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Whitestone REIT Announces Proposed Offering Of 4,000,000 Common Shares

Whitestone REIT  (NYSE - WSR “Whitestone”), a fully integrated real estate company that owns, operates and re-develops Community Centered Properties TM, which are visibly located properties in established or developing culturally diverse neighborhoods, announced today that it intends to sell 4,000,000 of its common shares in an underwritten public offering. In connection with the offering, Whitestone intends to grant the underwriters a 30-day option to purchase up to an additional 600,000 common shares. Robert W. Baird & Co. Incorporated is acting as the sole book-running manager of the offering.

Whitestone expects to use the net proceeds from this offering for general corporate purposes, which may include acquisitions of additional properties, the repayment of outstanding indebtedness, capital expenditures, the expansion, redevelopment and/or re-tenanting of properties in its portfolio, working capital and other general purposes.

The offering will be made pursuant to Whitestone’s existing effective shelf registration statement, previously filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The offering of these securities will be made only by means of a preliminary prospectus supplement and accompanying base prospectus, when available. A copy of the preliminary prospectus supplement and accompanying base prospectus may be obtained by mail to Robert W. Baird & Co. Incorporated, Attention: Syndicate Department, 777 E. Wisconsin Avenue, Milwaukee, WI 53202, by telephone at 800-792-2413 or by emailing syndicate@rwbaird.com.

This press release is not an offer to sell, nor a solicitation of an offer to buy securities, nor shall there be any sale of these securities in any state or jurisdiction in which the offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of such state or jurisdiction.

About Whitestone REIT

Whitestone REIT (NYSE: WSR) is a fully integrated real estate company that owns, operates and re-develops Community Centered Properties TM, which are visibly located properties in established or developing culturally diverse neighborhoods. Whitestone focuses on value-creation in its Centers, as it markets, leases and manages its Centers to match tenants with the shared needs of surrounding neighborhoods. Operations are structured for providing cost-effective service to local service-oriented smaller space tenants (less than 3,000 square feet). Whitestone has a diversified tenant base concentrated on service offerings including medical, education, and casual dining. The largest of its over 950 tenants comprises less than 1.5% of its rental revenues. Headquartered in Houston, Texas and founded in 1998, the Company is internally managed with a portfolio of commercial properties in Texas, Arizona, and Illinois.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains statements that constitute “forward-looking statements,” including with regard to the Whitestone’s proposed securities offering and the anticipated use of the net proceeds. These statements are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. No assurance can be given that the proposed securities offering discussed above will be completed on the terms described, or at all, or that the net proceeds of the proposed offering will be used as indicated. Completion of the proposed securities offering on the terms described, and the application of net proceeds, are subject to numerous conditions, many of which are beyond the control of the Company including, but not limited to, the status of the economy and the status of capital markets. See the Risk Factors sections of Whitestone’s preliminary prospectus supplement and accompanying base prospectus, as well as periodic reports and other documents filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) for a discussion of these factors. Copies are available on the SEC's website,   www.sec.gov. Except as required by law, Whitestone undertakes no obligation to update these statements for revisions or changes after the date of this release.

Copyright Business Wire 2010

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