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WASHINGTON, DC-One of Canada’s largest commercial real estate firms is setting up shop here using brokers from the now shuttered GVA Advantis. FirstService REA has hired Tim Hague, former president of GVA Advantis, to lead its DC office. Hague brought along six colleagues to round out the brokerage operations: Connor Faught, John Schlegel, Josh Thomas and Sonya Simpson. Other staffers for the FirstService DC office, located at 1701 Pennsylvania Ave., include Dave Mayfield, who will lead a project management expansion in the Southeast. He will support the DC team as well as the firm’s newly-established Global Workplace Solutions division’s Atlanta and Richmond-based resources.

FirstService has instant name recognition in Canada and other foreign markets, Hague says. It is only now, though, gaining traction in the US. The company has opened offices in New York and Boston and is now focusing its attention on the DC market. The new team will focus on corporate services and tenant representation initially, with plans to expand into investment sales and specialty representation including law and government services, Hague says.

Also on Hague’s to do list: building out expertise in corporate finance, asset management services–including agency leasing and property management–and establish a presence in Northern Virginia, suburban Maryland and Baltimore. Other practice groups the firm wants to establish include in retail, office and industrial.

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