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May 23, 2012 at 12:00 AM EDT

Winthrop Realty Trust Acquires Matured Mortgage Loan

BOSTON, May 23, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Winthrop Realty Trust (NYSE:FUR) announced today that it has acquired a first mortgage loan secured by a 326,000 square foot commercial building located in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida containing approximately 47,000 square feet of retail and 279,000 square feet of office space that is currently 74.4% leased. The loan, which is currently in maturity default, has an outstanding balance, inclusive of interest, default interest and late charges, of approximately $44.9 million and was acquired for approximately $42.8 million.

About Winthrop Realty Trust

Winthrop Realty Trust is a NYSE-listed real estate investment trust (REIT) headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts. Additional information on Winthrop Realty Trust is available on its Web site at

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         Beverly Bergman

         Investor or Media Inquiries

         Phone: (617) 570-4614