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We are an employee owned, full-service commercial real estate brokerage, property management, and development company that has been creating value in the St. Louis region for its clients and investors for over 40 years.

Since 1979 we have dedicated ourselves to creating value through commercial real estate brokerage, investment, property management and development services for our clients, investor partners and local communities.

Gary Balke founded the company with a commitment to quality building design and meeting the needs of tenants. This commitment continues to drive our company as we have expanded from our roots as an office building developer/manager into a leading real estate services provider with expertise in office, retail, industrial, medical, and multi-family properties.

Today company executives Steve Brown and Mike Donovan lead a team of 147 people focused on building our reputation as an entrepreneurial value creator with the highest integrity where the needs of our customers always come first. Those customers include institutional owners, pension funds, REITS, fortune 500 companies, local partnerships and successful local entrepreneurs.

Balke Brown Transwestern is one of the largest commercial real estate firms in St. Louis and the Metro East. BBTW’s Management/Leasing/Development portfolio includes over 60 projects containing over 7.0 million square feet.

Balke Brown Transwestern’s partnership with Transwestern in December 2011 has strengthened our outreach nationally/internationally within our brokerage and investment services teams.

Balke Brown Transwestern formed our multi-family residential services division in 2012 and has formally operated under the 2B Residential name since 2017. At 2B Residential we’re experts in turning apartments into more than places people live – these are places people are proud to call home! 2B Residential is one of the most respected and fastest-growing multi-family property management companies in the Midwest. We serve market-leading properties in St. Louis and Southwest Illinois. Our portfolio includes 26 communities with 4,745 of the region’s most sought-after residential units. Our impressive culture has led to a three time win as Property Management Company of the Year (2016, 2018 & 2020) as awarded by the St. Louis Apartment Association.