Who ever imagined commercial real estate companies would reach celebrity status?
But that is just what happened in 2015.
The CBRE Group remained the belle of the CRE ball while Cushman & Wakefield and DTZ became last year’s dazzling mega-couple.
2016 should see much of the same as commercial real estate companies revel in the highest commercial real estate prices since that little blip in 2008.
So, if you are looking for commercial property for sale, an experienced commercial property agent or a private lender to arrange that complex commercial hard money financing, look no further…
These are 10 of the best commercial real estate companies in the world:
1. CBRE Group
2015 projected revenue: $10.5 billion
As the dominant player among commercial real estate companies, the CBRE Group has now expanded its reach to grab hold of the commercial property management crown as well.
Its recent $1.5 billion acquisition of Global Workplace Solutions will add another 1.2 billion square feet of property under management.
More importantly, it will substantially beef up an already dazzling array of talented commercial property agents.
2015 projected revenue: $6 billion
From commercial property for sale to commercial property development, JLL is lighting up the CRE landscape with blow out numbers.
This binge buying juggernaut can flaunt current cash-flow growth (30.5%!) far above its closest rivals.
By smartly scooping up companies like SAG, JLL will also boost its dominance in the fast growing Hotel & Hospitality Management sector as well.
2. Cushman & Wakefield
2015 projected revenue: $5.5 billion
This 100 year old commercial real estate powerhouse is ready to take the next 100 years by storm.
The mega-merger of 2015 with DTZ has created a combined workforce of over 43,000 strong and nearly $200 billion in commercial real estate transactions.
With over 4 billion square feet of commercial property under management, you should expect an IPO sometime in 2016.
4. Colliers International
2015 projected revenue: $1.7 billion
After its successful spin-off from FirstService Corp, Colliers is ready to take its commercial real estate services to the next level.
Global President, Doug Frye, said “consolidation is a reality of the commercial real estate industry, and Colliers will continue to stand out as a trailblazer.”
The company also plans to focus efforts on green building (they have over 200 LEED pros) and sustainability.
5. Newmark Grubb Knight Frank
Now part of BGC partners, NGKF manages over 250 million square feet of commercial property space around the world.
Last year they company acquired Apartment Realty Advisors, making NGKF the the second largest multifamily sales firm in the country.
CEO Barry Gosin is excited to unveil NGKF’s innovative N.Y. headquarters in 2016. “It’ll be mostly open, all glass, lots of light and very tech-savvy,” Mr. Gosin said.
6. Eastdil Secured
If a multi billion dollar CRE deal closed in 2015, there was a solid chance Doug Harmon and his team were there to arrange it.
Last year alone, the company brokered 7 of the 10 largest commercial property transactions in New York City.
And when it comes to commercial retail and office space, Eastdil always leads the pack.
7. Marcus & Millichap
Did you know that Marcus & Millichap closes 3.7 transactions every business hour? That’s the most of any commercial real estate investment brokerage.
Based out of Calabasas, California, M & M is an industry leader in the commercial real estate capital market, closing more than $4 billion in commercial debt last year.
The company is also highly regarded for its world class research, including the industry favorite National Apartment Index.
From commercial real estate note buying to commercial property construction loans, HFF sits at the top when it comes to arranging commercial real estate capital structures.
Just one look at their recently closed transactions, including 2015’s largest Mid-Atlantic Multifamily sale, will tell you all you need to know.
Last year the company was ranked the #1 Financial Intermediary by National Real Estate Investor, with over $36 billion in arranged CRE financing.
9. NAI Global
NAI Global has the largest owner-operated network of commercial real estate brokerages in the world.
NAI ranked #5 of top commercial real estate companies by the Lipsey Survey, and the company has over 6,700 commercial real estate experts around the globe.
This CRE powerhouse recently expanded its brokerage business into Shanghai by teaming up with the Sofia Group.
With a CEO like Kevin Maggiacomo, it’s easy to see why SVN has made Inc. Magazine’s list of fastest growing companies, twice.
The company has gone from 7 offices to over 190 under his watch and global expansion is set to blast off in 2016.
Our list of the best commercial real estate companies is part science and part subjective (a big part.)
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