Grisanti Group is pleased to announce that broker associate Nick Grisanti has earned his CCIM Designation.
To earn the CCIM designation, a candidate must complete several core CCIM courses focused on real estate investment analysis, real estate user decision analysis, market analysis, negotiations, and ethics. A candidate must also submit a portfolio of qualifying experience to demonstrate not only classroom knowledge but real world transaction experience. The designation process culminates with a comprehensive exam which the CCIM institute hosts twice yearly at its conferences.
Nick passed the CCIM comprehensive exam and received his CCIM pin on April 9th at the CCIM Midyear Governance Conference in Charlotte. He joins Principal Broker Paul Grisanti as the second member of the Grisanti Group team with the designation.
That headline might sound familiar. While Grisanti Group handles commercial real estate transactions of all kinds, large land sales continue to be a specialty. Owners routinely turn to Grisanti Group when they need a trusted expert to sell their land holdings. Our latest closed transaction was 70+ acres of industrial land in the western Louisville market on Camp Ground Road. The family that had owned this large property for many years engaged Paul Grisanti and Nick Grisanti to represent them on the sale.
The industrial market in Louisville and surrounding counties continues to be red hot. Vacancy rates are low, absorption of vacant space is at record levels, and developers are hungry for developable sites.
Grisanti Group has been busy in Bullitt County. We currently have over 125 acres listed in the I-65 corridor and have completed multiple recent transactions.
In 2020, Grisanti Group worked on the sale of 30-acre of industrial land from Northeast Solite Corporation to Alpine Home Air, which is constructing a new distribution center on the site. Nick Grisanti represented Northeast Solite and Paul Grisanti represented Alpine Home Air.
Just this week, Nick Grisanti and Krista Bicer represented a trio of owners who sold three parcels in a 15.26-acre assemblage. This land had two houses, but was zoned industrial. It is near the new Exit 114 I-65 interchange, and the area around this property will likely all be developed in the coming decade. An industrial development that proposes a 1,000,000SF building and a 500,000SF building is slated for the neighboring property.
Two of Nick and Krista’s seller clients needed to leaseback their homes while they build and search for homes to move into. Nick and Krista were able to successfully workout a leaseback arrangement with the buyer to the satisfaction of their clients. Grisanti Group was pleased to be able to help these clients sell their properties and take advantage of being in the path of progress.
Grisanti Group Commercial Real Estate was honored yesterday at the 2018 Business First Commercial Real Estate Champions event. The deal that was named an honoree at the event was Diversified Consultants Inc.’s 2017 office lease for which Grisanti Group acted as Tenant Representative. This project was one of 18 honorees to be recognized for their major impact on Louisville. Grisanti Group provided advised Jacksonville-based DCI throughout this project to locate its new call center in Louisville. DCI leased 60,000SF of office in Commerce Crossings Business Park at 5100 Interchange Drive.
This project began back in 2016 with an extensive search for suitable properties to meet DCI’s challenging specifications. Grisanti Group and DCI’s project team reviewed numerous properties, and ultimately determined that the Commerce Crossings building was the right fit. Nick Grisanti negotiated the deal with landlord Capstone Realty in late 2016 into early 2017. Nick also assisted DCI in arranging a job-creation tax incentive package from the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development and City of Louisville.
Initially, DCI leased 40,000SF with a right of first opportunity on remaining space 20,000SF in the building. In late summer 2017, another tenant began seriously considering a lease the remaining space. DCI opted to exercise its right of first opportunity and lease up the remainder of the building. Since that time, the entire building has be renovated to DCI’s specs.
DCI is steadily filling the space up with new employees, and aims to hire 1,000 workers within the next few years.
If your company is looking for office, industrial, or retail space, reach out to the professionals at Grisanti Group. There is no harder-working team than us, and we will go above and beyond to find the perfect space for our buyer and tenant clients.
Since Grisanti Group’s inception, brokering land deals has been one of our specialties. Agent Patti Evans demonstrated this by closing out 2017 with the sale of a 90-acre farm in Henry County. This was one our largest ever deals by total area. The property consists of a beautiful home, top-quality stable, utility shed, and stocked pond.
Despite the ample amenities on this property, large farms or tracts of land usually move slowly due to the limited number of potential buyers. Patti’s diligent efforts to identify a buyer and progress from contract to the closing table led to a sale of this property in 9 months from listing. A remarkably speedy process for a large land listing.
If you own a large piece of land and are looking to cash in on the value, now is a great time to test the market. The economy is strong, developers are building, and investors are looking for outlets for their cash other than the volatile stock market.
The farm that Patti sold did not go through a rezoning process. However, large land sales with which we’re involved often do require rezoning for commercial or higher density residential development. This process may seem daunting to the uninitiated. Grisanti Group has relationships with Louisville’s best zoning attorneys and land planning engineers to help buyers and sellers smoothly move through the rezoning and permitting process. With our advisory services and connections, we can help guide clients through the slow, but ultimately rewarding process of rezoning and development of raw land.
Call Grisanti Group today to consult with one of our agents on the potential uses and value of your property.
Louisville Business First reached out to our Principal Broker Paul Grisanti to get his expert wisdom for companies that are planning a relocation to Louisville. His advice in a nutshell: give yourself plenty of time.
His full answers are below:
What’s your best piece of advice to a company that is relocating?
Do not underestimate the time needed to properly go through the search process, and to find, or build, the facility for your needs. This time line will be determined by the size of the project and the marketplace.
Typically, the larger the project, the more time needed. And certainly, if a company is going to build, this takes more time. If the market is tight, this again adds to the time needed to find the right space. And if the company’s ideal space is not available, it will take time to research, and maybe find a property which is not on the market.
Now, after the perfect site is found, a tenant, or buyer does not want to be rushed. Proper due diligence must be followed to ensure that all of the boxes are checked. The specific items to investigate depends on whether the transaction is a purchase, a lease or a construction project. But I … assure you, it will take more time than you think, unless it is a very small project. And even a small project will take time to review pertinent documents. So the bottom line is this: plan for extra time.
What is a common mistake companies makewhen searching for new commercial space?
Underestimating or overestimating the space needed. This calculation must take multiple factors into consideration. First, if your business is growing, this growth rate must be considered into the space needs.
However, it is also very important to understand how an efficient operation can save on the amount of space needed. This is true for industrial, retail and office operations. I’ve seen companies desire larger space due to growth, and I’ve seen companies desire smaller space due to more efficient operation, or because they have outsourced an aspect of the operation, or because another aspect of the business model changed which resulted in space needs changing.
Also, not understanding the environment in a new city. Maybe a company is moving because they need to be closer to a customer, or a supplier. Or they want to expand to increase market share. Thorough investigation must be done to fully understand the total environment in a new location. This includes the market for space being plentiful, or tight. Is the labor pool able to fill the company’s needs? Will the company readily find space that is zoned for the company’s operations If the company’s required zoning is not available, it will take time to find the correct zoning, or to go through the rezoning process. (And rezoning a property may become expensive, especially if there is resistance from neighbors, and government.) Time spent in advance of any planned move will pay off later in time saved after a decision is made.
Grisanti Group has helped several clients with relocation and new location projects just this year. We represented Jacksonville-based DCI Collect on locating a new call center in Louisville and we represented Care Innovations on their office relocation. Fortunately, both of these clients understood the need to start early, and these projects will be completed within the target windows.
Grisanti Group sales and leasing agent Nick Grisanti worked with the Care Innovations’ leadership team to identify available Class A office space, negotiate lease terms, and secure approval for job-creation tax credits from the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development and Louisville Metro Government. Grisanti Group negotiated the lease transaction with Brown & Williamson Tower listing brokerage Jones Lang LaSalle.
Care Innovations’ decision to relocate from Prospect to the Central Business District is vote of confidence for the downtown real estate market. The momentum in Louisville’s class A office market is continuously swinging between the East End and Downtown. Several recent announcements have been wind in the sails of the downtown office market. Computershare’s decision to expand its footprint in Meidinger Tower, Ernest & Young’s decision to add 125 people to its downtown Louisville workforce and expand its footprint, and ad agency Scoppechio’s decision to take two floors in 400 West Market all bode well for the downtown real estate market. Additionally, the collapse of the Humana-Aetna merger allayed fears that Humana could significantly reduce its out-sized downtown footprint.
Grisanti Group is pleased to announce that our client Diversified Consultants, Inc., also know as DCI Collect, has signed a lease for nearly 40,000 square feet of office space. DCI Collect will locate at 5100 Interchange Way (pictured) in Commerce Crossings Business Park. Grisanti Group acted as the exclusive tenant representative for DCI in this transaction, which we brokered with landlord Capstone Development.
DCI had a challenging real estate requirement. It needed large, open floor plans that could fit its entire 400-person operation on a single floor and also needed an above-average parking ratio which most office buildings could not accommodate. Further complicating the transaction was working around the current tenant, which is moving out in the coming months. We worked with the landlord on a solution that would accommodate the move-out schedule of the existing tenant and DCI’s tight construction time frame. As an exclusive tenant representative in the Class A/B office market, agent Nick Grisanti was able to assist DCI by impartially evaluating multiple building options.
Are you looking for office or industrial property in Louisville? Call Grisanti Group today for unmatched service and expertise.
Grisanti Group Commercial Real Estate, a member of the ARGUS Self-Storage Sales Network, has recently sold South Oldham Self-Storage a 26,175-square foot facility with 187 units in Crestwood, Oldham County, KY. The purchase price was $1,700,000. The purchaser was a national self-storage company with facilities in multiple states. The seller was a local developer.
Paul Grisanti, Ower and Principal Broker of Grisanti Group, and Nick Grisanti, Sales and Leasing Associate with Grisanti Group, had the exclusive listing to market the property on behalf of the seller. Grisanti Group secured the purchaser and represented both parties in the transaction. Grisanti Group has brokered $11,170,000 in self-storage transactions in 2016.
South Oldham Self-Storage is in the heart of Crestwood, KY, a bustling community on the outskirts of the Louisville Metro Area. The facility was developed in 2001-2002 and consists of three buildings and outdoor parking for approximately 20 vehicles. The facility is fully fenced and has automated entry and exit gates. It has security cameras and an office for on-site management.
The self-storage/mini-warehousing industry is experiencing a boom right now, and many national and regional investment groups are looking to enter the Louisville market. Grisanti Group is poised to help self-storage owners in Kentucky, Tennessee, and Southern Indiana maximize the value of their asset by connecting them to the right buyer for their property. While the demand for these properties is growing, they don’t sell themselves. South Oldham Self-Storage was a perfect example of needing to find the perfect buyer. While many national self-storage real estate investment trusts (REITs) may have passed on this property due the size being smaller than their target range, Grisanti Group was able to identify a buyer that specializes in smaller facilities in secondary markets like Crestwood.
Call us today for a free evaluation of your self-storage/mini-warehouse property.
Our very own Paul Grisanti has been named in Louisville Business First‘s annual list of 20 People to Know in Real Estate. Louisville real estate community has many incredible professionals that keep our market activity humming. Paul is honored to be counted among them. Paul’s experience sitting on Louisville Metro’s Board of Zoning Adjustment gives him a unique perspective within the commercial brokerage community. Because of this experience, Paul is able to provide insight and guidance to our clients as they are navigating the tricky waters of Louisville’s zoning regulations.
Here’s Paul’s Business First questionnaire in full:
What regulations, requirements or red tape are most daunting about your work? As a broker, we must always be aware of legal issues and regulations of our practice. But, more importantly, we must also be aware of the legal issues and regulations which our clients face. The most daunting issue for developers is environmental regulations. Although governmental regulation is intended to be good for all, the effort required by some rules and regulations can be difficult to achieve.
What are some up-and-coming areas to look out for in Louisville real estate?Obviously, with the new bridges — and especially the East End bridge — the Crestwood area is poised to grow. This area is easily reachable from the East End bridge when coming from Indiana into Kentucky. Since no exit will be allowed at U.S. 42 when coming into Kentucky, taking Interstate 71 north and getting off at Crestwood will be convenient.
What advice would you give to someone who wants to build a real estate portfolio? Be choosy about selecting a very good location for now, and for the future. If you cannot purchase a property on your own, join with a good group who has similar goals.
Describe an experience with a client that was very gratifying to you. I assisted the owner in redeveloping a great property, from interviewing architects and contractors, to filling the mostly-vacant property with tenants. It is now 100 percent full and that is a good feeling.
What do you wish more people understood about the way your business operates? There are many aspects to this industry, and that is why it is so satisfying to me. I’m not certain that this question can be answered in one dimension. But, I will say that what is most misunderstood about this business are the technical issues — including legal issues — which some people do not appreciate or understand. Issues such as easements (rights granted to third parties), property title issues (is the obvious owner really the owner?), and the process of working thru the details of a contingent contract (sometimes there are lots of moving parts), are the most common areas of confusion.
Why did you get into the real estate business? I was in the restaurant business for more than 30 years and was able to communicate with customers of varied industries. Real estate always piqued my curiosity since it entailed so many different skills, such as communication, finance, negotiation and legal. And, it seemed to provide a good income, which it does.