Cushman & Wakefield Adds Austrian Muscle

If the CB Richard Ellis and Cushman & Wakefield commercial brokerage rivalry is the most entertaining in real estate, it’s even better downtown, where the two brokerages are truly the only moving forces.

 Cushman & Wakefield Adds Austrian MuscleC & W announced this week that their superstar team fielding the likes of Larry Tannenbaum, Frank Cento and Andy Peretz just got a little stronger: Joseph Harbert managed to pluck away Bernhard Weinstabel, the multi-lingual, bronze-faced, foreign-tenant expert and Austrian native from GVA Williams. Mr. Weinstabel, who speaks German, English, French and Japanese, also spent some time at CBRE.

Real-estate brokers tend to describe one another (privately) in one of two ways: either as a really nice guy or a major-league asshole. Mr. Weinstabel’s downtown peers describe him as one of the nicest guys you’ll meet.

- John Koblin