Though individual sales have driven 2015’s robust sales pace, a number of notable portfolio sales closed in the first half of 2015, according to Real Capital Analytics. With a couple of REIT privatizations closing, the second half of the year promises bigger deals ahead.

Here are the top five transactions from the year's first half:

Rank/Portfolio

Price (in millions)

Buyer

1.  Gables Buyout

$2,976.5

Clarion Partners

2.  Blackstone  Apartment Portfolio

$650.0

Strata Equity Group JV

3.  JH Real Estate Southern California Apartment Portfolio

$481.9

TruAmerica Multifamily JV Guardian Life Insurance

4.  Brookfield Virginia Apartment Portfolio

$433.5

Redbrick Partners JV David Werner RE

5.  Dermot JV Principal Real Investors NY Apartments

$360.0

A&E Real Estate