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Steve Nilsson | Colliers | Minneapolis - Downtown

Steve Nilsson


Vice President

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Professional Summary

A 28-year veteran of the commercial real estate industry, I joined Colliers MN in 2007. I specialize in industrial sales and leasing, serving as a landlord, tenant and owner representative for clients across the greater Twin Cities metro area. My clients include Link Industrial Properties, First Industrial Realty Trust and Brennan Investment Group. I hold both SIOR and CCIM real estate designations and am licensed in Minnesota. Outside of work, I volunteer my time with Tee It Up for the Troops, the St. Thomas Academy CadetWorks mentorship program, and my son’s baseball team in the City of St. Paul. I currently reside with my family in Mendota Heights, Minnesota.

As a member of the Colliers MN brokerage team, I am completely focused on accelerating the success of my clients.


Significant Listing Assignments

  • Link Industrial Properties MN Portfolio, 2.0 Million SF listing including space in: Eagan, Brooklyn Park, Brooklyn Center, Burnsville, Crystal, Golden Valley, New Brighton and Roseville. 
  • Interstate North Distribution Center I & II, Brooklyn Park 
  • Centre Pointe Business Center, Roseville
  • For sale land listings in Mendota Heights and St. Croix County, WI
  • 6250 Ridgewood Road, St. Cloud, Minnesota: 545,000 SF industrial space for lease

Awards and Recognition

  • Recently named Colliers Team Lead for leasing assignment of largest industrial real estate transaction to ever change hands in Minnesota: 2.0 million SF portfolio 
  • Best in Real Estate’s Lease Transaction of the Year, Mpls/St. Paul Business Journal, 2010
  • Industrial Transaction of the Year, MNCAR, 2006 & 2008

Community Service/Volunteering

  • Volunteer - Tee It Up for the Troops  (Sponsorhip Co-Chair, Mendakota Country Club Event 2015 - 2019)
  • St. Thomas Academy / Fort Snelling Cemetery clean-up crew - Annually
  • St. Thomas Academy - CadetWorks Internship  Program - Annually 
  • Baseball Coach - St. Paul (Highland Ball) Association  


  • Highland Catholic
  • St. Thomas Academy
  • University of St. Thomas

Memberships & Involvements

  • SIOR (Society of Industrial and Office Realtors)
  • CCIM (Certified Commercial Investment Member)


Service Lines

Landlord Representation, Tenant Representation

Property Type

Industrial, Office, Land

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Featured Research

Apr 21, 2022

Q1 2022 Industrial Market Report Minneapolis-St. Paul

The Minneapolis-St. Paul Industrial market remains hot, although evidence of a cool down has begun to emerge. Positive trends include net absorption reaching 2.2 million SF further reducing vacancy to new historic lows.
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Jan 24, 2022

Q4 2021 Industrial Market Report Minneapolis-St. Paul

The 4th quarter of 2021 saw continued growth of the industrial sector. With over 3 million square feet of positive absorption, vacancy rates continue to push to a new low as developers struggle to keep up with demand.
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Oct 22, 2021

Q3 2021 Industrial Market Report Minneapolis-St. Paul

Minneapolis shares the national spotlight on industrial assets with more than 5.4 M square feet under construction – and significantly more on the horizon.
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