Welcome to the official blog of Block Real Estate Services, LLC (BRES). BRES seeks to offer insight and news concerning commercial real estate, financial investments, construction and development of the 212 communities we serve locally and nationally.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Employing an Architect Achieves Successful Development Projects

Kevin Berman of Hoefer Wysocki Architecture lends his insight on the role and contribution of an architect to the dollars and sense of successful development projects. 

When exploring a go, no-go decision on a potential development project, employing an architect for a project evaluation is essential. The complexities of a project will vary, and the extent of services needed to evaluate the project will vary as well. A project scope will be defined by the owner’s financial objectives which will in turn be integral with the projects budget. A speculative project balances cost with project scale. Market forces dictate what the project can handle, whether on a basis of lease or sale of the asset.  Some important design studies that an architect will provide include...

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Why Managing a Property is Like Putting on a Thanksgiving Dinner

Putting on a proper Thanksgiving dinner demands orchestrating and arranging many elements to make the ideal meal. Just like a Thanksgiving dinner, managing a property requires the right ingredients at the appropriate amounts and the proper timing to make everything come together. In light of the Thanksgiving holiday this week, we decided to show how managing a property is very much like putting together a Thanksgiving dinner.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Alternative Uses for Retail Property

Like the ghost towns of California that were left to wither away after the gold rush, many retail centers are becoming America's new small scale versions of the ghost town. These buildings are often useless, ugly splotches on communities, unable to maintain retail renters in an already saturated market.

Friday, November 9, 2012

BRES Honors Veterans

This Veterans Day, Block Real Estate Services honors those who served our country with hundreds of American flags on display at 112th and Nall in Overland Park, KS. BRES couldn't have done it without the help of Boy Scout Troop 584 who helped install the flags. The flags will be on display until November 12th. Click here to see the flag display photo gallery on the Kansas City Star.   Or click below to watch our  video. 

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Creating A Winning Property Presentation

A property presentation is the unique opportunity to get in front of your potential client and have their undivided attention. There are none of the usual barriers that keep you from a potential client: secretaries, appointments, etc. You have the floor.  Now, how will you fill that time in the most effective way possible?