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U.S. property barons yield to specialists

NEW YORK Real estate magnate Sam Zell likes to say that 30 or 40 years ago, a group of about 75 men who controlled most U.S. commercial real estate did it all. Since then, commercial real estate has gone from the backroom boys to the specialists as every aspect of the sector's sales, finance and management has become more expensive and complex. | Video

Sovereign property investors rich but realistic

LONDON Sovereign wealth funds have ramped up their surveillance of European property but will not be hurried into spending and their long-term impact on the sector is unpredictable, however many billions they have earmarked to invest.

ING Real Estate ups UK but sees U.S. sell-off

LONDON ING Real Estate, the world's biggest real estate fund firm, has begun buying back into UK property because it looks cheap but has cut U.S. exposure as it sees prices falling further, a senior executive told Reuters.

Buy, sell or bubble: Real estate execs weigh in

NEW YORK Real estate executives and investors from around the world met with Reuters reporters and editors this week at the Reuters Global Real Estate Summit, held in New York, London, Moscow, Dubai and Singapore.

Fund giants track property swaps, REITs wary

LONDON Some of the world's biggest property fund firms could eventually be tempted to trade property derivatives in a material way as long as the young market continues growing.

Asia, Mideast to unleash "go west" property drive

SINGAPORE/SEOUL A wave of capital from the Middle East and Asia could be on its way into ailing U.S. and European property markets, as a weak dollar and falling asset prices lure sovereign wealth funds and institutional investors. | Video

Global real estate to stay a wild ride: Pralle

NEW YORK For commercial real estate investors, Brazil is a dream and Spain is a nightmare, Michael Pralle, president of real estate private equity firm J.E. Robert Cos, said on Wednesday. | Video

Residential land cheap enough to buy

NEW YORK The United States housing slump, entering its second year, has rendered residential land prices irresistibly cheap, the president of J.E. Robert Companies, a real estate private equity firm, said on Wednesday. | Video

Building costs a headache for developers

LONDON/SINGAPORE Soaring construction costs are squeezing the profits of property developers around the world but that could be good news for real estate investors if it helps to rein-in the supply of new buildings as occupier demand wilts.

Russia's AFI on prowl for credit crisis victims

MOSCOW The head of one of Russia's richest real estate empires, AFI Development , can't wait for the autumn: Then, he says, the global credit crisis will fell his competitors and he will snap them up.

Dubai's Union Properties in JV talks with government

DUBAI Dubai-listed Union Properties is in talks with the government over a joint venture to be announced soon and plans to double its land holdings in Dubai over the next two years.

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