A transitioning market requires even more investment savvy, but Avison Young’s newest investment sales team is ready to take on any changing market conditions in the years ahead. The firm has bolstered its existing investment sales team with the addition of Chris Maling, David Maling and Patrick Barnes, who join the firm as principals and will be based in the Downtown Los Angeles office. The Maling-Barnes team will focus on national retail, office and industrial sales as well as distressed asset sales for both private and institutional capital.

“In a very strong up market, you can get away with making mistakes and let the market cure any oversights that you may have,” Chris Maling tells GlobeSt.com. “However, as the market is transitioning with global effects coupled with rising interest rates, more investors are pausing before they jump in. Therefore, our role as advisors is needed more than ever.” Maling says that this is also a time when institutional capital is looking closely at portfolio allocations and maintaining diversity, mitigating exposure during a potential downturn. “Institutional investors are looking to rebalancing various asset classes in their portfolios,” he adds. “If they are underrepresented in a certain asset class, we guide them in repositioning their portfolio and growing it to where their needs are.”

The team will help to expand Avison Young’s investment sales practice across the country, which is part of an external growth strategy for the firm. “They provide a very sophisticated and multi-geography practice in investment sales for retail, office and industrial, all of which are high priority for our firm and our clients,” Chris Cooper, principal and managing director at Avison Young, tells GlobeSt.com. “So often investment sales tends to be siloed in a certain geography. This team has done deals in more than 41 states. They can leverage the clientele in Southern California and all over the country. We were able to address a lot of growth opportunities and support of our strategy by bringing the team to Avison Young in Southern California.”

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Kelsi Maree Borland

Kelsi Maree Borland is a freelance journalist and magazine writer based in Los Angeles, California. For more than 5 years, she has extensively reported on the commercial real estate industry, covering major deals across all commercial asset classes, investment strategy and capital markets trends, market commentary, economic trends and new technologies disrupting and revolutionizing the industry. Her work appears daily on GlobeSt.com and regularly in Real Estate Forum Magazine. As a magazine writer, she covers lifestyle and travel trends. Her work has appeared in Angeleno, Los Angeles Magazine, Travel and Leisure and more.

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