Finding the right commercial property manager can be an arduous task for a business owner. Location is imperative to the services your company provides, and finding a knowledgeable property manager can be cost effective for your business.
Here to answer this week's "Behind the List" questions and give insight into property management in the Greater Lehigh Valley is Tom Skeans, senior adviser at Sperry Van Ness | Imperial Realty in Hanover Township, Lehigh County.
Lehigh Valley Business: How long has Sperry Van Ness | Imperial Realty been in business and what are its primary services?
Tom Skeans: We were founded in 1973 as a residential brokerage firm. Soon after, we added appraisal services and then transitioned to commercial brokerage by the late '70s.
Today, we are a full-service commercial real estate company. Our services include property management, sales and leasing, consulting, routine maintenance, tenant improvement supervision, corporate services and appraisal.
LVB: Does SVN work solely on a commercial level, or does it also manage residential properties?
Skeans: Yes, we are 100 percent commercial with the exception of a small but growing portfolio of apartments that we own.
LVB: What have been some of the biggest hardships and opportunities SVN has encountered throughout its years in business?
Skeans: In today's economy, companies are focused on cutting expenses to improve the bottom line. In 2014, we are focusing on our corporate real estate services to meet this need.
Our unique set of skills enables us to deliver a comprehensive solution to meet today's corporations' real estate needs. Christopher Baj, CCIM [Certified Commercial Investment Member], CPA [Certified Public Accountant] is heading up this division. With his accounting background and real estate experience, he brings practical advice to the complex world of corporate real estate.
LVB: How does SVN directly stimulate the local economy of the Greater Lehigh Valley?
Skeans: We own and manage commercial real estate that services some of the largest companies in the Lehigh Valley, including FedEx, Lehigh Valley Health Network, Good Shepherd and Verizon, to name a few. We enable companies to focus on their core business rather than worry about the real estate they need to fulfill their business.
LVB: What does the future look like for SVN on a local level? Does it have plans for growth in the region?
Skeans: We focus on relationships. When our clients come to us with a need, we work to fill it. There have been a lot of challenges to the commercial real estate market since 2008. This has created a lot of opportunity in the past few years. We focus on finding opportunities for our clients, seizing them and managing them to profitability.
In 2004, we joined Sperry Van Ness International to better serve our clients. We now leverage our national size and strength to obtain very competitive costs in areas including property insurance, accounting and bulk bidding for services.
Compiled by christopher holland