U.S. housing starts increase; permits hit 12-1/2-year high

Reuters | December 17, 2019

U.S. homebuilding increased more than expected in November and permits for future home construction surged to a 12-1/2-year high as lower mortgage rates continue to boost the housing market and support the broader economy. The report from the Commerce Department on Tuesday also showed the stock of homes under construction last month was the highest since 2007, which could help to loosen a supply squeeze that has stalked the housing market. Though housing accounts for a only fraction of gross domestic product, it has a bigger economic footprint. The continued strength in housing activity suggested the economy remains on a moderate growth path despite slowing consumer spending and a weak manufacturing sector.

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Tishman Speyer and Mitsui Fudosan America (MFA) today announced the formation of a new programmatic joint venture dedicated to the acquisition, development, redevelopment and operation of industrial properties in leading U.S. cities. The newly-created Tishman Speyer-Mitsui Fudosan America Logistics Venture will be seeded by an initial $500 million commitment from an affiliate of MFA along with co-investment capital from Tishman Speyer. The funds will be used to pursue ground-up development projects and the major repositioning or redevelopment of existing value-add industrial acquisitions. The joint venture will prioritize ESG investments that adhere to the standards and specifications set forth by market leading environmental certifications such as LEED and GRESB. The partnership will focus primarily on major urban centers with dynamic workforces, growing populations and high barriers to entry such as Los Angeles, the New York Metro region, the Puget Sound region, San Francisco Bay Area, Austin, San Diego, Washington D.C., Boston and Chicago. Tishman Speyer will execute its industrial strategy through its long-established in-house teams within its target markets. Tishman Speyer will invest in a wide range of industrial assets that facilitate the movement and delivery of goods and services in those high barrier locations, including distribution, warehousing, research and development, small bay, transload and outdoor storage. "The evolving needs of today's consumer have generated strong demand for well-located, functional industrial properties. This is especially true in the most supply-constrained urban centers. 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Tishman Speyer launched its industrial platform in December 2021 with the acquisition of two distribution centers in Pittsburgh and Colorado Springs. In 2022, the firm tapped industry veteran Andy Burke to serve as Managing Director and Head of Industrial. Burke previously held leadership roles at AMB Property Corporation (now Prologis) and most recently at Terreno Realty Corporation, where he was part of the management team that established its platform and took the company public in 2010. Mitsui Fudosan America's commitment to this new joint venture will accelerate our industrial platform's expansion from core and core-plus assets to include value-add, development and redevelopment opportunities, said Tishman Speyer Senior Managing Director Paul Galiano, who serves as Co-Head of U.S. Acquisitions and Global Capital Markets. Added Burke, The servicing requirements that come with an ever-expanding omnichannel experience are constantly creating dynamic demands on the supply chain. 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Kimco Realty | November 14, 2022

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