Choosing an investment sales brokerage firm can be challenging. The firms that are strongest in Austin may not be the same firms that are good in your home market. And it can sometimes be difficult to decide whether to choose a local firm or national player.

While AQUILA Commercial provides investment services to commercial property owners and investors large and small, we specialize in off-market and strategic acquisition/disposition services.

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As such, we understand that you may still want to explore other options before selecting a brokerage firm. So we’ve tried to make it easy and lay out the landscape for you.

 

Major Players

We frequently get the question, “Who are the other major players in Austin?” — which is why we have prepare a list of the best investment brokerage firms in Austin, Texas. In this realm, there are two big fish:

Eastdil Secured

HQ: New York, NY

Insider Insights: Though Eastdil Secured does not have an Austin office, they have been involved in a large number of high profile office sale transactions in Austin in recent years such as Prominent Pointe I and II, The Avallon, The Campus at the Arboretum and  River Place Corporate Park. Mike McDonald, a broker in Eastdil’s Atlanta office, has been the Eastdil broker most active in Austin.

Eastdil primarily takes on large, Class A office projects, but has also been involved in several smaller deals Austin.  

Eastdil is the real estate investment banking branch of financial giant Wells Fargo & Co.

HFF

HQ: Dallas, Texas

Insider insights: Dallas, Texas-based HFF has a strong Austin office and leverages its mortgage banking and equity placement divisions for its investment sales transactions. In Austin, HFF plays in the institutional space, but also has a team focused on smaller, local transactions.

As the firm’s Austin office is relatively new, sometimes the firm’s Dallas brokers provide oversight on major deals in this market.

 

Other Firms

While the firms listed above are far and away the major players, there are a handful of other firms worth researching, depending on the type of property you’re looking to buy or sell. These companies are:

CBRE

HQ: Los Angeles, CA

Insider insights: CBRE’s global relationships help make them a player in the world of investment sales. That said, their Austin office is traditionally known for being stronger in its other services.

Cushman & Wakefield

HQ: Chicago, IL

Insider Insights: Cushman and Wakefield has not traditionally played a big role in the investment sales scene in Austin, but recently recruited Todd Mills to try to grow the company’s investment sales business in this market.

JLL

HQ: Chicago, IL

Insider Insights: JLL’s Austin office was founded through the acquisition of the Staubach Company in 2008. Since then, they have added additional service lines, including investment sales. Jeff Coddington was hired in 2017 to join their Austin office and lead up this group.

 

We are eager to help you learn more about other investment sales firms that might be a good fit for helping you buy or sell your property.

If you need more help understanding the playing field here in Austin, please schedule a consultation with one of our investment sales experts.

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Jay Lamy | Commercial Real Estate Tenant Representation Broker in Austin, Texas | AQUILA Commercial

Jay Lamy

​​Jay Lamy is a principal with AQUILA Commercial and one of the founding members of the firm. Jay specializes in tenant representation and investment services.

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