Northeast Bureau Chief Glen Thompson contributed to thisstory.

SAN FRANCISCO-Another major New York commercial real estate firmbegan laying claim to its share of the West Coast market this week.Newmark & Co. tells it has hired Ed Grammens, anSVP with CB Richard Ellis, to lead its charge into the Bay Areamarket.

Grammens, who resigned last week and went on vacation, hasapparently convinced several other CBRE brokers to join him. Theirnames were not immediately available, but as many as 10 weresupposed to be resigning this week from CBRE and other companies.Mike Smith, senior managing director for CBRE's Downtown SanFrancisco office, did not immediately return a phone call seekingcomment.

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