Friedkin Realty Group has paid $71.75 million, or roughly $206,178/unit, for Meridian at Bowie, a 348-unit apartment property in the Washington, D.C., suburb of Bowie, Md. The San Francisco company acquired the property from Brookfield Asset Management in a deal arranged by CBRE.
A venture of CBRE Global Investment Partners and JBG Cos. has struck a deal to buy Trilogy NoMA, a 603-unit apartment property in the North of Massachusetts Avenue submarket of Washington, D.C. It is acquiring the property, at 151 Q St. NE, from a venture of Berkshire Property Advisors and Mill Creek Residential Trust.
Equity Commonwealth is looking to sell between $2 billion and $3 billion of properties in the coming three years as part of a broad portfolio repositioning. It's got 17 properties, including its Australian holdings, on the sales block and has put Philadelphia's One Franklin Plaza on the market once again.
HighBrook Investment Management has raised about $245 million of equity commitments for its second commercial property investment fund. The vehicle, which with leverage would have more than $600 million of investment capacity, pursues investments in office properties, particularly in secondary markets.
General Growth Properties Inc. has agreed to sell a 25 percent stake in the Ala Moana Center in Honolulu to AustralianSuper for $1.4 billion, valuing the property, which includes retail and office space, at a whopping $5.5 billion, or $2,500/sf. That valuation compares with the $2.7 billion value pegged just three years ago on the property, which is undergoing a substantial expansion.
Forest City Enterprises Inc. is looking to sell a number of properties as it continues to re-focus its portfolio. The properties that the Cleveland company would be offering include the Illinois Science and Technology Park, a life-sciences project in Skokie, Ill. It's also considering selling a portfolio of 33 apartment properties and four office properties.
David Werner has struck a deal to pay roughly $160 million, or $248.06/sf, for Charlotte Plaza, a 645,000-square-foot office building at 201 South College St. in downtown Charlotte, N.C. The New York investor is buying the property from Hines Sumisei U.S. Core Office Fund.
LNR Partners has put on the sales market a $94.2 million nonperforming loan against a portfolio of 38 office properties leased primarily to government agencies. The Miami special servicer has hired Eastdil Secured to market the loan, which is among the largest in the collateral pool of LB-UBS Commercial Mortgage Trust, 2006-C7.
Blackstone Group is in the market to raise up to $15 billion for what would be the largest ever real estate investment fund, topping its $13.3 billion predecessor. So far, it's lined up equity commitments from the Ohio Police & Fire Pension Fund and the Maine Public Employees' Retirement System, among others.
Landesbank Baden-Wurttemberg has provided $278 million of fixed-rate financing against America's Square, a 461,484-square-foot office property in the Capitol Hill submarket of Washington, D.C., that was recently purchased by Jamestown Properties for $496.9 million, or $1,077/sf.
West Coast Port Slowdown and Industrial REITs After nine months of labor negotiations and worsening cargo congestion at West Coast Ports, U.S. Labor Secretary Thomas Perez stepped in this week to help broker a deal between the union and shippers. The work slowdown is affecting the nation’s supply chain. Honda has reported a production slowdown because of parts....
New REITs Increase Investor Choices in 2015 Three REIT IPOs in as many weeks could indicate a strong year ahead for new REIT formation. Robust REIT returns during 2014 created momentum for IPO activity. In addition, the market’s favorable reception of the widely-watched Paramount REIT (PGRE) and STORE Capital (STOR) IPOs in late 2014 has encouraged companies to....
REITs Start 2015 Strong One month in to 2015, REITs continue to outperform the broader markets. During January, the FTSE NAREIT All REIT Index total return measured 5.59 percent, compared to -3.00 percent for the S&P 500, -3.69 percent for the DJIA, and -2.13 percent for the NASDAQ. REITs are attractive to investors for a...