Lennar, Morgan Stanley in real estate deal

Troubled homebuilder sells property portfolio for $525 million to new investment venture owned mostly by the Wall Street bank.

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LONDON (CNNMoney.com) -- Homebuilder Lennar Corp. has sold a property portfolio to a new venture mostly owned by an affiliate of Wall Street bank Morgan Stanley for $525 million.

Lennar (Charts, Fortune 500) said late Friday it had formed an investment venture with the real estate arm of Morgan Stanley (Charts, Fortune 500) to buy, develop and sell residential property.

As part of the deal, Lennar sold the entity about 11,000 home sites. The properties had a book value of about $1.3 billion as of Sept. 30 and are located in 32 communities across the country.

Lennar owns a 20 percent stake in the new investment venture. It also will receive fees for managing its operations. To top of page

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