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  • American Realty Capital Properties is continuing to face heat following yesterday’s bombshell announcement that it had knowingly released inaccurate financial statements overstating its funds from operations and understated its net loss.

  • Federal complaint database ranks Ocwen third for mortgage-related grievances.

  • Mortgage company Freddie Mac said Thursday the nationwide average for a 30-year mortgage rose to 3.98% from 3.92% last week.

  • Veteran personal finance journalist Robert Powell answers your questions for USA WEEKEND.

  • New York Times' net loss narrows but advertising sales fall.

  • U.S. economic growth in April through September was strongest since 2003.

  • JLL’s Margaret Caldwell says that B and C malls on the market are gaining investor interest, as they bring higher returns and offer a repositioning opportunity.

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  • The recent news from Sears regarding more store closings, layoffs, leasing agreements with other retailers and capital raising efforts is a sign that the end is near for the troubled retailer, according to several industry experts.

  • A pack of non-traded REITs that have recently hired financial advisors to leave their non-traded status behind and test the market for potential buyers, merger partners, or pursuing a public stock exchange listing. Hilco Real Estate has sold its private real estate mortgage lending company, Hilco Real Estate Finance, to the Garrison Investment Group for an undisclosed amount. Ohio Public Employees Retirement System has allocated $75m to FCA Partners to invest in retail property.

  • Revenue and profit, excluding one-time litigation charges, came in better than expected.

  • You may think your job's a nightmare, but however bad it may be, it's nothing compared to the experience of people who work in haunted office buildings. Upset by renovations or even too much or not enough employee turnover, ghosts have been reported at office buildings throughout the country. Just in time for Halloween, here are 13 of them.

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  • Suburban office markets have lately received a bad rap, but some supporters say that outside markets are now the places to find the best deals and locate new satellite offices.

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  • It’s a banner year for foreign investment as offshore capital is on track to pour $50 billion into U.S. commercial real estate by the end of 2014.

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  • High real estate values and low interest rates for all types of real estate financing—especially in the core real estate markets the global real estate investors favor—continues to push returns on investment lower.

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  • American Realty Capital Properties Inc. admitted that annual and quarterly reports for the 2013 fiscal year and 2014 through June 30 “should no longer be relied upon.” It also replaced its CFO and chief accounting officer. REITs year-to-date have raised $51.09 billion—a bit behind last year’s figure as of the same date of $55.53 billion. JPMorgan Chase has dropped its plans to build a $6.5 billion headquarters in New York City.

  • General Growth Properties. and Ashkenazy Acquisition are paying $280 million for a 20% stake in the company that owns much of this city’s Design District, betting on the emerging luxury-retail neighborhood as some 50 brands prepare to open new stores.

  • E-commerce in the United States is growing faster than traditional retail sales, but less appreciated is that the trend is pushing up demand for physical space.

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  • For the first time in history, a D.C. office building has sold for more than a grand a square foot. Blackstone Group LP, the world's largest private equity investor in real estate, is preparing to seek around $13 billion for its next flagship global real estate fund. Private real estate returned 2.63% in the third quarter, as measured by the National Council of Real Estate Investment Fiduciaries Property index.

  • Many commercial real estate companies are putting diversity at the forefront of their business goals and holding leadership accountable for making diversity and inclusion a strategic objective. Even with this increased focus, our progress is slow.

  • New International Property Measurement Standards (IPMS) will be unveiled next month that are aimed at bringing greater consistency and transparency to the global commercial real estate investment market.

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  • Tourism is expected to generate 25 percent of One World Trade Center's revenues, The Real Deal reports. Corporate America has begun to spend again for the first time since the recession, The Financial Times reveals. As the holiday retail season approaches, the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach are suffering delays, according to Bloomberg. And a joint venture of American Real Estate Partners and Investcorp has acquired Canal Center, a four-building, 540,000-sq.-ft. Class-A office complex in the D.C.

  • Denihan Hospitality Group is focusing on expansion as it rides the strong hotel market in New York and looks to a new generation of the Denihan family.

  • Advocates of affordable housing and for design innovation cheered in 2011 when Forest City Ratner unveiled plans to push “modular” construction techniques with a Brooklyn apartment tower. But now Forest City and construction company Skanska USA are suing each other over B2 BKLYN.

  • Landlords and tenants in San Francisco are battling in court over an ordinance that would sharply boost the size of payments to those evicted from rent-controlled apartments.

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  • Amazon’s announcement of opening up a store on 34th Street in New York City will be one of the most carefully watched stories in retail. No word yet on the size of the store, or more importantly, its purpose. What will happen in an Amazon store?

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  • Houston and Austin have displaced San Francisco as the most attractive markets for real estate investment, reports Bloomberg. Asian buyers are picking up U.S. multifamily properties at a record-breaking pace, according to World Property Channel. Larry Silverstein plans to sell $1.6 in tax-exempt bonds to finance the construction of 3 World Trade Center, reveals The Real Deal.

  • Open spaces in urban areas not only improve communities but can add billions of dollars to adjacent commercial real estate properties, agreed panelists at the Urban Land Institute’s (ULI) Fall Meeting, being held this week at the Javits Convention Center in New York City. Two recent examples are New York’s Bryant Park and Dallas’s Klyde Warren Park.

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  • Some lenders bypass tightened mortgage rules when dealing with wealthy clients who, on paper, don’t meet government standards.

  • The bestselling author recalls her suburban childhood in a development called Storybook development and the house she and her husband built in Hanover, N.H.

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