Torrance, CA – January 10, 2012 – (RealEstateRama) — Westwood Financial Corp. (WFC), one of the largest privately held owner-operators of retail properties in the U.S., is reporting one of its most successful years in its 40-year history with more than $172 million in acquisitions and dispositions in 2011. In total WFC completed 67 transactions in 2011, including five core acquisitions, 10 value-add acquisitions, five core dispositions and 47 value-add dispositions. The transactions were in 24 states. Over the past two years Westwood Financial Corp. has closed 14 value-add transactions for $60 million and is actively looking to reach its $100 million goal. In addition, the Los Angeles-based firm had an increase in its shopping center portfolio, particularly in the Southeast, which brings its ownership and management of more than 100 shopping centers and retail properties in 24 metropolitan markets.