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Building a global commercial brokerage: CBRE

Building a global commercial brokerage: CBRE

Today’s CBRE has its roots in 1900s San Francisco. Opening its doors in 1906, it rapidly expanded to become one of the largest real estate companies in the western USA by the 1940s.

Over the next several decades, the firm expanded its service portfolio and geographic presence across the United States. After listing publicly on the stock exchange, the company, CB Commercial, began an aggressive acquisition campaign, taking on leading firms in investment banking, mortgages, corporate facilities management and capital markets.

Upon acquiring REI Limited of London in the late 90s, the company changed its name to the one we know today, CBRE.

Several acquisitions later, CBRE became New York and London’s leading real estate services firm and was added to the S&P 500 in 2006. In the years that followed, the company would enhance its reputation as a leader across multiple sectors, including technical engineering, workplace solutions, and advisory services.

CBRE now operates in over 100 countries worldwide, including in the UAE, where it has long offered its range of services – property management, valuation, leasing, investment management, and more – to the local market.

The firm is respected in the Middle East and beyond for its comprehensive solutions across all real estate and property management sectors, covering corporate, industrial and residential. These services are supported by a world-leading research and analysis team that monitors market trends to deliver timely and accurate data on global real estate markets.

This incredible offering has seen CBRE attain numerous awards and recognitions. In 2020, the company was crowned the Most Admired real estate company for the second year in a row, a World’s Most Ethical Company for the seventh year in a row, and ranked by The Lipsey Company as the top real estate brand for the 19th consecutive year.

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