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Private equity firms are loving them some commercial real estate as funds ended Q3 with $244B of dry powder ready for investments in the industry, Preqin data says. Additionally, private institutional investors are still raising money to bankroll investments in core product in core market—i.e. pricier assets—with 52% of funds focused on North America. “The easy money has clearly been made and pricing is very aggressive,” Vornado CEO Steven Roth says. Vornado holds $555M in property investments and is now focusing on building up its cash reserves from $1B to $2B by the end of the year. Among other funds to keep an eye on, Blackstone Real Estate Partners VIII closed last quarter after raising $15.8B, making it the largest commercial real estate PE fund ever. [CoStar]
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