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Lee & Associates

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Lee & Associates offers an array of real estate services tailored to meet the needs of the company’s clients, including commercial real estate brokerage, integrated services, and construction services. Established in 1979, Lee & Associates is now an international firm with offices throughout North America. Our professionals regularly collaborate to make sure they are providing their clients with the most advanced, up-to-date market technology and information. For the latest news from Lee & Associates, visit or follow us on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and Link, our company blog.

  • Industrial, Retail Paths Diverge as Strategies Shift

    Lynn Giles | March 21, 2024

    Industrial space net growth continues to struggle, but the retail sector benefits as consumers rebound, according to Lee & Associates report.

  • Industrial and Multifamily Sectors Face Challenges, Slowdown

    Lynn Giles | November 28, 2023

    Industrial space net growth is significantly down and multifamily development outpaces demand, according to Lee & Associates report.

  • Retail Rents Will Maintain Record Highs in H1 2023

    Jack Rogers | May 18, 2023

    Strong occupancy, falling availability keep momentum going.

  • Industrial and Multifamily Sectors Stay Resilient Amid Economic Headwinds

    Brian A. Lee | November 14, 2022

    Rent growth in both the industrial and apartment sectors continue to turn heads, according to Lee & Associates report.

  • Triple Net Investors Eye a Fresh Set of Assets

    Brian Lee | August 10, 2021

    Industrial product is increasingly turning the heads of retail net-lease investors, while multi-tenant retail has rallied from pandemic lows.

  • Industrial Sector Leads the Way in PA

    Brian Lee | May 13, 2021

    E-commerce is the key in the Keystone State, and a manufacturing resurgence is adding to the industrial momentum, according to Lee & Associates.

  • Office Market Takes Next Steps Toward Recovery

    Brian Lee | April 21, 2021

    A turbulent 2020 only made the office market stronger, and it's taking the renewed fortitude and versatility into a recovery of increasing opportunity.

  • Healthcare Investments Muscle Through COVID-Driven Downturn

    John Salustri | October 8, 2020

    Yes, there are some sidelined players. But Lee & Associates' JL Johnson reports that the core fundamentals remain strong enough to buoy the market.

  • How Long Can COVID Impact the Multifamily Market?

    John Salustri | July 27, 2020

    Even multifamily, the industry's "darling" investment type, couldn't escape COVID's ravages. But, says two Lee & Associates executives, there's all that dry powder.

  • Slowdown? What Slowdown? Lee Expands East Coast Footprint

    John Salustri | May 27, 2020

    This is an interesting time for expansion. But Lee & Associates continues to spread its wings – planting more flags in Boston, Massachusetts; Washington, D.C. and Naples, Florida. Lee CEO Jeff Rinkov provides the play-by-play.

  • Restaurants Cash in on Diners' Appetite for 'Experience'

    John Salustri | January 29, 2020

    Like the rest of the retail sector, restaurants are in a state of upheaval. But unlike many other types, performance remains strong. Of course, winners here need to know their market, says Lee & Associates.

  • Manhattan: A Tenants Market With Pockets of Good Landlord News

    John Salustri | December 27, 2019

    In this exclusive video from the show floor at the ICSC Deal Making Conference, the folks of Lee & Associates take us on a "talking tour" of New York City's retail outlook.

  • Features

    Brisk Williamsburg Retail Leasing Sparks Tenant Experimentation, Further Growth

    Mariah Brown | October 22, 2019

    To compete for and cater to residents in what is one of Brooklyn's most expensive submarkets, new and existing retailers are innovating their offerings outside of their traditional lane.

  • Lee & Associates Plans 2020 Road Map

    John Salustri | October 21, 2019

    Jeff Rinkov of Lee & Associates says next year will be expansive in more ways than one. Spoiler alert: Watch the coasts. 

  • Phoenix Rising: A Tale of Secondary-City Strength

    John Salustri | August 28, 2019

    We've all heard of the upsurge of traditionally secondary cities, especially as millennials establish themselves in markets that provide a host of made-for-the-market amenities. That's why Lee & Associates' Todd Braun is bullish on the Phoenix multifamily.

  • Lee's Tale of Not Two, but Three Cities

    John Salustri | June 11, 2019

    The retail transformation is alive and well on both coasts. So say Lee & Associates brokers from L.A., Charleston and Manhattan. Of course, there are major differences, allowing for size and local market culture, as Lee & Associates brokers explain.

  • Bricks to Clicks: Online Stores Get Real  

    John Salustri | May 16, 2019

    Take an online concept, add some brick and mortar and a pinch of Wow Factor, and before long you have a successful format. So say the brokers of Lee & Associates. 

  • News

    Veteran Manager Violette Brings 9M SF of NJ/PA Property to Lee & Associates

    Steve Lubetkin | February 12, 2019

    With David Violette's arrival, Lee & Associates New Jersey now manages more than 11 million square feet of New Jersey and Pennsylvania property.

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    What Holiday Retail Performance Means for 2019

    John Salustri | December 20, 2018

    Can retailers find comfort and joy this season? For Peter Braus of Lee & Associates NYC, the current economic and political landscape may play a larger role than we would want.

  • Thought Leadership;Video

    A Look Inside London's Industrial Challenges

    Kelsi Maree Borland | December 18, 2018

    London is balancing density and industrial demand, and Gerald Eve's Simon Prichard and Mark Trowell give us a look at the market.

  • Thought Leadership;Video

    The Benefits of a Full Service Platform

    Kelsi Maree Borland | December 13, 2018

    Lee & Associates New York  offers a full suite of services, from brokerage to property management, and the recently added residential team.

  • News

    Colliers Arranges Full Building Industrial Lease in Rolling Meadows to Perfect Turf

    Steve Lubetkin | December 13, 2018

    Venture One is upgrading the facility with an overhaul of the office space, and new HVAC units, a new roof and repaved parking lot.

  • Garment Center Street Redefines the Submarket

    John Salustri | December 3, 2018

    Capitalizing on its history, this Garment Center block is rebranding with a mix of traditional and new-age retail.

  • Thought Leadership;Video

    Lee & Associates Ushers in the Next Generation of Leaders

    Kelsi Maree Borland | November 29, 2018

    Lee & Associates' up-and-coming brokers talk about the firm's mentorship program, how they are using technology and why the firm's culture is attracting young brokers.

  • How Do L.A. and NYC Office Markets Stack Up?

    Kelsi Maree Borland | November 27, 2018

    At Lee & Associates' annual Broker's Summit in Las Vegas, Ken Salzman and Aleks Trifunovic highlight the stunning differences between L.A. and New York office properties.

  • Are NYC Legislators Turning Their Backs on Retail Landlords?

    John Salustri | November 19, 2018

    One might wonder, given recent pound-of-flesh ideas floating around City Hall.

  • Thought Leadership;Video

    Southeast Industrial Is Poised for Major Growth

    Kelsi Maree Borland | November 8, 2018

    The South Carolina Port Authority has experienced increasing cargo volumes and it is driving demand for industrial product throughout the Southeast.

  • Lee & Associates Sets Up for More National Growth

    Kelsi Maree Borland | November 5, 2018

    The largest broker-owned firm in the country is growing in select US markets and has plans for expansion in Canada and Mexico.

  • Manufacturing Is Alive and Well in Chicagoland

    John Salustri | October 30, 2018

    Recent manufacturing deals solidify the presence of two Euro-based corporations in America's heartland. Impending trade restrictions and tariffs helped seal the deals, but it was the inherent strength of the Chicago metro industrial market that sealed the deals.

  • Washington State Comes Down Off Its Pot High

    John Salustri | October 11, 2018

    Well, it couldn't last forever. The cannabis market is leveling off in Washington State, six  years after legalization. But as resistance slips inside the Beltway, the market could take another long hit.

  • Thought Leadership;Video

    Brokers a Big Factor in City Revitalization Efforts

    John Salustri | May 25, 2018

    In this exclusive RECon video interview, Jodi Shoemake of Lee & Associates Pasadena talks about the powerful impact a retail broker can have on a city's efforts to redefine itself.

  • Long Beach Moves to Raise Its Tertiary-City Status

    John Salustri | May 21, 2018

    Move over Reno. This L.A. submarket could be the next biggest little city.

  • Retail Broker Challenge: Go Beyond the Lease

    John Salustri | April 25, 2018

    In this day of dwindling foot traffic in the face of rising online sales, brokers need to go the next step to ensure their clients' brick-and-mortar success.

  • Many Moving Parts in Industrial Shipping

    John Salustri | April 12, 2018

    There's a lot of good news in the outlook for product distribution in the Southeast US. But that's not to say the market doesn't have its challenges.

  • NW Industrial Rediscovers Smaller Markets

    John Salustri | March 5, 2018

    It's a totally cyclical movement, but the industrial market around Seattle is seeking--and finding--development gold in secondary and tertiary markets.

  • Diversification Attracts Buyer to 11-Building MXD

    Carrie Rossenfeld | February 22, 2018

    The McFadden Center, a 184,737-square-foot retail, industrial and office complex here, sells to Horowitz Group, which was seeking an investment with dependable, diversified cash flow, learns EXCLUSIVELY.

  • How CA Property Owners Should Approach Insurance in 2018

    Carrie Rossenfeld | January 29, 2018

    Due to damage caused by wildfires and mudslides, property-insurance rates are likely to go up this year. speaks with two experts on how to approach your policy and what to avoid.

  • Thought Leadership;Video

    Capturing the Brooklyn Growth Phenom

    John Salustri | December 21, 2017

    A combination of edgy retailers and more established purveyors defines Brooklyn today, as Jaime Schultz of Lee & Associates states in this exclusive video interview from the ICSC New York Dealmaking Conference.

  • Thought Leadership;Video

    Pre-Approval Will Win Deals

    Kelsi Maree Borland | December 19, 2017

    Bank of America Merrill Lynch SVP Peter Drake and Lee & Associates CEO Jeff Rinkov give some insight into landing financing in this EXCLUSIVE video interview.

  • Thought Leadership;Video

    Multifamily Rental Demand Promises Strong Activity

    Kelsi Maree Borland | December 6, 2017

    Prices are increasing and cap rates continue to compress, but with strong rental demand, Lee & Associates experts Warren Berzack and Brian Pohl say to expect robust activity in this EXCLUSIVE video interview.

  • Should OC Brokers Jump on the “Green Rush” Bandwagon?

    Carrie Rossenfeld | December 5, 2017

    Prop 64 will increase industrial property values for the short term in North Costa Mesa and parts of Santa Ana by up to 40%, and industrial property rents in these areas could double, Lee's Jack Haley and Greg Diab tell

  • Craft Brewers Get Craftier About Location

    John Salustri | November 29, 2017

    A certain degree of landlord hesitation, set against other barriers to entry, are forcing many in this growing niche market to rethink their strategies.

  • Welcome to Brick-and-Mortar Retail 2.0

    John Salustri | November 21, 2017

    Retail has gone from big-box real estate, offering everything for everyone, to smaller footprints targeting customers through data-driven marketing. Thanks, Amazon!

  • Thought Leadership;Video

    Houston Hurricane Impact Unknown

    Kelsi Maree Borland | November 13, 2017

    Lee & Associates Houston leaders talk about the impact of Hurricane Harvey and how the office is helping the local community recover in this EXCLUSIVE video interview.

  • Thought Leadership;Video

    Tech, a Disruptor in Every Asset Class

    Kelsi Maree Borland | November 8, 2017

    From retail to office and industrial, brokers are thinking about how technology is going to impact the real estate market, reports in this EXCLUSIVE video interview.

  • Lee & Associates Preps For More Expansion

    Kelsi Maree Borland | October 26, 2017

    Lee & Associates leadership Jeff Rinkov and Brian Lynch talk about the future of the firm and its expansion goals in this EXCLUSIVE video interview.

  • Will Rising Nationalism Impact Real Estate?

    Kelsi Maree Borland | October 24, 2017

    Simon Prichard and Mark Trowell from UK brokerage firm Gerald Eve talk about how nationalism, from Brexit to unpredictable politics, is going to impact the real estate market.

  • Adding Value in a Shifting Office Environment

    John Salustri | October 19, 2017

    LOS ANGELES--No matter the time, the current point in the economic cycle or the area of discipline--be it investment, capital markets, brokerage or…

  • Net-Lease Investors Flee L.A.

    Kelsi Maree Borland | October 11, 2017

    Lee & Associates net lease experts Ryan Bennett and Ryan Barr explain why high prices are driving investors to look for opportunities in other markets in this EXCLUSIVE video interview.

  • Retail, Office Brokers of the World, Unite!

    John Salustri | September 19, 2017

    Changes are happening as office tenants look for “experience” and retailers bow to technology.

  • Event Coverage;;Thought Leadership;Video

    When It Comes to Retail, Don't Believe All You Hear

    John Salustri | May 30, 2017

    LAS VEGAS—Yes, there's some trouble in retail, but not all retail, and smart stores thrive. So says Lee and Associates Mark Kapnick. But why does he say, “Food users to the rescue?”

  • 'Generational' Means More Than Just 'Millennial'

    John Salustri | May 10, 2017

    INDIANAPOLIS—The retail market is being changed by millennials? Not so fast, says Lee & Associates' Scot Courtney.

  • Park It Here: Driverless Cars and the Office Market

    John Salustri | April 18, 2017

    PHOENIX—The future is coming at us at a breakneck pace—and it's riding in a driverless vehicle. What will that mean for the office market? Lee & Associates' Andrew Cheney gives us a peek.

  • Rinkov on Trump: A Time of Cautious Optimism

    John Salustri | March 22, 2017

    LOS ANGELES—The country in general and the industry in particular are getting a taste of what the Trump presidency is shaping up to be. Lee & Associates chief Jeffrey Rinkov weighs in on what he hopes for . . . and what he expects.


Company Info

Lee & Associates

Since 1979, Lee & Associates has been attracting the best and brightest in the industry who share an entrepreneurial spirit and commitment to delivering world-class service through local market expertise and state-of-the-art resources. Now a powerful organization of top professionals, the company enjoys its hard-earned reputation as a top tier international commercial real estate brokerage and integrated services provider.

Our structure makes our culture unique and attracts like-minded entrepreneurs who leverage their expertise to spur innovation and help Lee & Associates sustain a competitive advantage. As shareholders of the company this separates us from our competition and creates one common goal; to provide seamless, consistent execution and value driven market-to-market services to our clients. For more information on a career with Lee & Associates, visit


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