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Blackstone Buys Six-Property TA Realty Multifamily Portfolio for $430M

BOSTON — Blackstone Real Estate Income Trust has purchased a six-property multifamily portfolio that spans four states for $430 million. The assets contain a total of 2,514 units. TA Realty LLC sold the portfolio on behalf of its Realty Associates Fund IX. The assets are situated in high-barrier-to-entry markets such as Dallas, Chicago and Orlando, supported by favorable demographic trends and positive economic indicators, according to TA Realty. Although the specific properties were..

April 19, 2017

Teen Retailer rue21 to Close 400 Stores, Focus on Online Sales

WARRENDALE, PA. — Teen clothing retailer rue21 is set to close about one-third of its stores nationwide as it shifts its focus to e-commerce. The privately held company will shutter 400 stores, according to reports by The Associated Press, leaving more than 700 rue21 locations in 48 states. The retailer confirmed upcoming closures in a Facebook post, stating that “it was a difficult but necessary decision.” A spokeswoman for rue21 recently alluded to the retailer’s unfavorable..

April 18, 2017

Growth of U.S. Office Market Continues to ‘Disappoint,’ Says Reis

One measurement of the health of the U.S. office sector stood out in the first quarter of this year. Net absorption totaled 4.9 million square feet, down from an average of 9.4 million square feet per quarter in 2016 and the lowest since 2014. In short, growth in the office sector “continued to disappoint,” according to Reis. The New York City-based real estate research firm, which tracks 82 markets nationally, recently released its analysis of the property sector’s vital signs in the..

April 18, 2017

TriGate Capital Acquires 410,121 SF Retail Center in Metro Houston

SUGAR LAND, TEXAS — TriGate Capital, a Dallas-based real estate private equity firm, has purchased First Colony Commons, a 410,121-square-foot retail center in the Houston suburb of Sugar Land. Covington Realty Partners, a Chicago-based investment firm that specializes in Class A assets in primary markets, sold the property. HFF arranged the $38.2 million in acquisition financing for the property and represented both parties in the sales transaction. Nexbank SSB provided the..

April 17, 2017

Starwood Capital Group to Acquire Forestar Group for $605M

GREENWICH, CONN. — Starwood Capital Group has agreed to acquire Forestar Group Inc., a residential and mixed-use real estate development company, for $605 million. Starwood will acquire all of the outstanding shares of Forestar’s common stock for $14.25 per share in cash. The Forestar Board of Directors has unanimously approved the merger agreement and has recommended approval of the merger by Forestar’s stockholders. The transaction is expected to close in the third quarter of..

April 14, 2017

Shorenstein Properties Sells 741,200 SF Center Plaza in Boston for $365M

BOSTON — After more than three years of ownership, Shorenstein Properties has sold Center Plaza, a 741,200-square-foot mixed-use asset in downtown Boston. Synergy Investments, a Boston-based real estate owner and investor, and GreenOak, an international real estate investment and lending firm, have jointly purchased Center Plaza for $365 million. Developed by Beacon Capital in phases in the late 1960s and early 1970s, Center Plaza consists of three interconnected, nine-story buildings..

April 13, 2017

Apartment Locators, Property Managers in Houston Cash In On Rent Slump, Say InterFace Panelists

HOUSTON — While it’s not an ideal time to be a multifamily property owner in Houston, it is a good time to be working on behalf of one. With their clients sitting on excess supply, apartment locators — middlemen who match tenant preferences to properties — are being increasingly called upon to deliver tenants. Locators work on commission, typically earning about 20 percent of the first month’s rent for their services. But in Houston’s soft market, that figure is rapidly..

April 13, 2017

TF Cornerstone Secures $325M Refinancing for Carnegie Hall Tower in Manhattan

NEW YORK CITY — TF Cornerstone has secured a $325 million refinancing for Carnegie Hall Tower, a 555,000-square-foot, trophy office property on Manhattan’s “Billionaire’s Row.” The 60-story building is located at 152 W. 57th Street. Carnegie Hall Tower opened in 1991 and was designed by Cesar Pelli. The building features a vaulted entrance and a through-block grand lobby adorned with Italian marble, brass and hardwood accents similar to its landmark neighbor, Carnegie Music Hall...

April 12, 2017

Reis: Despite Bankruptcies, Retail Vacancy Holds Steady, Rents Increase

NEW YORK CITY — Despite a rash of bankruptcies and store closures by major retailers during the first quarter of 2017, the U.S. retail market overall is quite healthy, according to a report by Reis, a New York-based commercial real estate analytics firm. To gather its data, Reis tracked multi-tenant neighborhood and community shopping centers of 10,000 square feet or larger in 77 primary metro areas throughout the United States. Last week, Payless ShoeSource became the 10th retailer to..

April 12, 2017

Care Capital Properties to Acquire Six Behavioral Health Hospitals for $400M

CHICAGO — Care Capital Properties Inc. (NYSE: CCP) has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire six behavioral health hospitals in a sale-leaseback transaction for $400 million. The six-property portfolio contains a total of 712 beds in California, Arizona and Illinois. The hospitals primarily provide acute inpatient and outpatient psychiatric care, addiction services, geriatric psychiatric care and child and adolescent psychiatric care. Signature Healthcare Services LLC, one of..

April 11, 2017