Market conditions propelled 2005 agency and brokerage mergers and acquisitions to their second-highest volume since 2000, and indications are that another boom year could be coming. The M&A world saw new and emerging players as well as niche market growth, but there also was evidence of pressure on both sides of the buying and selling equation.

To better understand today’s marketplace and prospects for near-term consolidation, it is important to have a clear view of 2005 M&A activity. After examining last year’s statistics, I’ll explore consolidation trends while also looking at recent entrants and the appetite of other buyers.

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