Our History

NorthMarq, the largest privately held commercial real estate financial intermediary in the U.S., provides mortgage banking and commercial loan servicing in 34 offices coast to coast. With more than $10 billion in annual production volume and servicing a loan portfolio of more than $41 billion, the company offers expertise to borrowers of all size. The company has a long track record of multi-family financing as a Freddie Mac Program Plus� Seller-Servicer, and through its affiliation with Fannie Mae DUS lender AmeriSphere Multifamily Finance. In addition, NorthMarq has long loan production and loan servicing relationships with more than 50 life companies, many CMBS platforms and hundreds of local, regional and national banks.

NorthMarq boasts a unique history. During the course of half a century, market conditions and other factors influenced decisions about the best way to effectively serve clients.

The Hamm Era
We can trace our roots to 1916 when the Hamm family, founders and owners of the Theodore Hamm Brewing Company, formed United Properties Incorporated as part of a plan to reorganize the brewing company. United Properties would acquire all property not used in the brewing business. During the next 30 years, United Properties acquired or established new companies and became the parent company to a diverse mix of business interests.

One of those companies was General Mortgage Investments, acquired in 1962. United Properties established the commercial division of GMI to provide mortgage banking services to the commercial real estate industry.

The Northland Company Era
When Edward H. Hamm acquired control of United Properties in 1967, the company name changed to The Northland Company to better represent the company's diverse businesses. The United Properties name was given to The Northland Company's real estate division. Not long after, General Mortgage Investments was renamed Northland Mortgage Company.

In 1984, changes in the residential mortgage industry prompted The Northland Company to sell Northland Mortgage. In anticipation, the commercial division was incorporated as Northland Financial and not included in the sale.

The Pohlad Era
Northland Financial was sold to the Pohlad family in 1998 and became part of the Marquette Financial Companies portfolio of operating companies. Ultimately the company was renamed NorthMarq Capital.

Expanding the Business
During the 1970s the commercial operations expanded to St. Louis and Kansas City; and in the early 1980s offices were opened in Denver and Phoenix. By the late 1980s an expansion on the West Coast occurred with offices opening in Los Angeles, San Diego and San Francisco. In 1998, we opened an office in Chicago, strengthening our Midwest presence.
Through growth and acquisition, we have built a truly nationwide presence. Beginning 1998, several companies and operations have joined the NorthMarq organization:

  • Stockton, Luedemann, French/Jackson & West
    Houston and Dallas 1998
  • Trowbridge, Kieselhorst & Company
    San Francisco 2000
  • Askew/Reese Investment Company
    Dallas 2001
  • Legg Mason Real Estate Services (mortgage banking operations)
    17 offices along East Coast 2003
  • James R. Poole & Company
    New Jersey 2004
  • AmeriSphere Multifamily Finance, LLC (40% interest)
    Omaha based Fannie Mae DUS lender 2004
  • First Monroe
    Rochester, New York 2006
  • Baird & Warner Real Estate Finance
    Chicago 2007
  • Crouse & Associates
    Raleigh 2008
  • New England Realty Resources
    Boston 2012

In 2008, NorthMarq Capital became part of the newly formed Marquette Real Estate Group and joined NorthMarq Real Estate Services in providing comprehensive commercial real estate services to clients. In 2011, NorthMarq Real Estate Services formed a joint venture with Cushman Wakefield, and NorthMarq returned to its roots as a provider of commercial real estate mortgage banking services.

The holding company of NorthMarq Capital and Cushman & Wakefield/NorthMarq is now known as NorthMarq Companies.