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Chris Benton joined Newmark Knight Frank in 2015 as a director with the Palmer team where he oversees all aspects of the transaction process including valuation, pricing strategy, marketing, due diligence, negotiating purchase and sale agreements and business development. Prior to joining Newmark Knight Frank, Mr. Benton was a sales director at CBRE with the Southern California Institutional Properties Multifamily Group where he was directly associated with over $3 billion in sales, debt and equity financing from 2013 to 2015. Sample transactions while there include the $300 million sale of Palazzo Westwood Village; the $200 million sale of 8th+Hope in downtown Los Angeles; the $194 million sale of the Alliance Residential SoCal Portfolio; the $126 million sale of The Hesby in North Hollywood; the $70.5 million sale of Elevé Lofts and Skydeck in Glendale; the $32 million sale of entitled land in Playa Vista; the $40 million sale of entitled land in Hollywood; the $82 million sale of Archstone Vanoni Ranch in Ventura and the $84 million value-add sale of Fountains at Moorpark.
Before that, Mr. Benton worked at Eastdil Secured where he performed market research analyses and prepared offering materials for the sale of many significant (over $100 million) property transactions.
Recent Clients: Alliance Residential • AvalonBay • Bank of the Ozarks • BlackRock • Carmel Partners • Champion Real Estate • Clarion Partners • CPPIB • Crescent Heights • Decron • Deutsche Asset & Wealth Management • Dinerstein Companies • EHB Companies • Equity Residential • ES Ring • Essex • GE Capital • INVESCO • JB Matteson • JH Snyder Company • JP Morgan Asset Management • LaSalle Investments • Legacy Partners • Lincoln Property • Mill Creek Residential • Morgan Stanley • Principal Real Estate Investors • Prudential • Raintree Partners • Redwood Urban • Related Group • Rockwood Capital • RREEF • Sares-Regis • Sequoia Equities • The Wolff Company • TIAA-CREF • UBS • UDR • Wood Partners
Mr. Benton received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration, with a major in marketing and a minor in management from the Leeds School of Business at the University of Colorado. He is a Los Angeles native with an extensive and intimate knowledge of Southern California and its real estate fundamentals. Mr. Benton was born in Pacific Palisades and is an alumni of Loyola High School.