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Top Investor Whitney Tilson’s Latest Real Estate Plays

He made a pretty penny shorting real estate ahead of the housing bubble. Find out where top investor Whitney Tilson of T2 Partners sees opportunity in real estate, now!

In a live interview on CNBC’s Fast Money Tilson presents the desk with two trading ideas.

Long Howard Hughes

On the bullish side, Tilson is very enthusiastic about Howard Hughes Corp. “It’s a collection of more than 30 assets that were part of General Growth Properties,” he says.

”We think there’s a lot of potential to develop many of these properties. We’re not quite sure what it’s worth on the upside but we don’t think there’s much downside."

And he adds top hedge fund manager Bill Ackman is the chairman, which makes him confident that management is aligned with shareholder interest.

Short St. Joe

Meanwhile on the bearish side, Tilson doesn’t like St. Joe.

“We are short St. Joe. It’s our largest short position,” Tilson says. “We think David Einhorn’s thesis is correct and the stock is worth a half to a third it’s current price.”

As you may remember David Einhorn made headlines last year with his negative thesis on St. Joe and his criticism of St. Joe’s largest investor, Bruce Berkowitz.

Tilson tells Fast Money he’s done additional research and has found even more reasons to be bearish.”If you go visit these developments many of them are literally ghost towns. Information we’re presenting shows the sale prices of lots and homes are being done at 10 or 20% of the peak valuation. St. Joe hasn’t taken any impairment on these assets and we think they’re going to have to.”

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Trader disclosure: On May 4, 2011, the following stocks and commodities mentioned or intended to be mentioned on CNBC’s "Fast Money" were owned by the "Fast Money" traders; Adami owns (AGU); Adami owns (C); Adami owns (GS); Adami owns (INTC); Adami owns (MSFT); Adami owns (NUE); Adami owns (BTU); Finerman and Finerman's firm own (AAPL); Finerman and Finerman's firm own (BP); Finerman owns (C); Finreman and Finerman's firm own (CVS); Finerman's firm owns (IBM); Finerman's firm owns (JPM) and is long (JPM) leaps; Finerman owns (JPM); Finerman and Finerman's firm own (MSFT); Finerman's firm owns (TGT); Finerman owns (UNG); Finerman owns (USO); Finerman's firm is short (IWM), (SPY), (MDY); Finerman's firm owns s&p puts; Finerman's firm owns Russel 200 puts; Terranova owns (XOM); Terranova owns (BAX); Terranova owns (SLV); Terranova owns (TCK); Terranova owns (APA); Terranova owns (HOC); Terranova owns (OXY); Terranova owns (UPL); Terranova owns (FCX); Terranova owns (BX); Terranova owns (V); Terranova owns (VRTS); Terranova owns (JPM); Terranova is short (NFLX); Terranova is short S&P Futures; Terranova is Chief Market Strategist of Virtus Investment Partners, LTD; Karabell owns (AAPL); Karabell owns (EMC); Karabell owns (GS); Karabell owns (IBM); Karabell owns (GOOG); Karabell owns (GE); Karabell owns (POT)

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Accounts Managed by Brian Kelly Capital own (GLD)
Accounts Managed by Brian Kelly Capital own (SLV)
Accounts Managed by Brian Kelly Capital own (DIA)
Accounts Managed by Brian Kelly Capital are long gold, natural gas

For Zachary Karabell
River Twice Capital owns (EMC), (GS), (IBM), (JCI), (SBUX), (POT), (QCOM)
River Twice Capital is short (AA) calls in fund
River Twice Capital is short (XLF), (SPY), (SMH)

For Joe Terranova
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Virtus Investment Partners Owns More Than 1% Of (CCG)
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For Peter Shiff
Schiff Owns Gold
Schiff Owns Silver

For Colin Langan
(GM) Is Or In Past 12 Months Has Been An Investment Banking Client Of UBS Securities LLC
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UBS Securities LLC Has Received Compensation From (GM) In Past 12 Months

For John Stephenson
**No Disclosures

For Whitney Tilson
Funds Managed by Whitney Tilson are Short St. Joe (JOE)
Funds Managed by Whitney Tilson own Berkshire Hathaway Shares
Funds Managed by Whitney Tilson are long Howard Hughes Corporation (HHC)

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