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Living Like the Ancestors

Some homeowners are spending big on restorations of historical homes—dining by candlelight and a 110-year-old toilet. read more

Silverstein Seeks New Debt Deal for WTC Complex

Larry Silverstein, the 82-year-old developer who has played a major role in rebuilding the World Trade Center complex, is trying to wrangle better financing from government agencies to restart work on a $2.3 billion office tower on the New York site, according to people familiar with the matter. read more

Residential Reigns

Total construction spending rose 5.3% in December compared with a year earlier to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $930.5 billion. read more

Plots & Ploys

San Francisco startup RealtyShares, which operates one of the new crowdfunding marketplaces on the Internet, will become one of the first real-estate investment platforms to accept bitcoin. read more

Irish REITs Gain Interest

Private-equity firms dominated the buying of distressed commercial property in Ireland in the past year, but other investors can now participate in the market since the creation in 2013 of the country’s first real-estate investment trusts. read more

Brookfield Bets Big on China

Despite fears that China may have a glut of office space, Toronto-based real-estate firm Brookfield Asset Management is betting big on the country, with plans to aggressively expand its portfolio of commercial space. read more

He Built it; They Came

Many real-estate experts were skeptical in 2011 when developer Edward J. Minskoff broke ground on an office tower in the East Village. They cited the weakness of the city’s economy, Mr. Minskoff’s lack of preleasing and the high rents he planned to ask in an area known more for funky music than modern office space. read more