Best of the Best 2012

Welcome to NREI’s 12th annual Best of the Best compendium of surveys. On the following pages, you’ll find a comprehensive look at the state of commercial real estate. We list the biggest players by property type as well as the largest lenders, brokerage firms and property managers. In addition, there are lists of the developers of industrial and office space, although activity remains muted on those fronts. There have been a few changes in some of the lists from a year ago. Mergers in some sectors have reshuffled the deck and vaulted firms up the ranks. In other cases, divestments by some large players have opened space for competitors.

Still, the picture is largely stable from a year ago. Many of the same firms have retained their top spots and there are few newcomes on any of the lists.

What follows is a look at the trends in each property sector and across major disciplines, plus the 13 rankings that comprise the Best of the Best.

  • Brokerage

    • Dec 1, 2012
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      2012 Top Brokers  

      The top brokerages survey was originally published in April. The rankings have been updated to reflect the closing of the merger between Newmark Knight Frank and Grubb & Ellis. Brokerages provided total dollar amount of leasing transactions and investment sales globally in 2011....More
  • Finance

    • Dec 1, 2012
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      2012 Top Direct Lenders  

      The rankings are based on NREI's 21st annual top lender survey. They reflect total dollar volume financed in calendar year 2011. The numbers encompass direct loans, credit lines, CMBS loans and other forms of direct investment in the commercial real estate industry....More
    • Dec 1, 2012
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      2012 Top Financial Intermediaries  

      The second part of NREI's top lender survey ranks financial intermediaries, based on the volume of commercial real estate loans arranged in calendar year 2011....More
  • Office

    • Dec 1, 2012
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      2012 Top Office Owners  

      The top office owners survey includes office space owned globally as of Dec. 31, 2011. If companies had interests in mixed-use projects, they were asked to provide the totals for the office portion only....More
    • Dec 30, 2012
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      2012 Top Office Developers  

      The rankings for the top office developers are based on the volume of activity globally during 2011. The results include office space completed during the course of the year or under construction as of Dec. 31, 2011....More
  • Industrial

    • Dec 1, 2012
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      2012 Top Industrial Owners  

      Rankings for the top industrial developers survey are based on the volume of activity globally during 2011. Results include both completed development during the year and new construction under way as of Dec. 31, 2011....More
    • Dec 1, 2012
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      2012 Top Industrial Developers  

      Rankings for the top industrial developers survey are based on the volume of activity globally during 2011. Results include both completed development during the year and new construction under way as of Dec. 31, 2011....More
  • Retail

    • Dec 1, 2012
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      2012 Top Retail Owners  

      The listing of the top owners of retail real estate was first published in May. The ranking was compiled using responses to NREI's top owners of retail real estate survey, earnings reports and company Web sites. It is based on the total size of the companies' U.S. portfolio as of Dec. 31, 2011....More
    • Dec 1, 2012
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      2012 Top Retail Managers  

      The listing of the top managers of retail real estate was first published in May. The ranking was compiled using responses to NREI's top managers of retail real estate survey, earnings reports and company Web sites. It is based on the total amount of space under management globally as of Dec. 31, 2011....More
  • Apartments

    • Dec 31, 2012
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      2012 Top Apartment Owners  

      The following is an abbreviated version of the apartment owners portion of the 2012 NMHC 50, an annual ranking of the 50 largest U.S. apartment owners and managers published in NREI's April issue. The companies below are ranked according to the number of apartment units in which they had an ownership interest as of Jan. 1, 2011....More
    • Dec 31, 2012
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      2012 Top Apartment Managers  

      The following is an abbreviated version of the apartment management portion of the 2012 NMHC 50, an annual ranking of the 50 largest U.S. apartment owners and managers published in NREI's April issue. The companies below are ranked according to the number of apartment units they managed as of Jan. 1, 2012....More
  • Hotels

    • Dec 31, 2012
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      2012 Top Hotel Owners  

      The listing of the top 25 managers of retail real estate was first published in May. The ranking was compiled using responses to NREI's top managers of retail real estate survey, earnings reports and company Web sites. It is based on the total amount of space under management globally as of Dec. 31, 2011....More
  • Property Management

    • Dec 1, 2012
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      2012 Top Property Managers  

      The top property managers survey is based on the total amount of space under management globally as of Dec. 31, 2011. The figures include space managed for outside clients and space managed for respondents' own portfolios. Firms whose primary emphasis is asset management, not property management, are not included in this ranking....More
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