Winthrop Realty Trust Originates $40 Million Mortgage Loan; Acquires Multi-Family Property in Greensboro, North Carolina; and

Winthrop Realty Trust Originates $40 Million Mortgage Loan; Acquires
Multi-Family Property in Greensboro, North Carolina; and Expands Vintage
Housing Portfolio

BOSTON, Nov. 15, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Winthrop Realty Trust (NYSE:FUR)
announced today that it has originated a $40 million first mortgage loan
secured by 67 luxury condominium units at Queensridge Towers in Las Vegas,
Nevada. The Queensridge loan requires monthly payments of interest only at a
rate of LIBOR plus 11.5%, with a 0.50% LIBOR floor, and matures on November
15, 2014, subject one twelve month extension.

Simultaneously with the origination of the Queensridge loan, Winthrop obtained
a $25 million loan from KeyBank National Association which is secured by the
Queensridge loan. The KeyBank loan is co-terminus with the Queensridge loan
and requires monthly payments of interest only at a rate of LIBOR plus 4.0%.
The KeyBank loan is recourse to Winthrop and its wholly-owned operating
partnership, WRT Realty L.P.

Winthrop also recently acquired a 284 unit multi-family property for an
aggregate purchase price of $17.5 million. The property, which is located in
Greensboro, North Carolina, is presently 96% occupied. In connection with this
acquisition, Winthrop assumed the existing $13.6 million non-recourse mortgage
loan which bears interest at 6.22% per annum, matures on August 1, 2016 and
requires payments of interest only.

In addition, Winthrop and its joint venture partner in the Vintage Housing
venture have entered into agreement to develop a low-income housing tax-credit
apartment community to be located in Snohomish County, Washington.This is the
venture's fifth acquisition/project since its initial investment in the
Vintage Housing portfolio.Upon completion, the project will be comprised of
204 units increasing the number of properties in the Vintage Housing venture
to 30 properties containing a total of 5,485 units.

About Winthrop Realty Trust

Winthrop Realty Trust, headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts, is a
NYSE-listed real estate investment trust (REIT) focused on acquiring, owning,
operating and investing in real property as well as real estate financial
instruments including CMBS, bonds, REIT preferred and common stock. For more
information, please visit our web-site at www.winthropreit.com.

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CONTACT: Beverly Bergman
         Investor or Media Inquiries
         Phone: (617) 570-4614; e-mail: bbergman@firstwinthrop.com
 
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