BRE Properties Announces Tax Status of 2012 Dividends

BRE Properties, Inc. (NYSE:BRE), a leading real estate investment trust (REIT) with apartment communities located primarily in the major metropolitan markets of coastal California and metropolitan Seattle, announced today the 2012 dividend tax status of its distributions to shareholders. The 2012 distribution classifications are:

2012 Dividend Tax Status
Common Shares Distribution (CUSIP 05564E106):

CashTaxable

Record

Payment

DistributionOrdinary

Qualifying

Long- Term

Unrecaptured

Return of

Date

Date

Per ShareDividendDividendCapital GainSection 1250 GainCapital
3/15/2012 3/30/2012 $0.385000 $0.151814 $0.000000 $0.172182 $0.061004 $0.000000
6/15/2012 6/29/2012 $0.385000 $0.151814 $0.000000 $0.172182 $0.061004 $0.000000
9/14/2012 9/28/2012 $0.385000 $0.151814 $0.000000 $0.172182 $0.061004 $0.000000
12/14/2012 12/31/2012 $0.385000 $0.151814 $0.000000 $0.172182 $0.061004 $0.000000
Total:$1.540000$0.607256$0.000000$0.688728$0.244016$0.000000
Percentage:100%39%0%45%16%0%
Series D Preferred Distribution (CUSIP 05564E601):

Taxable
RecordPayment

Cash Distribution

OrdinaryQualifyingLong- TermUnrecapturedReturn of
DateDatePer ShareDividendDividendCapital GainSection 1250 GainCapital
3/15/2012 3/30/2012 $0.421875 $0.166354 $0.000000 $0.188674 $0.066847 $0.000000
6/15/2012 6/29/2012 $0.421875 $0.166354 $0.000000 $0.188674 $0.066847 $0.000000
9/14/2012 9/28/2012 $0.421875 $0.166354 $0.000000 $0.188674 $0.066847 $0.000000
12/14/2012 12/31/2012 $0.421875 $0.166354 $0.000000 $0.188674 $0.066847 $0.000000
Total:$1.687500$0.665416$0.000000$0.754696$0.267388$0.000000
Percentage:100%39%0%45%16%0%

Wells Fargo Shareowner Services will distribute copies of IRS Form 1099-DIV to 2012 registered shareholders of record of BRE's common and preferred stock. Beneficial shareholders who held BRE's stock in "street name" during 2012 will receive the form from their bank, brokerage or nominee. BRE recommends shareholders consult a tax professional to determine how distributions should be reported on state and federal tax forms.

About BRE Properties

BRE Properties, based in San Francisco, California, focuses on the development, acquisition and management of apartment communities located primarily in the major metropolitan markets of Southern and Northern California and Seattle. BRE Properties is a real estate investment trust (REIT) listed in the S&P MidCap 400 Index. For more information on BRE Properties, please visit our website at www.breproperties.com.

Contacts:

BRE Properties, Inc.
Stephanie Andre, 415-445-3745
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