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2018 Top Brokers

The ranking of top commercial real estate brokers is based on total global transaction volume in 2017.

For the 15th consecutive year, CBRE Group has topped NREI’s ranking of the top brokerage firms.  

Our ranking is based on the total value of each firm’s global leasing and investment sales transactions.

CBRE cracked $300 billion in transactions for the third consecutive year in 2017, growing its overall deal volume to $337.6 billion, up from $322.2 billion in 2016, a 4.8 percent growth rate.

CBRE’s volume was $85 billion greater than that of the second place firm on the list, JLL, which posted $252 billion in transaction volume. JLL’s volume, however, grew at a faster pace. Overall, its 2017 figure was 15 percent greater than its 2016 deal volume of $219.1 billion.

Newmark Knight Frank ranked third on our 2018 list, with total global deal volume of $151 billion. That figure is 23.7 percent greater than what the firm posted a year ago.

Overall, four firms cracked $100 billion in deals, while nine exceeded $20 billion in volume and 15 were over $10 billion.*

* Cushman & Wakefield and NAI Global chose not to submit information for this year’s ranking.

 Property Type Key

  • HO: Hotel
  • IN: Industrial
  • MF: Multifamily
  • OF: Office
  • RT: Retail
  • SH: Seniors Housing
  • ST: Student Housing

Services Key

  • AM: Asset Management
  • CO: Corporate Real Estate
  • DV: Development
  • FM: Facilities Management
  • IS: Investment Sales
  • LA: Lease Administration
  • LR: Landlord Representation
  • MB: Mortgage Brokerage
  • PJ: Project Management
  • PM: Property Management
  • SU: Sustainability
  • TR: Tenant Representation
  • OT: Other
  • VA: Valuation
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