Brookfield Acquires Quality Portfolio of Apartment Communities

Brookfield Acquires Quality Portfolio of Apartment Communities 
NEW YORK, NEW YORK -- (Marketwire) -- 02/11/13 -- Brookfield Asset
Management Inc. (TSX:BAM.A)(NYSE:BAM)(EURONEXT:BAMA) today announced
the acquisition of portfolio of 19 apartment communities with 4,892
units located in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia for a
total of $414 million from Babcock & Brown Residential.  
This high quality portfolio is concentrated in the Charlotte and
Raleigh-Durham sub-markets where strong economic and population
growth is expected to yield superior occupancy rates and rental
increases. The average occupancy of the portfolio is 92%. The
portfolio is currently financed with individual non-recourse first
mortgage loans which have been assumed as part of the transaction.  
Fairfield Residential, an affiliate of Brookfield, has an existing
geographic footprint in these same markets and will manage the assets
in the portfolio. Brookfield intends to invest an additional $30
million to maximize value in the portfolio by selectively upgrading
and repositioning assets to increase rents and return on investment.
This transaction will bring Brookfield's growing multifamily
portfolio to approximately 20,000 units throughout the United States. 
"The acquisition of this attractive portfolio adds to Brookfield's
significant multi-family platform and positions us for continued
growth in this property sector," said David Arthur, managing partner
at Brookfield Asset Management. 
Babcock & Brown was advised by Robert W. Baird & Co. 
Brookfield Asset Management Inc. is a global alternative asset
manager with approximately $150 billion in assets under management.
The company has over a 100-year history of owning and operating
assets with a focus on property, renewable power, infrastructure and
private equity. Brookfield has a range of public and private
investment products and services, which leverage our expertise and
experience and provide us with a competitive advantage in the markets
where we operate. Brookfield is co-listed on the New York and Toronto
Stock Exchanges under the symbol BAM and BAM.A, respectively, and on
NYSE Euronext under the symbol BAMA. For more information, please
visit our website at 
Fairfield Residential is among 
the most experienced multifamily real
estate operating companies in the United States and provides
acquisitions, entitlement, development, construction, redevelopment,
property and asset management, and disposition services to its joint
venture partners and affiliates, and to third parties. Fairfield is
active in 40 geographically diverse markets and currently manages
approximately 50,000 apartment homes across the U.S. Fairfield has
developed and acquired $20 billion of real estate assets and has sold
more than $13.0 billion in multifamily investments.  
For more information, please visit our web site at 
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and refinancing within these markets; the risk that Verde will not be
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Brookfield Asset Management Inc.
Andrew Willis
SVP, Communications & Media
(416) 369-8236
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Brookfield Asset Management Inc.
Katherine Vyse
SVP, Investor Relations
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