Commercial Real Estate's Uneven Rebound

Commercial real estate deals can be found around the U.S., but only a handful of markets interest big investors

In October, an investment group that included Blackstone Group (BX), Paulson & Co., and Centerbridge Partners purchased Extended Stay, a bankrupt U.S. hotel owner, for more than $3.9 billion, less than half what previous owner Lightstone Group paid for it at the peak of the real estate boom in 2007. While it is the biggest commercial real estate sale so far this year, according to CoStar Group (CSGP), a Washington (D.C.) real estate information and analytics company, it is also a reflection of the current U.S. commercial property market: distressed assets and struggling owners selling at a loss to investors with plenty of cash who can afford to wait for the economy to rebound.

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