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Karl Niehaus

Karl Niehaus

Founder & CEO

Real Estate Accomplishments:
2006 – Promoted to Senior Advisor – NEA
2007 – Promoted to Head of Leasing department
2010 – #1 Broker for Closed Transactions
2011 – President of Commercial Property Sales & Leasing - CREI
2012 – #1 Leasing Broker in LA County & Bronze Award for Closed Transactions
2013 - #1 Broker for Closed Transactions & #2 Broker for Listings signed
2014 - #1 Producing Agent - Double Gold
2015 - #1 Producing Agent - Quadruple Gold
2016 - #1 Producing Agent - Platinum

Karl Niehaus, an award-winning Los Angeles broker, is president of Commercial Real Estate Investments (CREI). Karl has specialized in retail and office sales & leasing in Los Angeles County since 2003. Karl grew up in real estate. Karl's father started one of the most successful development companies in South Africa. Karl worked with his father on development projects over summer breaks, sparking his interest in real estate. Karl's family still owns and manages retail & automotive properties in South Africa. Karl moved to California in 2001 to attend and play water polo for Pepperdine University. Karl has represented South Africa in 3 Water Polo World Championships and was selected for All-American honors while playing for Pepperdine. Graduating from Pepperdine with a Bachelor of Science in Finance, Karl moved straight into commercial real estate.

In 2003, Karl started with Marcus & Millichap. At the same time, Karl also worked as an apartment manager, managing various apartment buildings from 20 - 63 Units. In 2006, Karl was recruited to join National Equity Advisors, Inc (NEA), where he was promoted to a Senior Advisor and headed up the leasing department. In 2011, Karl became president of CREI, where he heads up retail and office sales & leasing. 

Outside of real estate, Karl continues to play water polo and founded Santa Monica Water Polo Club helping elementary, middle & high school kids learn the sport. Karl lives in Santa Monica with his wife Lisa and two children Jayden and Miles.

To contact Karl Niehaus – (310) 880-7900 or KarlNiehaus@CREI.biz

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