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Team / Joe Banyai


After 39 years in the industry, Joe has become one of the state’s top commercial real estate brokers.  He specializes in industrial and hi-tech brokerage in the I-75 corridor and is a vacant land/build-to-suit expert.  Many local business owners and municipalities utilize his expertise as a real estate consultant.  His expertise also includes sale-lease backs, investment sales and sophisticated multi-property transactions for tax-deferred exchanges.  Joe has been named Michigan Association of Realtors – Realtor of the Year and Michigan Commercial Broker of the Year.  He was also named Michigan Commercial Realtor of the Year, Local Realtor of the Year and was named the Top Salesperson for Signature’s Industrial Division.  Joe is a founding Principal of Signature Associates.

Affiliations & Education

  • 2020 Midwest Commercial Real Estate Hall of Fame
  • 2016 Chairman, Realtor Legal Action Committee
  • 2008 Realtor of the Year, Michigan Association of Realtors
  • 2008 Broker of the Year, Michigan Commercial
  • 2008 President, Real Estate Answer Forum (REAF)
  • 2007-2009 Member, Oakland County Business Roundtable
  • 2008 Member, National Association of Realtors Legal Action Committee
  • 2006 Regional Vice President, National Association of Realtors (NAR)
  • 2003 President, Michigan Association of Realtors (MAR)
  • Member, Oakland County Sheriff’s Advisory Council
  • Member, Commercial Board of Realtors (CBOR)
  • Alumni, Michigan State University
  • Seminar Presenter: “Prospects to Paychecks: The Nuts and Bolts of Completing a Real Estate Transaction”, “Prospects to Paychecks:  The Nuts and Bolts of a Build-to-Suit” and in 2006, “Commercial Real Estate 101”: 10 Key Traits For a Successful Broker.
  • Board of Directors, Birmingham YMCA


  • Allegra Development
  • Bank of America
  • Burton Katzman
  • Charter One Bank
  • Continental North America
  • Controlled Power
  • Cunningham/Limp
  • EDAG, Inc.
  • Fidelity Bank
  • Fifth Third Bank
  • First Industrial Realty Trust
  • Flagstar Bank
  • Ford Land
  • Frito-Lay
  • General Development
  • General Motors
  • Huntington Bank
  • Levine Group
  • Liberty Property Trust
  • Magna International
  • Mahindra
  • Pitney-Bowes
  • Private Bank
  • Robotic Production Technology
  • United States Postal Service
  • Woodbridge Group

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