Avison Young is the world’s fastest-growing commercial real estate services firm. Headquartered in Toronto, Canada, Avison Young is a collaborative, global firm owned and operated by its principals. Founded in 1978, the company comprises 1,500 real estate professionals in 57 offices, providing value-added, client-centric investment sales, leasing, advisory, management, financing and mortgage placement services to owners and occupiers of office, retail, industrial and multi-family properties.
Formed by the union of Graeme Young & Associates of Alberta (1978) and Avison & Associates of Ontario (1989) and British Columbia (1994), Avison Young was created in 1996 to provide clients with more comprehensive real estate services at the local, national and international level. Over the next decade, new offices opened in Mississauga (1997), Montreal (2002), Quebec City (2003), Winnipeg and Regina (2004), Halifax (2006) and Ottawa (2007).
In fall 2008, the shareholders merged the operations to create a single national entity: Avison Young (Canada) Inc. As a result, Avison Young became Canada’s largest independently-owned commercial real estate services company.
In early 2009, Avison Young opened its first office outside of Canada in Chicago, followed by new offices in Washington DC, Lethbridge AB and Toronto North (2009); Atlanta, Houston, Tysons Corner VA, Boston and Guelph ON (2010); Dallas, Los Angeles and Las Vegas (2011); Reno, Suburban Maryland, San Francisco, New York City, South Carolina, Pittsburgh, New Jersey, South Florida, Detroit, Raleigh-Durham, Irvine and Denver (2012); San Diego, Charlotte, Sacramento, San Mateo, Long Island, Tampa and Philadelphia (2013); Columbus OH, London U.K., Thames Valley U.K. and Austin (2014).
The company also acquired Toronto-based Darton Property Advisors and Managers in 2008; Virginia-based Appian Realty Advisors, LLC and Atlanta-based Hodges Management and Leasing Company in 2010; Virginia-based Millennium Realty Advisors, LLC and Los Angeles-based Ramsey-Shilling Commercial Real Estate Services, Inc. in 2011; Maryland-based Realty Management Company, Las Vegas-based Landry & Associates, Los Angeles-based Starrpoint Commercial Partners, Inc., New Jersey-based The Walsh Company, LLC, and Raleigh, NC-based Thomas Linderman Graham Inc. in 2012; Houston-based Mason Partners, Florida-based WG Compass Realty Companies, Torrance, CA-based R7 Real Estate Inc., Tampa, FL-based Lane Witherspoon & Carswell Commercial Real Estate Advisors, (partnered with) Greenville, SC-based Colonial Commercial, Dallas-based Dillon Corporate Services, Inc., and Maryland-based McShea & Company, Inc. in 2013; Atlanta-based The Eidson Group, LLC, Columbus OH-based PSB Realty Advisors, LLC, London U.K.-based Haywards LLP and Austin-based Commercial Texas, LLC in 2014.
Avison Young was a winner of Canada’s Best Managed Companies program in 2011 and 2012 and requalified in 2013 to maintain its status as a Best Managed company. The program is sponsored by Deloitte, CIBC, National Post, Queen's School of Business and MacKay CEO forums.
Today, Avison Young has offices in Toronto (HQ) (2), Atlanta, Austin, Boston, Calgary, Charlotte, Chicago (2), Columbus OH, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Edmonton, Guelph, Halifax, Houston, Irvine, Las Vegas, Lethbridge, London U.K., Long Island, Los Angeles (4), Mississauga, Montreal, New Jersey, New York City, Ottawa, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Quebec City, Raleigh-Durham (2), Regina, Reno, Sacramento, San Diego, San Francisco, San Mateo, South Carolina (3), South Florida (4), Suburban Maryland, Tampa, Thames Valley U.K., Toronto North, Tysons Corner, Vancouver, Washington DC, and Winnipeg. The company's advisory personnel, licensed brokers, commercial property managers, financial analysts, research professionals, marketing specialists and property accountants serve clients ranging from leading multinational investors and occupiers to smaller firms and sole proprietorships..