ORANGE COUNTY, CA-Market research firm Real Capital Analytics has released a national industrial report listing the top brokerage firms for industrial investment sales during first-quarter 2013. Heading the list for the West region and also nationally by investment volume and number of properties is CBRE; the remaining firms in the Western top five are Eastdil Secured, Jones Lang LaSalle, Newmark Grubb Knight Frank and Voit Real Estate Services.

The report also ranks the top 15 brokerage firms (divided into flex, warehouse and all industrial) by number of properties, the top 25 (also divided into flex, warehouse and industrial) by investment volume and the top five firms by region. Among all types of industrial properties, the top 15 nationally by number of properties are:

  1. CBRE
  2. Cushman & Wakefield
  3. Eastdil Secured
  4. Colliers International
  5. NAI Global
  6. HFF
  7. Jones Lang LaSalle
  8. Lee & Associates
  9. Stan Johnson Co.
  10. Marcus & Millichap
  11. Silver Group
  12. Newmark Grubb Knight Frank
  13. Binswanger
  14. Cassidy Turley
  15. Transwestern

Voit is the only regional real estate firm that ranked in the top 10 nationally for all industrial by investment volume. With $273 million in total investment sales during 2013′s first quarter, Voit was ranked as number six in the country for flex deals and as number five in the western region of the US for all industrial transactions.

Mark Read, executive managing director for Voit, tells, “There is a strong demand to acquire industrial properties throughout the southwest for several reasons. Users want to buy buildings and take advantage of historic low interest rates to lock in their occupancy costs. Investors recognize strong fundamentals for industrial properties—low vacancy, reasonable tenant improvement costs—and the desirability of industrial property as an asset class versus other investments.”

According to RCA’s report, the industrial sector still relies on domestic banks as its primary source of debt capital despite the resurgence of CMBS issuance. Relatively few loans on industrial properties have been in recent CMBS issues and those that are involve larger, higher value assets. was unable to reach CBRE before deadline for comment on its high ranking in the report and what the report means for the industrial sector.

As reported today, some industrial markets are recovering to the point of seeing single-digit vacancies, which is spurring the sector onto further recovery and sparking its desirability for investors.