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COPT Adds Pratt Street High-Rise to Portfolio
Columbia, MD-based Corporate Office Properties Trust (NYSE: OFC) secured a significant local investment with its acquisition of 250 W. Pratt St. in downtown Baltimore from TIER REIT Inc. for $63.5 million, or about $172 per square foot. The 24-story...

CoStar's People of Note (Mar. 15 - 21)
It's time to update those contact managers with CoStar's People of Note, reporting news on significant new CRE hires and promotions. This week's issue includes the following markets: Los Angeles, Seattle, Richmond, Orange County, Philadelphia, San Antonio...

Mall Giant Simon Raises Bid In 'Final Offer' For Macerich
Simon Property Group, Inc. today raised its offer for Macerich Co. by nearly 5% to $95.50 per share in cash and stock in what the nation's largest REIT described as its "best and final" offer. Santa Monica-based Macerich (NYSE: MAC) on Tuesday rejected...

Long Overlooked, Suburban Office Attracting Increased Investor Interest
After taking its lumps well into the ongoing office market recovery, suburban office property is finally garnering increased investor interest. As recently as January 2013, after rounds of corporate downsizing during and after the recession sent suburban...

Big PE Players Among Most Active Buyers and Lenders for Commercial Property
Major private equity firms are increasingly pursuing a dual-track CRE investment strategy as they remain among the most aggressive buyers of commercial property and are also among the most active lenders in the market. American Realty Capital, Blackstone...

Cross Border Investors Casting Wider Net Beyond Core Properties, Markets
The cross-border flow of investment dollars into the U.S. commercial real estate appears to be gaining strength this year as foreign investors cast a wider net to cover markets outside the core gateway cities. Recent examples of overseas investors...

Hedge Fund Investor Urges MGM Resorts to Spin Off Lodging REIT
In a sign that Wall Street investors may once again be ready to place their bets on Las Vegas real estate, activist shareholder Land and Buildings is calling on Paradise, NV-based MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM) to split its land holdings and casino...

Chartwell Selling Entire U.S. Senior Housing Portfolio to Brookdale/HCP for $849 Million
Ontario-based Chartwell Retirement Residences said it is selling its entire U.S. senior housing portfolio consisting of 35 private-pay properties with a total of 5,025 units in eight states for $849 million. The current operator of the properties,...

Macerich Board Rejects Rival's Hostile Takeover Bid
The Macerich Co. (NYSE: MAC) on Tuesday rejected the unsolicited $16 billion takeover proposal from Simon Property Group (NYSE: SPG) claiming it significantly undervalues the shopping center REIT. The Santa Monica, CA-based mall REIT also took several...

Blackstone Confirms Deal to Buy Chicago's Willis Tower
Blackstone, the private equity giant that has made fortunes investing in real estate, confirmed reports that it has struck a deal to acquire the 110-story Willis Tower in downtown Chicago from the landmark building's ownership group. Under a definitive...

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