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Transaction expected to be completed by end of 2016.
Brookfield increases offer to $18.25 per share from $17.00 per share.
Analysts see significant acquisition opportunities.
Analysts see a shift toward defensive REIT sectors.
Brookfield already owns about 33 percent stake in Rouse.
REITs outperformed S&P 500 in 2015, setting the stage for this year.
Inland’s JoAnn McGuinness sees high occupancy levels through 2017.
PATH Act enacts significant FIRPTA reforms.
FIRPTA exemption doubled to 10 percent; foreign pension plans no longer subject to FIRPTA.
Inland will become privately held REIT.