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CBRE Arranges $142M Sale of Duke University Medical Office Building in North Carolina

DURHAM, N.C. — CBRE has arranged the sale of Hock Plaza, a 327,160-square-foot medical and educational office building in Durham. Harrison Street Real Estate Capital LLC acquired the 12-story building from Hines. The sales price was $142 million, according to the Triangle Business Journal. Constructed in 2004, Hock Plaza is situated on more than 2.5 acres at 2424 Erwin Road, adjacent to Duke University Hospital. The building is home to 34 different Duke University medical institutes,..

January 19, 2018

Amazon Narrows Down List of Candidates for $5B HQ2 to 20 Metros

SEATTLE — Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) has chosen the following 20 metropolitan areas (in alphabetical order) as potential locations for HQ2, the company’s planned $5 billion second headquarters in North America: - Atlanta - Austin, Texas - Boston - Chicago - Columbus, Ohio - Dallas - Denver - Indianapolis - Los Angeles - Miami - Montgomery County, Md. - Nashville, Tenn. - Newark, N.J. - New York City - Northern Virginia - Philadelphia - Pittsburgh - Raleigh, N.C. -..

January 18, 2018

Retail Bankruptcies Take Toll on CMBS Lenders, Says Trepp

In 2017 alone, over $35 billion in CMBS loans were exposed to risk of default by retailers declaring bankruptcy, according to New York City-based Trepp LLC, which monitors the performance of securitized commercial mortgages. The loans were largely backed by mall properties that had leased space to retailers, many of which are now closing stores. “In the first 11 months of 2017 alone, more than 30 U.S. retailers filed for bankruptcy protection. That news certainly made those in structured..

January 18, 2018

Hillwood Buys Four Industrial Assets Totaling 1.1 MSF in Indianapolis

INDIANAPOLIS — Hillwood has purchased a four-property industrial portfolio in Indianapolis that contains a total of 1.1 million square feet. The purchase price was not disclosed. The Class A portfolio contains the 448,305-square-foot Airwest 12 and the 476,225-square-foot Airwest 14 at 2301 and 2201 Reeves Road (respectively) in Plainfield, as well as the Company Drive Commerce Center in Indianapolis. The Company Drive Commerce Center comprises two buildings featuring 60,480 square feet..

January 17, 2018

AXA, Stewart Investment Acquire 210,000 SF Office Tower in D.C. for $165M

WASHINGTON, D.C. — A joint venture between Paris-based AXA Investment Managers – Real Assets and Stewart Investment Partners has acquired 1401 New York Avenue NW, a 210,000-square-foot office property located in Washington, D.C.’s East End, for $165 million. AXA holds the majority interest in the partnership. The sellers, Heitman and Minshall Stewart Properties, originally acquired the property in December 2013 from Lone Star Funds for $95 million. Stewart Investment Partners is a..

January 16, 2018

M&M: New Tax Law ‘Holds Favorable Prospects’ for Commercial Real Estate

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act — signed into law by President Trump at the end of 2017 — should be a net positive for the commercial real estate industry, according to a special report by Marcus & Millichap. By adding business-friendly provisions and reducing uncertainty, the new law “holds favorable prospects for commercial real estate,” the report states, with “potential to boost space demand and capital flows.” Among the business-positive results are minimal changes to the..

January 16, 2018

Camden Property Trust Acquires 358-Unit Apartment Community Near Tampa for $127M

ST. PETERSBURG, FLA. — Camden Property Trust (NYSE: CPT), a Houston-based multifamily REIT, has acquired Camden Pier District, a 358-unit apartment community in the Tampa suburb of St. Petersburg, for $127 million. The sales price, which equates to about $354,745 per unit, makes this transaction the largest apartment deal in the history of the Tampa Bay area on a per-unit basis, according to the Tampa Bay Times. “We believe the purchase price of this premier asset is 5 to 10 percent..

January 15, 2018

Sam’s Club to Shutter 63 Stores, Convert 12 to E-Commerce Facilities

BENTONVILLE, ARK. — Sam’s Club, a division of Wal-Mart Stores Inc. (NYSE: WMT), has announced that it will close 63 club locations across the country. The company will convert up to 12 of the impacted clubs into e-commerce fulfillment centers in efforts to speed delivery of online orders. In addition, the company’s legal name will become Walmart Inc. effective Feb. 1 to reflect its growing status as an omnichannel retailer. Sam’s Club is a retailer that offers wholesale sizes and..

January 12, 2018

Strategic Capital Partners, Rubenstein Partners Acquire 1.1 MSF Office Park in Indianapolis for $132.7M

INDIANAPOLIS — A partnership between two investment firms, Indianapolis-based Strategic Capital Partners (SCP) and Philadelphia-based Rubenstein Partners LP, has acquired The Precedent Office Park, a 1.1 million-square-foot, Class A office complex in Indianapolis, for $132.7 million. Chicago-based LaSalle Investment Management was the seller. The property is situated on 184 acres at the intersection of Keystone Avenue and East 96th Street, just off Interstate 465 on the city’s north..

January 11, 2018

Reis: Apartment Market Continues to Face Pressure From Added Supply

NEW YORK — Over the course of 2017, asking rents for the national apartment market increased 3.9 percent while effective rents grew by 3.3 percent, according to a fourth-quarter preliminary trends release from Reis Inc. Although still representing rent growth, these rates reflect a deceleration in apartment market fundamentals compared to recent years. This deceleration is due in part to the large amount of new supply coming online. A total of 43,769 units were completed in the fourth..

January 11, 2018