Joel Yakovac | Colliers International | Columbus

Joel Yakovac


Senior Executive Vice President | Principal

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Professional Summary

Joel R. Yakovac is a member of the Columbus Industrial Team at Colliers International along with Michael Linder, SIOR, Shane Woloshan, SIOR, Jonathan Schuen, SIOR, Kyle Ghiloni, and Molly Crosby, Joel specializes in industrial sales and leasing. He focuses on new business development and prospecting new tenants, buyers, landlords and sellers. Joel works with local companies throughout Central Ohio as well as large corporations across the United States.

Through extensive work, the willingness to go above and beyond and a vast grasp of the Columbus industrial market, Joel ensures clients have professional and efficient representation to expedite successful transactions.




  • Colliers International Everest Club, 2015-2016, 2018, 2019
  • Columbus Realtors Achievements
  • Top Producer - 2015 to 2019
  •  Largest Transaction - 2009, 2013, & 2019
  • Largest Sale - 2019
  • 1031 Exchange Award - 2019
  • Commercial/Investment Advisory
    • Board Committee Member
    • Chair of Columbus Board of
      Realtors C/I Membership
  • Co-Star Top Broker for Industrial Leasing transactions, 2006 - 2017
  • Midwest Real Estate Hall of Fame, 2015
  • Member, Ohio Association of Realtors
  • Member, National Association of Realtors Member, Society


Bachelor of Science in Business Administration-Finance and Real Estate Major, University of Cincinnati

Memberships & Involvements

Columbus Board of Realtors, Ohio Association of Realtors, National Association of Realtors, Society of Industrial & Office Realtors (SIOR)


• Asplundh Construction Corp.
• Avnet
• Cabot Properties
• Cambridge Hanover
• DCT Industrial
• DHL/Exel
• Direct Buy
• Duke Realty Corporation
• Eaton Vance
• Edison Welding Institute
• ETAK systems
• Faurecia
• First Industrial
• Flodraulic Group
• Hackman Capital
• Helena Chemical Company
• Holland Roofing, Inc.
• HSA Commercial Real Estate
• Indcor
• Industrial Realty Group
• Invesco
• Kroger Company
• Lanter Delivery Systems, Inc.

• Liberty Property Trust
• Limited Stores
• Meritex Properties, Inc.
• MSC Industrial
• Nestle Waters, NA
• Nifco
• Opus
• Otis Elevator
• Plymouth Industrial
• Polaris Sales
• PPG Industries
• ProLogis
• Raymond Storage Concepts
• Rogue Fitness
• Roto-Rooter Services Company
• Sears
• Smyth Automotive
• Sunlife
• TwinMed, LLC
• Thirty-One Gifts
• Welsh
• Wilmington Investors


"Joel understood what our needs were...outstanding work in assisting us to get a zoning variance, this was pivotal in getting the transaction closed...we would be happy to recommend you and your services to anyone who has industrial needs in Central Ohio."
~Brantley Dreisbach
Dreisbach Wholesale Florists, Inc.


Service Lines
Landlord Representation, Tenant Representation
Property Type
Industrial, Land

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Featured Research
Sep 30, 2020
2020 Q3 Industrial Trends Columbus Colliers
The Columbus industrial market continued a strong year with a record third quarter, posting 3,660,680 square feet of positive net absorption. The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has caused the already rising e-commerce industry to skyrocket in recent months, indicated by an influx of demand from these types of users. Due to this sustained demand, Columbus has seen absorption greater than 1 million square feet in 12 of the past 13 quarters. Additionally, this quarter marks the highest absorption in a single quarter since 2016. Despite recording positive absorption, vacancy slightly increased to 4.9 percent, as nearly 1 million square feet of new available speculative development was added to the market. This first-class space also caused overall and warehouse/distribution rates to rise, to $3.88 per square foot and $3.67 per square foot, respectively. In the past quarter, more than 4 million square feet of product broke ground and the number of users looking for industrial space increased from 102 to 120 tenants, demonstrating the strength of the industrial market. Central Ohio can expect continued activity in coming months as COVID-19 fuels growth in the industrial sector.
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Jun 30, 2020
2020 Q2 Industrial Trends Columbus Colliers
Despite uncertainty regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, the Columbus industrial market had a strong second quarter, recording 2,768,540 square feet of positive absorption. As a result of sustained demand in the market, Columbus has seen absorption greater than 1 million square feet in 11 of the past 12 quarters. Although absorption was positive this quarter, vacancy remained steady at 4.56%, as over 1.5 million square feet of completed speculative development was added to the market. This prime new space also caused overall asking rates and warehouse/distribution rates to increase, to $3.67 per square foot and $3.50 per square foot, respectively. The second quarter demonstrated the explosive growth of e-commerce, which is booming even more due to coronavirus. Companies like Amazon, Walmart and Sheseido continue to expand in Central Ohio, occupying first-class warehouse space. With nearly 9 million square feet of development under construction and 102 industrial tenants currently looking for space in the market, Columbus can anticipate consistent activity this year as the country works to recover from the effects of COVID-19.
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Mar 31, 2020
2020 Q1 Industrial Trends Report Columbus Colliers
The Columbus industrial market started the year on a positive note, recording 2,060,165 square feet of net absorption. In 10 of the past 11 quarters, the region has experienced absorption greater than 1 million square feet - a true testament to strong leasing activity, investment and development. This positive absorption drove vacancy down to 4.55 percent, which is over 30 basis points lower than a year ago. Overall asking rates remained stable at $3.44 per square foot, with rates for warehouses at $3.23 per square foot. General industrial properties saw the largest incline to $3.67 per square foot. The first quarter demonstrated growing demand from e-commerce companies and logistics providers, as Hormel Foods Corporation, Hims Inc., Hyperlogistics Group and FNS Inc. collectively leased over 1 million square feet around Central Ohio. These industries will continue to drive activity in Columbus, due to the area’s large influx of first-class industrial development. Construction activity remains solid with more than 8 million square feet of product currently underway - a majority of which is expected to reach completion throughout 2020.
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Featured News
May 30, 2019
2019 Top Producers Award Release
Colliers International | Greater Columbus Region is proud to announce that they are home to five of the ten Top Producers at the Columbus Board of Realtors Commercial Awards.
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