress doesn’t succeed in shepherding a bipartisan overhaul of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

Mortgage Rates Hit Three-Month Low

Average mortgage rates fell to the lowest level since mid-November last week as unease over economic growth in the U.S. and market turmoil abroad prompted investors to load up on government bonds, pushing down long-term interest rat...

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