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    GIC 'investing in $1.1b San Francisco tower'

    It is said to be part of group buying 48-storey building in financial district

    Published on Oct 25, 2012


    THE Government of Singapore Investment Corp (GIC) is reportedly investing in a high-end office tower in San Francisco valued at about US$900 million (S$1.1 billion).

    It is part of a group buying the 30-year-old building at 101 California Street, Bloomberg said yesterday, citing an unnamed source.

    The 48-storey, 1.2 million sq ft building in the city's financial district is owned by Nippon Life Insurance and its partner Hines.

    The sale of 101 California reflects the increased interest in US real estate by international sovereign funds, Real Capital Analytics managing director Dan Fasulo told Bloomberg.

    "101 California is the kind of trophy asset that every sovereign fund is looking for."

    Its tenants include Morgan Stanley and Deutsche Bank.

    GIC declined to comment on the report. It is a large real estate investor in the US, owning the Franklin Centre, a 60-storey skyscraper, for example.

    GIC is also in a bid to take over a group of bankrupt hotels owned by hedge fund Paulson and Co, including the Arizona Biltmore Resort and Spa in Phoenix and La Quinta Resort and Club in La Quinta, California.

    GIC had 10 per cent of its portfolio allocated to real estate for the year ended March 31, unchanged from the previous year, the fund said in its latest annual report.

    Investments in the US accounted for 33 per cent of its portfolio, also unchanged from last year.

    San Francisco has the best five-year outlook for rent growth of any US office market, real estate research firm Green Street Advisors said in a report last week.

    This is due to leasing demand from technology firms and strict regulations on new developments.

    Buildings in the city are estimated to reap an 11 per cent gain this year in revenue per available square foot, more than double the advances in Boston or San Jose, its closest rivals, Green Street said.

    "San Francisco is a key gateway market, so it is a natural draw for foreign real estate investors looking for US office exposure," said Green Street managing director Michael Knott.

    "What is different this cycle is tech prowess seems sustainable, whereas finance and government, which drive New York and Washington, DC and were rock stars the last go-around, are now open to more doubt and uncertainty."

    Institutional investors from Asia are looking to increase their direct investment in US property, Association of Foreign Investors in Real Estate chief executive Jim Fetgatter told Bloomberg.

    San Francisco was the fifth most popular investment location behind New York, London, Washington and Sao Paolo, said a 2012 survey of the group's members.

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    Overvalued .... Can buy a lot more distress property fire sales .. Hmmmm

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    Quote Originally Posted by smallant
    Overvalued .... Can buy a lot more distress property fire sales .. Hmmmm
    really?
    is US property at the bottom or top now?
    I took the road less traveled by, and that has made all the difference. - Robert Frost quotes (American poet, 1874-1963)

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    My friend was with GIC and had invested lots of commercial properties in Tokyo then. Very stressful job of preparing reports for LKY. Not sure if it is a positive investment.
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    GIC 'investing in $1.1b San Francisco tower'

    It is said to be part of group buying 48-storey building in financial district

    Published on Oct 25, 2012


    THE Government of Singapore Investment Corp (GIC) is reportedly investing in a high-end office tower in San Francisco valued at about US$900 million (S$1.1 billion).

    It is part of a group buying the 30-year-old building at 101 California Street, Bloomberg said yesterday, citing an unnamed source.

    The 48-storey, 1.2 million sq ft building in the city's financial district is owned by Nippon Life Insurance and its partner Hines.

    The sale of 101 California reflects the increased interest in US real estate by international sovereign funds, Real Capital Analytics managing director Dan Fasulo told Bloomberg.

    "101 California is the kind of trophy asset that every sovereign fund is looking for."

    Its tenants include Morgan Stanley and Deutsche Bank.

    GIC declined to comment on the report. It is a large real estate investor in the US, owning the Franklin Centre, a 60-storey skyscraper, for example.

    GIC is also in a bid to take over a group of bankrupt hotels owned by hedge fund Paulson and Co, including the Arizona Biltmore Resort and Spa in Phoenix and La Quinta Resort and Club in La Quinta, California.

    GIC had 10 per cent of its portfolio allocated to real estate for the year ended March 31, unchanged from the previous year, the fund said in its latest annual report.

    Investments in the US accounted for 33 per cent of its portfolio, also unchanged from last year.

    San Francisco has the best five-year outlook for rent growth of any US office market, real estate research firm Green Street Advisors said in a report last week.

    This is due to leasing demand from technology firms and strict regulations on new developments.

    Buildings in the city are estimated to reap an 11 per cent gain this year in revenue per available square foot, more than double the advances in Boston or San Jose, its closest rivals, Green Street said.

    "San Francisco is a key gateway market, so it is a natural draw for foreign real estate investors looking for US office exposure," said Green Street managing director Michael Knott.

    "What is different this cycle is tech prowess seems sustainable, whereas finance and government, which drive New York and Washington, DC and were rock stars the last go-around, are now open to more doubt and uncertainty."

    Institutional investors from Asia are looking to increase their direct investment in US property, Association of Foreign Investors in Real Estate chief executive Jim Fetgatter told Bloomberg.

    San Francisco was the fifth most popular investment location behind New York, London, Washington and Sao Paolo, said a 2012 survey of the group's members.

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    And Fragrance bought NOL Building.

    Hmm, which one is the smart money arh?

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    BTW they have sold around 2005/6 and bought it back and made a tidy sum. So it is not new to them.
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    And Fragrance bought NOL Building.

    Hmm, which one is the smart money arh?

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    Quote Originally Posted by DC33_2008
    BTW they have sold around 2005/6 and bought it back and made a tidy sum. So it is not new to them.
    Ah...NOL is the smart money

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    Quote Originally Posted by DC33_2008
    My friend was with GIC and had invested lots of commercial properties in Tokyo then. Very stressful job of preparing reports for LKY. Not sure if it is a positive investment.
    wa..

    those work in GIC is got good salary leh!
    I took the road less traveled by, and that has made all the difference. - Robert Frost quotes (American poet, 1874-1963)

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    Too stress and cannot stay for long. Dr seet is really good as he can endure so long there.
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    wa..

    those work in GIC is got good salary leh!

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    Quote Originally Posted by DC33_2008
    BTW they have sold around 2005/6 and bought it back and made a tidy sum. So it is not new to them.
    thought they sold it in 1998 for for $185 million that was Singapore's first asset-backed securitisation deal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DC33_2008
    Too stress and cannot stay for long. Dr seet is really good as he can endure so long there.
    sound very siong leh...

    i rather live simpler .. although $$ is attractive..
    I took the road less traveled by, and that has made all the difference. - Robert Frost quotes (American poet, 1874-1963)

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    A major earthquake in SF, kiss goodbye to the tower?

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