Omahans will start to see signage change on scores of building sites around the metro area to reflect an ownership shift at one of the area’s big commercial real estate companies.

The local CBRE/Mega, which has about 100 metro area professionals providing sales, leasing and project management services, has been purchased by the corporate CBRE Group Inc. based in Los Angeles.

Omaha’s Bennett Ginsberg, former owner, will continue to lead the local team as managing director. The local office has paid to be an affiliate of CBRE since 2000, but Ginsberg said becoming a full-fledged part of the 90,000-employee national group gives the local team better access to expertise in niche areas such as data and medical facilities and to the latest technology necessary for brokers to do their job well.

“They have made an investment and want to help Omaha grow,” said Ginsberg, who said the affiliate model has become less common in the corporate structure. “Our clients will benefit from CBRE’s broad spectrum of services, global reach and deep resources.”

Robert McGrath, a national CBRE spokesman, described the acquisition also as a sign of confidence in an active local real estate market. He and Ginsberg declined to disclose financial terms of the deal.

Founded in 1975, the local office will drop the part of its name that was the result of an earlier merger. Its base will remain at 11213 Davenport St.

Ginsberg said that over the next several months, 400 or so signs on more than 5.5 million square feet of property will be switched to reflect the ownership change.

He foresees a benefit to sharing ideas with corporate peers from other cities, and said he doesn’t see a downside to the firm’s ownership leaving Omaha.

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Meanwhile, in signs of an active commercial real estate market in the metro area, some other moves:

» Locally owned Investors Realty has a new location.

Growth, along with desire for fresh modern space to help recruit talent, spurred the relocation to about 16,000 square feet at 12500 I St., said R.J. Neary, president. That gives his team about 60% more room.

Neary said Investors Realty, which has about 60 people, in recent years doubled the property that it manages to more than 6 million square feet today.

While Investors Realty brokers also do some work outside the region, Neary said he prefers keeping company ownership local and believes the Internet has “leveled the playing field between larger and smaller companies.”

“We can make more nimble decisions that work in Omaha, not Hong Kong,” he said. “Our team likes to be seated next to decision-makers and not getting direction in an email from Chicago.”

» The previous merger of two Omaha residential real estate powers has led to changes in office sites.

Now operating under the Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Ambassador Real Estate name, the former CBSHome’s headquarters at 159th Street and West Dodge Road has closed and a new office has opened in the Regency area.

An open house was held last week at 10404 Essex Court, where about 110 agents will be based on that main level.

Most of the merged staff of about 930 works from the company’s headquarters near 180th Street and West Dodge Road, said Chief Executive Vince Leisey, who said it made no sense to maintain two large west Omaha sites.

The company is a wholly owned subsidiary of HomeServices of America Inc., a Berkshire Hathaway affiliate.

» White Lotus Group, a real estate development company, also relocated its headquarters to the Regency area building at 10404 Essex Court.

Founder Arun Agarwal said that about half of the 12,000-square-foot space will be used by co-working partners and the rest by the 20-person corporate team. White Lotus’ former midtown home at 105 N. 31st Ave. now is occupied by marketing firm Emspace + Lovgren.

» The Omaha office of Colliers International has shifted leaders in the wake of an ownership transfer from founder Jay Noddle and partner John Waldbaum to executives Kyle Peterson, Mike Potthoff, Ed Fleming and Jeffrey Wyatt.

Potthoff is now president and Peterson is chairman and chief executive of the local commercial real estate firm, which has about 60 employees. Waldbaum remains an active broker and Michael Miller maintained equity in the business, and also continues as a broker.

The ownership shift won’t change the local office’s privately held structure, said Peterson, who said it remains fully owned and managed by the local leaders. The local office pays a fee to the national Colliers to be affiliated with its larger organization.

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