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Greater Boston Commercial Real Estate Brokerage Firm


Founded in 1976 by Robert Holmes, Robert was seen as an industry pioneer when he established R.W. Holmes as one of the first Massachusetts suburban brokerage firms. His market insight and entrepreneurial spirit proved a success as R.W. Holmes has been at the cornerstone of some of the most noteworthy real estate deals in Greater Boston. A third generation family business and now under the leadership of Garry Holmes, the firm has continued to be recognized as a leading real estate advisory firm, consistently ranking in the top 10 for sales and leasing, and a thought leader for the suburban market. The pride in being a family business focuses solely on the firm’s ability to uphold the character and vision set by Robert Holmes over 45 years ago – performing business at the highest integrity, with an entrepreneurial spirit, and with extensive market knowledge to ensure our clients are getting the best service possible.

The Top Independent Firm in Massachusetts

R.W. Holmes Realty is the top independent commercial real estate firm in Massachusetts. We have stayed independent for one sole reason – to best serve our clients. When there are no shareholders involved with separate agendas, our brokers focus only on providing their expertise customized to our clients’ exact needs. Being independent allows our firm to stay agile, adapting quickly to trends we see in the market, providing new services as clients needs change, and acquiring the latest technology or process improvements that provide the best client experience. We pride ourselves on being your full service real estate advisor. Staying independent has made us focus heavily on knowing all the players in our industry to align our clients with the best team for their real estate needs.

The Local Expert

R.W. Holmes has a client base that extends from the suburbs into the Boston/Cambridge markets. Our brokers have over 260 years of collective industry experience and know the Greater Boston market intimately. As our clients grow and expand, R.W. Holmes provides transaction services nationally and internationally, connecting with local market experts to determine the optimal location, taking into account market dynamics, demographics, and economic nuances.

Connected Locally, Nationally, and Internationally

Our connections and reputation in the industry are one of our greatest strengths. To keep our clients interests aligned with their real estate goals, we stay focused on knowing the local, national, and international players to provide our clients with the best team to execute the strategy. R.W. Holmes president, Garry Holmes, has served as President of the SIOR (Society of Industrial and Office Realtors) New England Chapter, and currently sits on the Board of Directors. SIOR is a global professional organization that certifies commercial real estate service providers with the exclusive SIOR designation. This certification is bestowed upon individuals who adhere to the highest levels of accountability and ethical standards.

Recognition for Going the Extra Mile

We are proud to be recognized by our industry peers for our successes over the 40+ year history of R.W. Holmes. Since the award was created in 2005, R.W. Holmes has been recognized annually as a Power Broker by the CoStar Group, Inc.; the leading provider of commercial real estate information, analytics and online marketplaces. The Power Broker designation recognizes firms and individuals who have closed the highest transaction volume in commercial property sales and leases throughout the year. Brokers at the firm have also been recognized with other industry awards such as: the SIOR (Society of Industrial and Office Realtors) “International Deal of the Year”, SIOR’s “Largest Dollar Volume Transaction”, the Greater Boston Real Estate Board “Suburban Office Deal of the Year”, and the “Multi-Million Dollar Sales and Leasing Club” award from the Greater Boston Real Estate Board.

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