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Countrywide industrial actual estate agency Lee & Associates starts developing Richmond existence

John Colan, remaining, and Josh Simon are foremost Lee & Associates’ expansion into Richmond. (Photograph courtesy of Lee & Associates)

Wanting to get a piece of Richmond’s thriving marketplace, a important industrial serious estate brokerage from the West Coastline has not long ago planted its flag in town.

Southern California-dependent Lee & Associates is building its original press into the region, starting with a small group on the hunt for listings.

The exertion is led by Josh Simon, John Colan and Pierson Kreutzer from the firm’s Washington, D.C. place of work. Simon, a president at Lee & Associates, claimed the objective is to sooner or later retain the services of a area team on the floor at a official Richmond office environment.

Founded in 1979, Lee & Associates has in excess of 1,500 agents and 70 places of work throughout North The usa, every single of which is broker-owned. Simon reported the business performs on all kinds of bargains such as expense sales, growth internet sites, leasing and more. He explained the privately held firm did around $18 billion in income past calendar year.

As Lee’s D.C. office environment has developed due to the fact launching in 2019, Simon said Richmond step by step stood out as a spot poised for development, prompting the agency to expand into the location.

“What we’re looking at is this money need pushing even further south into other regions like Richmond, Raleigh and Charlotte and other spots,” Simon reported. “There’s this gap in amongst (Charlotte and D.C.). We definitely see Richmond as an area that’s definitely continuing to grow, and we’re going to see far more migration from down here for a long time.”

The firm’s purchasers had also taken detect of Richmond.

“It was our personal consumers stating to us, ‘Hey Josh, hey John, find us opportunities in Richmond and the surrounding spot for land advancement, building repurposing or just investment deals,’” Simon said. “It was a perform of our shoppers telling us, ‘We want to split into that region.’”

The group mentioned they’re in talks on their very first Richmond-spot listings but just can’t divulge too numerous particulars just nevertheless. Simon explained they’ve historically finished discounts involving $5 million and $50 million, but that their “bread-and-butter is $10 million to $20 million financial commitment deals.”

Colan, a Richmond native and UVA alum, has been performing almost like a tour guidebook for his colleagues.

“We’ve spent a great deal of hrs in the vehicle just driving all-around,” Colan stated. “It’s been about comprehending the narrative of a neighborhood or even 1 specific creating and having (Simon and Kreutzer) up to velocity on that so we can talk fluently about the tale we could convey to when marketing and advertising a web-site.”

Lee’s expansion into Richmond arrives about six months just after a nationwide residential brokerage arrived in town. In the spring, Compass expanded into Richmond by obtaining a pair of broker teams at Joyner Good Homes and Liz Moore & Associates.