Colliers Expands in Houston to Broaden Base in Fort Bend County

by CoyDavidson on June 6, 2010

Colliers International, Curtice Commercial Real Estate Join Forces

Curtice Commercial Real Estate, a longstanding power player in commercial real estate in Sugarland and Fort Bend County, has joined Colliers International.

Kolbe Curtice, president of Curtice Commercial is excited about combining his team’s intimate knowledge of the Fort Bend market with the global coverage and resources of Colliers International.  “Colliers International is a $2 billion dollar company with incredible tools and professionals that we will be able to leverage for our clients here locally and around the world.” Curtice said, “I have been talking with the Colliers partners in Houston for several years.  We share the same commitment to doing the best possible job for our clients, bringing an entrepreneurial eye to commercial real estate requirements and integrity.  This is a good fit for both firms”.

“Opening an office in Fort Bend County is a logical next step in our growth plans and Kolbe Curtice’s team represents the best of the best in Fort Bend. Curtice Commercial has been helping shape Sugarland and Fort Bend County for over 15 years.” said Patrick Duffy, president of Colliers Houston office.

Charlie Herder, Co-Chairman of Colliers in Houston has been active both professionally and personally in Fort Bend County for over 20 years. “Fort Bend is one of the fastest growing markets in the United States.  With this addition, our clients with requirements in the southwest Houston/Fort Bend submarkets will be much better served” Herder said. “I am looking forward to working closely with Kolbe and his team in Fort Bend.”

Colliers and Curtice expect to bring the total number of brokers in the Fort Bend office to five or six from the current three within two months.  Curtice will act as the managing director of the Fort Bend office.

Kolbe Curtice, president of Curtice Commercial, says 95 percent of his business is conducted inside Fort Bend County.When he formed the company 15 years ago, Curtice chose to set up shop near his home in Sugar Land rather than in the Galleria area. Even so, he did not foresee all of his work taking place in the Houston suburb.

Curtice Commercial focuses on finding office and retail space for tenants, and buying and selling properties for owners. Prior to the economic meltdown, the brokerage firm also did some development work. “I’ve been able to create a niche here,” says Curtice, who will now serve as managing director of Colliers’ Fort Bend office.

Curtice says he’s been talking to Colliers about a partnership deal for more than two years because the boutique firm needed to offer more services. “I knew I had to do something,” he says. “I needed to grow the company myself or I needed to affiliate with someone.” Curtice Commercial will benefit from a laundry list of services offered by Colliers — such as property management, consulting, appraisal and mortgage banking.

This expansion is part of a global strategy that Colliers is following to invest in and grow their platform while the commercial real estate market is struggling.  The goal is to be in the best possible position as the market recovers.  Colliers has increased their global coverage from 290 to over 480 offices and added over 3,000 (now over 15,000) professionals worldwide in the past two months.

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