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WASHINGTON REAL ESTATE INVESTMENT TRUST FILES PUBLIC OFFERING OF 2.4 MILLION SHARES OF BENEFICIAL INTEREST

 WASHINGTON REAL ESTATE INVESTMENT TRUST FILES PUBLIC OFFERING
 OF 2.4 MILLION SHARES OF BENEFICIAL INTEREST
 BETHESDA, Md., June 1 /PRNewswire/ -- Washington Real Estate Investment Trust (WRIT) (AMEX: WRE) announced today that is has filed a registration statement with the Securities and Exchange Commission covering the proposed public offering of 2.4 million shares. In addition, selling shareholders are registering 140,000 shares. Alex. Brown & Sons Incorporated, Merrill Lynch & Co., Dean Witter Reynolds Inc. and A.G. Edwards & Sons, Inc., will co-manage the offering.
 WRIT's net proceeds from its sale of shares will be used to acquire and improve income-producing properties.
 Founded in 1960, WRIT is a self-administered equity real estate investment trust investing in income-producing properties principally in the Washington metropolitan area. The trust currently owns a diversified portfolio consisting of nine shopping centers, six office buildings, five high-rise apartment buildings and nine business centers.
 Copies of the offering prospectus may be obtained from Alex. Brown & Sons Incorporated, 135 E. Baltimore St., Baltimore, Md. 21202; Merrill Lynch & Co., Merrill Lynch World Headquarters, World Financial Center, 250 Vesey St., Ground Floor, New York, N.Y. 10281-1209; Dean Witter Reynolds Inc., Two World Trade Center, New York, N.Y. 10048; and A.G. Edwards & Sons, Inc., One North Jefferson, St. Louis, Mo. 63103; or other offices of Alex. Brown & Sons Inc., Merrill Lynch & Co., Dean Witter Reynolds Inc. and A.G. Edwards & Sons, Inc.; or other members of the underwriting and selling groups; or from WRIT, 4936 Fairmont Ave., Bethesda, Md. 20814.
 The registration statement has not yet become effective. These securities may not be sold nor may offers to buy be accepted prior to the time the registration statement becomes effective. This announcement shall not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy; nor shall any of these securities be sold in any state in which such offer, solicitation or sale be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of such state.
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 /CONTACT: Howard E. Cochran, vice president-finance, Washington Real Estate Investment Trust, 301-652-4300/
 (WRE) CO: Washington Real Estate Investment Trust ST: Maryland IN: SU: OFR


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