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2013 Top Brokers


Most of the top commercial real estate brokerage firms grew their businesses in 2012, in comparison with 2011 volumes. When looking further back, total transaction volumes—which include the total value of all leasing and investment sales transactions each firm completed globally—are up dramatically from 2010.

But the pecking order remains the same. The top 10 shuffled a bit with the completion of last year’s merger of Newmark Knight Frank and Grubb & Ellis to create Newmark Grubb Knight Frank. That enabled the company to jump from sixth on last year’s list to fifth on this year’s. In fact, most firms’ positions in the top 25 were about the same as they were a year ago.

In that vein, CBRE Group leads the pack again. The firm reported a total volume of $189.50 billion in 2012, a 19.2 percent increase over 2011’s number of $159.00 billion. As a result, CBRE’s volume is nearly equal to the combined transaction volume of the next two firms on the list.

Jones Lang LaSalle retained the second position on the list. Its deal volume rose by just over $10 billion from 2011 to $108.91 billion, a 10.4 percent increase. The total value of its investment sales and leasing transactions was 62 percent higher than in 2010. Cushman & Wakefield remained third on our list, but its transaction level did not rise year over year. The firm brokered $88.40 billion in transactions in 2012 and $88.60 billion in 2011.

Colliers International again took the fourth slot with total investment sales and leasing transactions worth $71.20 billion in 2012, compared with $68.21 billion in 2011. The integrated Newmark Grubb Knight Frank finished fifth. The firm had $69.84 billion in deals in 2012, compared with the combined $64.35 billion that Newmark Knight Frank and Grubb & Ellis posted last year.

Studley also rose one spot in this year’s rankings based on its deal volume of $57.35 billion in 2012, compared with $48.91 billion in 2011, a 17.2 percent increase. Eastdil Secured also moved up based on $56.00 billion in volume, up from $46 billion in 2011. NAI Global, meanwhile, fell from fifth to eighth after posting $55.00 billion in deals in 2012—the same volume it posted in 2011. TCN Worldwide at $31.89 billion and DTZ  (which did not participate last year) at $25.84 billion rounded out this year’s top 10. The addition of DTZ bumped Cassidy Turley out of its top 10 slot.

This ranking is based on responses to NREI’s Top Brokerage survey, which was conducted via email in February and March 2013. Brokers were asked to provide the total dollar value of leasing transactions and investment sales globally in 2012. The totals were combined to determine the company’s ranking.

To be ranked, firms filled out an online form that was distributed via email and publicized on our site and through our e-newsletters. Firms are ranked based on the total dollar value of leasing transactions and investment sales transactions globally in 2012.

If you have issues regarding the ranking or additions to it, please do not hesitate to contact me at david.bodamer@penton.com.

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1 CBRE Group Los Angeles $189,800,000,000
2 Jones Lang LaSalle Chicago $108,912,000,000
3 Cushman & Wakefield New York $88,400,000,000
4 Colliers International Seattle $71,200,000,000
5 Newmark Grubb Knight Frank New York $69,844,878,637
6 Studley Inc. New York $57,000,000,000
7 Eastdil Secured New York $56,000,000,000
8 NAI Global Princeton $55,000,000,000
9 TCN Worldwide Plano $31,891,963,267
10 DTZ Los Angeles $25,842,431,724
11 Cassidy Turley Washington $24,000,000,000
12 Marcus & Millichap Real Estate Investment Services Calabasas $22,000,000,000
13 CORE Network Virginia Beach $21,884,850,000
14 HFF Houston $15,100,000,000
15 ARA Atlanta $9,500,000,000
16 Cresa Boston $7,800,000,000
17 Lee & Associates Irvine $7,118,337,118
18 RE/MAX Commercial Denver $7,050,000,000
19 Avison Young Chicago $6,830,758,702
20 Coldwell Banker Commercial Parsippany $6,778,399,911
21 Sperry Van Ness International Irvine $6,740,511,079
22 Transwestern Houston $6,224,129,854
23 Corporate Facility Advisors (CORFAC International) Falls Church $5,517,184,034
24 KW Commercial Austin $3,451,000,000
25 Kidder Mathews Seattle $2,516,946,577
26 Massey Knakal Realty Services New York $2,492,561,299
27 SRS Real Estate Partners Dallas $1,354,943,268
28 MB Real Estate Chicago $441,457,956
29 Metro Commercial Real Estate Mount Laurel $438,368,699
30 Henry S. Miller Brokerage DALLAS $320,000,000
31 Senior Living Investment Brokerage Glen Ellyn $303,945,000
32 Sunstone Manufactured Housing Consultants Grapevine $157,686,915
33 Kalmon Dolgin Affilialtes Brooklyn $156,500,000
34 Thornton Oliver Keller Commercial Real Estate Boise $148,600,000
35 CORE Partners Birmingham $49,955,612
36 MG Commercial Real Estate Providence $44,900,000
37 Jameson & Co. Downers Grove $14,080,000
38 Marques Properties LLC Elizabeth $2,300,000
39 Hunter Hotel Advisors Atlanta  
40 Miller Realty Associates Tyler  
41 Ryan Hill Realty Naperville  

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