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 1,200 real estate professionals in 47 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 U.S. office 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, NV, Bethesda, MD, San Francisco, New York City, South Carolina, Pittsburgh, New Jersey, South Florida, Detroit, Raleigh-Durham, Irvine and Denver (2012); San Diego, Charlotte and Sacramento (2013).
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; and Houston-based Mason Partners in 2013.
In February 2012, Avison Young was named a winner of Canada's 50 Best Managed Companies program for 2011, sponsored by Deloitte, CIBC, National Post and Queen's School of Business. In February 2013, Avison Young announced it had requalified in 2012 to maintain its status as a Best Managed company.
Today, Avison Young has offices in Toronto (HQ) (2), Atlanta, Bethesda, Boston, Calgary, Charlotte, Chicago (2), Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Edmonton, Guelph, Halifax, Houston, Irvine, Las Vegas, Lethbridge, Los Angeles (4), Mississauga, Montreal, New Jersey, New York, Ottawa, Pittsburgh, Quebec City, Raleigh-Durham (2), Regina, Reno, Sacramento, San Diego, San Francisco, South Carolina (2), South Florida (3), 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.
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