The Largest Commercial Real Estate Brokerages in the U.S.

To be a successful commercial real estate agent, you need to be connected with or be sponsored by a commercial real estate broker. Keep in mind, that there is a world of difference between a real estate agent and a commercial real estate broker. A broker needs more experience, capital, licensing permits, and a host of other resources and qualifications.

Here's a list of the top commercial real estate brokers in the U.S.:

  1. Trammell Crow: Trammell Crow of Dallas, Texas, is one of the largest diversified commercial real estate brokerage companies in the United States with 150 offices in the United States and Canada. The company can deliver a comprehensive range of services to clients, which include leading multi-national corporations, institutional investors, and others. Trammell Crow also offers into property management and has a wide array of services to offer in terms of in-house architectural planning, engineering, construction, space planning, and environmental services.

  2. Lincoln Property: Lincoln Property Company of Dallas, Texas, was formed in 1965 for the purpose of building and operating high-quality residential communities in the Southwest. The company has since become one of the five largest residential and commercial firms in the nation with properties in 200 cities. Lincoln, as a commercial real estate broker, has developed over 140 million square feet of commercial space and its residential development arm includes over 140,000 multi-family residential units.

  3. JMB Realty: JMB Realty of Chicago, Illinois, together with its affiliate JMB advisory Group has provided real estate services and topnotch property management. Quite a number of real estate properties in the U.S., including Chicago's Water Tower Place, have been under JMB's helm for real estate management.

  4. CB Richard Ellis: CB Richard Ellis of Los Angeles, California, is the largest vertically integrated commercial real estate broker in the world. The company offers the most comprehensive portfolio of services, including property sales and leasing, property management, investment banking, investment management, corporate services, capital market investment, appraisal/valuation, research, and consulting.

  5. Cushman and Wakefield Worldwide: This company which was founded in 1917 is currently controlled by Mitsubishi Estate, Ltd. and aims to be the world's preferred commercial real estate broker. The company provides brokerage, advisory, lease administration, and property management services to corporations and financial service firms around the world. Headquartered in Manhattan, the company has over 130 offices in 40 countries.

  6. Insignia Financial Group: Insignia is a diversified real estate company with outstanding growth and expertise in handling condominiums via its company Insignia Residential. Other affiliates include Realty One and Insignia/ESG.

  7. Marcus & Millichap: The company has established itself as a leading and expanding investment estate company with more than 1,300 brokers in markets throughout the United States. Since 1971, it has been the premier provider of investment real estate brokerage services. Their 37-year history of maintaining investor relationships in local markets enables them to provide the best information and transaction services nationally.

Other big commercial real estate brokers include Jones Lang LaSalle of Chicago, Illinois, and Grubb & Ellis, Northbrook, Illinois.