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How We Started

Colliers International proudly traces its roots back to a local firm founded 1898. Today, our offices in 68 countries are aligned under a single brand and leadership, providing our clients with best-in-class resources while maintaining our historical flexibility and local ties.

Colliers was one of the first truly global commercial real estate organizations, formed more than 30 years ago as a network of independent firms. As client needs evolved, Colliers embraced the the opportunity to build an integrated global platform of professionals and property services to meet the demand for globally consistent service, accountability and integration.

Our local history

Our local Houston office was founded in 1957 by Leslie L. Appelt and in 1994 joined Colliers International as a shareholder firm known as Colliers Appelt Womack, Incorporated. In 2000, our name changed to Colliers International to better reflect the evolution of our global breadth in commercial real estate services.

Colliers International has provided commercial real estate solutions for over 50 years to many of Houston’s leading corporations, institutions and small businesses. Our service lines include:

> Tenant and Landlord Representation
> Buyer and Seller Representation
> Local & Global Corporate Real Estate Solutions
> Site Selection Facilitation & Consultation
> Investment Property Acquisition & Disposition
> Sale-Leaseback Facilitation
> Land Sales Representation
> Development Consultation
> Property Management
> Multi-family Investments



Optimal Solutions

At Colliers International, we strive to understand the challenges facing our client. This diligence extends to communicating how our services will interface with the management structure and field operations of the client. Once we have agreement on the optimal solution, we implement decisively and document the process. Finally, we manage the result to ensure that the desired outcome is achieved.

Improved Efficiency

We are constantly searching for creative ways to offer the most effective property solutions to satisfy our client’s business needs. A key aspect of this is the significant cost savings that can often be achieved for clients by looking at their real estate portfolios on a national, regional or global basis, identifying specific opportunities for cost reduction and improved efficiency.

Did You Know?

Colliers was one of the first global companies to expand operations in Asia, Central Europe and Latin America. We're committed to providing our clients with access to emerging markets around the world.