Sunday, March 1, 2009

CB Richard Ellis Group Ranked Tops in Investment Sales

TAMPA, FL– CB Richard Ellis Group, Inc (CBRE) was the No. 1 firm in U.S. investment sales activity on a national basis in 2008, with a 17.9% market share—according to Real Capital Analytics' 2008 data.

RCA, which tracks national commercial real estate sales of $5 million and greater, found that CBRE, with $25.3* billion in transaction values, had a commanding 10.3 percentage point advantage over the second place firm and sold more property than the number two and three firms combined.

CB Richard Ellis was the leader in office, retail, industrial and multi-family properties. RCA estimates that over $141 billion** of office, industrial, retail, multi-family and hotel properties were sold in the U.S. in 2008.

"During challenging times clients seek out the platform and the professionals that delivers superior market insight and unrivaled transaction execution," said Gregory S. Vorwaller, (top right photo) CBRE Investment Properties President. "2008's results underscore that CBRE is the trusted advisor of choice across all categories of commercial real estate investing."

Other significant findings include:

• CBRE was the nation's top firm in office sales in 2008 with a market share of 21.9% representing $11.5 billion of transactions.
• CB Richard Ellis' market share in multi-housing sales was an industry leading 18.3% in 2008. The firm's $6.8 billion in sales was double that of it nearest competitor.
• In industrial sales, CBRE dominated with $ 4.5 billion in sales, for a market share of 21.4%/--three times the nearest competitor.
• CB Richard Ellis recorded the highest market share—9.7%—in the retail sector, totaling $1.9 billion in transactions in 2008.

* Does not include CBRE's individual property sales valued at less than $5 million.** Excludes privatization activity.


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