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 2,600 real estate professionals in 82 offices, providing value-added, client-centric investment sales, leasing, advisory, management, financing and mortgage placement services to owners and occupiers of office, retail, industrial, multi-family and hospitality 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 Toronto West (1997), Montreal (2002), 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, Toronto North (2009); Atlanta, Houston, Tysons VA, Boston, Waterloo Region (2010); Dallas, Los Angeles, Las Vegas (2011); Reno, Suburban Maryland, San Francisco, New York City, Charleston, Pittsburgh, New Jersey, Fort Lauderdale, Boca Raton, Miami, Detroit, Raleigh-Durham, Orange County, Denver (2012); San Diego, Charlotte, Sacramento, West Palm Beach, San Mateo, Long Island, Greenville, Tampa, Philadelphia (2013); Columbus OH, London U.K., Thames Valley U.K., Austin, Fairfield/Westchester, Oakland, Cleveland, Orlando, Frankfurt (2014); Munich, Moncton, Minneapolis, Indianapolis, Duesseldorf, Hamburg, Nashville, Knoxville, Hartford, San Antonio, Mexico City, Memphis (2015); Coventry, Jacksonville, Phoenix, Berlin, St. Louis (2016); Bucharest, Manchester, San Jose/Silicon Valley (2017).
The company also acquired Toronto-based Darton Property Advisors and Managers in 2008; Virginia-based Appian Realty Advisors, LLC, Atlanta-based Hodges Management and Leasing Company in 2010; Virginia-based Millennium Realty Advisors, LLC, 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, 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., 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, Austin-based Commercial Texas, LLC, Montreal-based Roy et Tremblay Inc., Sacramento-based Aguer Havelock Associates, Inc., New Jersey-based Kwartler Associates, Orlando-based MCRE, LLC, Miami-based Abood Wood-Fay Real Estate Group, LLC in 2014; Calgary-based Peregrin Inc., Chicago-based Mesa Development, LLC, Philadelphia-based Remington Group, Inc. in 2015; Toronto-based Metrix Realty Group (Ontario) Inc., U.K.-based North Rae Sanders, Phoenix-based The GPE Companies, Calgary-based Linnell Taylor Lipman and Associates Ltd. in 2016; Atlanta-based Hotel Assets Group, LLC, Atlanta-based Rich Real Estate Services, Inc., Rutherford, NJ-based Cresa NJ-North/Central, LLC, Raleigh-based Hunter & Associates, LLC, Manchester U.K.-based WHR Property Consultants LLP in 2017.
In 2017, Avison Young was named one of Canada’s Best Managed Companies for the sixth consecutive year, and attained Gold Standard status for excellence in business performance for the third straight year. The program is sponsored by Deloitte, CIBC, Canadian Business, Smith School of Business and MacKay CEO Forums.
Today, Avison Young has offices in Toronto (HQ) (2), Atlanta, Austin, Berlin, Boca Raton, Boston, Bucharest, Calgary, Charleston, Charlotte, Chicago (2), Cleveland, Columbus OH, Coventry, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Duesseldorf, Edmonton, Fairfield/Westchester, Fort Lauderdale, Frankfurt, Greenville, Halifax, Hamburg, Hartford, Houston, Indianapolis, Jacksonville, Knoxville, Las Vegas, Lethbridge, London U.K. (2), Long Island, Los Angeles (4), Manchester, Memphis, Mexico City, Miami, Minneapolis, Moncton, Montreal, Munich, Nashville, New Jersey (2), New York City, Oakland, Orange County, Orlando, Ottawa, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Pittsburgh, Raleigh-Durham (2), Regina, Reno, Sacramento, San Antonio, San Diego, San Francisco, San Jose/Silicon Valley, San Mateo, St. Louis, Suburban Maryland, Tampa, Thames Valley U.K., Toronto North, Toronto West, Tysons, Vancouver, Washington DC, Waterloo Region, West Palm Beach 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.