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  • As Consumers Cheer, Plunge in Oil Prices Poses Test for Texas Real Estate
    The price of a barrel of oil has fallen to its lowest level in five and a half years and analysts are crediting a big bump in November retail sales as less expensive gasoline and heating oil leave extra dollars in the pockets of U.S. consumers available for holiday shopping.

    The new numbers confirm the speculation of economists about the impact of the recent oil price collapse on commuters, shoppers and businesses. Consumer price inflation fell…

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  • SHAKE UP: Santora Named To Replace Underhill as CEO of Cushman & Wakefield
    Jim Underhill’s four-year tenure as CEO of Cushman & Wakefield’s North American operations ended abruptly this week as the firm confirmed today that he had left the company and that longtime C&W insider John C. Santora had replaced him as head of the firm’s largest global operating region.

    A 37-year veteran of the firm, Santora most recently served as president and CEO of Cushman & Wakefield’s Corporate Occupier & Investor Services group, which…

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  • Vornado to Launch Urban Edge Shopping Center REIT Next Month
    In details released Monday, Vornado Realty Trust (NYSE: VNO) said it plans to begin trading in January of its 14.9 million-square-foot portfolio of 79 shopping centers, three malls and a warehouse park.

    The new publicly traded REIT to be called Urban Edge Properties will trade on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol UE. Vornado shareholders will receive on UE common share for every two Vornado common shares.

    According to the document…

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  • Allianz To Co-Invest up to $1 Bil. in US Real Estate with Manulife
    Allianz, a leading Germany-based insurance and asset management company, has arranged to co-invest up to $1 billion in U.S. real estate with Manulife Asset Management Private Markets, the private asset management arm of Manulife.

    As part of the co-invest, John Hancock Real Estate – the U.S. real estate unit of Manulife Asset Management Private Markets – will sell majority interests in two of its Class A office assets to Allianz: 1100 New York Ave…

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  • Apartment Construction Boom Slowing Rent Increases as Market Shifts Into Expansion Phase
    With construction on new apartments back in full swing and vacancy rates beginning to trend upward, the robust rent increases enjoyed previously by landlords in most U.S. metro areas are expected to decelerate to below 2% in 2015 as the multifamily market shifts from full recovery into an expansion phase.

    CoStar Group economists are forecasting that apartment vacancy rates will rise in 46 of the 54 top U.S. metros over the next four quarters due…

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  • In Another Huge Deal, Blackstone Sells Office Portfolio to Hudson Pacific for $3.5B
    Blackstone Group, which announced just last week it will sell its IndCor Properties Inc. warehouse platform for $8.1 billion, has agreed to the $3.5 billion sale of its Northern California office holdings, acquired from Equity Office Properties in the largest deal of the last real estate cycle.

    Los Angeles-based Hudson Pacific Properties (NYSE: HPP) announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire the EOP San Francisco Peninsula…

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  • DELAYED REACTION: Apartment Construction Boom to Impact Rents, Occupancy in 2015
    With construction on new apartments back in full swing and vacancy rates beginning to trend upward, the robust rent increases enjoyed previously by landlords in most U.S. metro areas are expected to decelerate to below 2% in 2015 as the multifamily market shifts from full recovery into an expansion phase.

    CoStar Group economists are forecasting that apartment vacancy rates will rise in 46 of the 54 top U.S. metros over the next four quarters due…

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  • Blackstone To Sell IndCor Properties to Sovereign Wealth Fund GIC for $8.1 Billion
    Funds affiliated with private equity giant The Blackstone Group have agreed to sell their wholly-owned U.S. industrial platform, IndCor Properties, to affiliates of GIC, Singapore’s sovereign wealth fund, for $8.1 billion.

    The decision means Blackstone chose an outright sale as its exit strategy for its industrial property portfolio rather than pursuing an initial public offering to spin off IndCor as a REIT, as it had begun to undertake just three…

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  • BGC Partners To Acquire Apartment Realty Advisors
    Expanding its reach into commercial real estate brokerage, BGC Partners Inc. has agreed to acquire Apartment Realty Advisors, one of the nation’s largest privately held, full-service investment brokerage network, focusing exclusively on the multi-housing industry.

    BGC will pay $110 million for ARA and its members, plus additional amounts if certain performance targets are met in future periods.

    After the closings, ARA is expected to generate…

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  • Miracle on 34th Street: Amazon Signs 470,000-SF Office Lease in Manhattan
    Amazon.com has signed a lease for 470,000 square feet of office space at 7 W. 34th Street in New York City – an early present for the team at Vornado Realty Trust (NYSE: VNO), which owns the building in addition to almost 9 million square feet of commercial space in Manhattan’s Penn Plaza / Garment submarket.

    The asset is again fully leased, with Amazon expected to take occupancy in early 2016 of the space vacated last year by The New York Gift…

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